NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary Is In Full Swing!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is well into its opening weekend. The  Festival App is an excellent tool to plan the Fest! It is available in App stores. A VIP Badge offers the premium festival experience and are available.

 

Here’s a quick look at upcoming films.

Music Documentaries | Chuck Berry: Directed by John Brewer

Sunday 10/6 2:00 PM

Berry

Brewer tells the story of a black preacher’s son who managed to cross the racial divide in 1950’s America with the power of a well-crafted song and a Fender guitar, only to discover that what was on the other side held the organized prejudice of a nation. This is a highly artistic nod to Sin City that shines a light on the facts and phantoms around the story of the Granddaddy of Rock & Roll. Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Carles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt. TICKETS

Graveyard Shift | Driven – Dark Comedy/Thriller – Directed by Glenn Payne

Driven

 

In this dark-comedy thriller, Emerson (Casey Dillard) is a ride share driver with nights full of annoyances until she picks up Roger (Richard Speight, Jr.), a mysterious out of towner on a mission to break a multi-generational curse.

This delightful movie handles jobs we hate, self-identity crisis, and coming of age tales all while slashing through legions of demons and reminding us to tip our drivers. It got snark, scares, and a whole lot of heart that pushes the boundaries of what can be done in genre films to give viewers the best ride possible. TICKETS

Documentaries | Gay Chorus: Deep South – Directed by David Charles Rodrigues

Saturday 10/5 12:00 PM

Gay Chorus

In response to a wave of anti-LGBT laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Joined by allies, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, they bring a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. The journey is a celebration of the power of music. TICKETS.

Music Documentaries | Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl – Directed by Amy Goldstein

Saturday 10/5 6:30 PM
Sunday 10/6 12:30 PM

Kate Nash

Kate Nash, punk renegade, TV wrestling queen (GLOW), and DIY leader of an all-girl band forgoes money and fame to speak out about gender inequality in the music business and to embolden other young women to find their voice. Cast: Kate Nash, Alicia Warrington, Frederik Thaae, Kate Craig, Tom Biller, Jarrad Kritzstein. TICKETS.

See you at the movies!

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(Sourced from press releases provided by NashFest and Alexa Oliphant)

 

FILM REVIEW: Chuck Berry (World Premiere) #NashFilm50

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Chuck Berry, directed by Ron Brewer, made its world premiere at the 50th Anniversary Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 10.36.37 PMof the Nashville Film Festival, Friday, October 4, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. Berry, an extraordinary entertainer, ushered in the era of rock-n-roll, with a showmanship that has often been imitated and rarely duplicated.

Brewer does his homework as he sheds light on the man and career that shaped and molded the British invasion during the 1960’s in a predominantly chronological treatment. Complete with archival footage of Berry and numerous rock-n-roll legends including Steven Van Zandt, Keith Richards, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, George Thoroughgood, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper and additional archival footage of Jerry Lee Lewis draw a picture of a era- defining career.

Chuck Berry opens in a highly stylized, animated treatment as the audience is introduced to the the film’s subject. Berry a St. Louis, Missouri, native had an energy that seemed to lack the necessary resources to meet his personal needs. Consequently, periods of incarceration defined Berry’s young adult life.

As often is the case, legends of Berry’s stature myths become truth. Not so with Chuck Berry, as those who inhabited Berry’s orbit tell the story beginning with Berry’s wife, Themetta, and continued with his son, Charles Berry, Jr., and daughter, Ingrid Berry. Brewer aids the telling of the story with a voice-over-narrator, still photos – both in color and black and white, animation, interviews and a treasure trove of cultural artifacts including a 1964 St. Louis Federation of Musicians union card.

A long-time idol of the suave Nat King Cole, young Berry tried to imitate Cole’s style.Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 10.37.40 PM Realizing, Cole’s unique talent, Berry began experimenting with a more percussive style in his guitar playing. According to Nile Rodgers this is where the music of Chuck Berry made the crossover from blues to rock-n-roll. Chicago-based Chess records got wind of Berry’s talent and star potential and began promoting Berry’s music. “Maybelline” “authored” by the payola king, Allen Fried, hit the airwaves and became Chess Records first major hit.

Berry’s lyrical music was often referred to as poetic, telling a full story in three minutes. Many still refer to Berry as the Poet Laureate of Rock-n-roll. And, if that’s not enough of a cultural impact, consider the number of baby boomers, black and white teens, hearing the music and dancing together!

Seemingly, Berry realized his talent and its monetary worth demanding cash upfront before his performances. Berry began investing in real estate and by the late 1960’s created Berry Park with a 17,000 square foot mansion and the world’s first guitar shaped swimming pool. Unfortunately, Berry’s financial reporting came under scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, Berry created some powerful adversaries.

Local St. Louis businessman, theatre owner, developer and proprietor of Blueberry Hill (the home of Berry’s last show), Joe Edwards, reminisced on Berry’s enormous impact on the local music scene and lamented the impact racism had on Berry’s career and personal life. On the nearby University City Delmar Loop Walk of Fame, the name “Chuck Berry” adorns star number one.

Unquestionably, Berry’s music and showmanship will stand the test of time. Chuck Berry ensures Chuck Berry the man is given his rightful due. Highly recommended!

*It is a tribute to both Chuck Berry and the 50th Nashville Film Festival to premiere Chuck Berry.

 

 

Nashville’s Creators Conference Revs Its Creative Motors

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Nashville Film Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, began hosting the NashFilm Creators Conference this morning October 4, 2019 with a plethora of highly diverse panels.

Panelist Matt DeLisi showcased some of the latest software and equipment for implementing VR into production, both pre-production and post-production. Audience members were provided an opportunity to operate equipment in a virtual environment. In addition, a VR station was operational for attendees to experience VR.

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Filmmaker Emerson Kyle, left, dons the VR goggles at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Creators Conference, October 4th, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

Coinciding with the Evolving Future of VR in Filmmaking, was the Take A Stand: Films For Social Justice with panelists Blair Durham, Peter Samuelson, Denae Peters.

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Blair Durham, left, moderates the Nashville Film Festival’s Creators Conference Take A Stand: Films For Social Justice panel with from left to right; Andy Peterson, Denae Peters, and Peter Samuelson, on October 4th, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

Coming right on the heels of the first two panels were the overlapping New Voices in LGBTQ Filmmaking featuring filmmakers who are sharing stories stemming from unique experiences and socially marginalized characters and individuals who were previously not considered mainstream material and Evolve Studios: The New Frontier, showcasing a Nashville-based, maverick studio start-up focusing on turn-key production services.

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The Evolve Studios team, left to right; Founder Joel Edwards, Vice President David Kiedis, Senior Producer Jen Lewis, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President Jessie Edwards, Story Developer Lindsey Perkins, and Senior Editor, Zach Pritchard, at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Creators Conference, October 4th, 2019, at Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Filmmakers Flavio Alves, left, and Roy Wol share their filmmaking prowess in discussing their latest project The Garden Left Behind at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Creator’s Conference on October 4th, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

Tonight’s main feature is the much-anticipated documentary on the father of rock-n-roll, Chuck Berry, directed by Jon Brewer. Along with tonight’s screening there will be an opportunity to catch a “sneak peek” of a new ‘Gibson Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350 Tribute’ Guitar. The historically accurate guitar will be available starting October 18, in celebration of the legendary performer’s birthday, at Authorized Gibson Dealers worldwide.

See you at the movies!

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Nashville Film Festival Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Edition In Style

Posted by Larry Gleeson

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Singer-Songwriter Lauren Jenkins in a soulful performance at the Clementine in Nashville, Tenn., at the Opening Night Gala, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, to lift off the 50th Nashville Film Festival. The festival is set to run October 3-12, 2019. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The 50th Nashville Film Festival is underway. Executive Director Jason Padgitt welcomed filmgoers, filmmakers and talent alike at the Clementine in Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday night……and he wasn’t alone! Padgitt provided the traditional opening remarks onstage with rising talent, singer-songwriter, Lauren Jenkins.

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Jason Padgitt, left, introduces singer-songwriter, Lauren Jenkins, Thursday night, October 3rd, 2019, at the Clementine in Nashville, Tenn., at the Opening Night Gala for the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival with a run of October 3rd through October 12th. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The Opening Night Film program screened Taika Waititi’s much-buzzed-about dark comedy JoJo Rabbit, which delves into the World War II-era perspective of a young German boy who is forced to reconsider the nationalism in which he was raised. The film was proceeded by a VIP tent party at the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, home to this year’s screenings and the Creators Conference.

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VIP Hospitality at the Nashville Film Festival on Opening Night, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Band members from Nikki’s Wives and Veridian gather for a little fun and socializing at the 50th Nashville Film Festival on October 3rd, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Saint Luna Opening Night Cocktail Sponsor at the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville  (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Nashville Film Festival Sponsor Mercedez-Benz adorns the entryway of the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville  (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, home to this year’s screenings and the Creators Conference. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

For more information on the 5oth Nashville Film Festival, including purchasing tickets and passes, please visit: https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

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The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in the world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.

With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States.

*Featured photo: Bryce Bilello, Theatre Operations, Nashville Film Festival (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

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The 50th Nashville Film Festival opening tonight!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Finishing touches are made for the opening night screening of Taika Waititi’s much-buzzed-about dark comedy JoJo Rabbit for the 50th edition of the Nashville film Festival showcasing the best in music, film and culture.

In addition,  the Creators Conference for industry and film aficionados alike will be taking place tomorrow October 4th and Saturday October 5th.

Stay tuned for more as the party is just getting started!

For more information immediately, including purchasing tickets and passes, please visit: https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/