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NashFilm Creators Conference – HBO Panel

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Nashville Film Festival’s Creators Conference was highlighted Saturday by a keynote panel with HBO’s Len Amato and Evyen J. Klean, providing key insights into how ideas are chosen by the network giant and brought to life. The perspectives of HBO’s President of Film, Miniseries and Cinemax Programming Len Amato and Emmy winning producer and music supervisor Evyen J. Klean were shared on topics including how “greenlight” decisions are made and the artistic balance of film and music that can lead to successful films. The Nashville Film Festival runs through Saturday, Oct. 12.

Len Amato HBO

(Source: NashFilm press release)

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NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary is Making Memories

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is showing hot films while the temperatures are cooling. Try the Nashville Film Festival App and Plan Your Fest! Find it the App stores.

Fest in style with a VIP Badge! Available here: NashFilm

 

Check out a few of yesterday’s candid shots!

Kate and Jan

Upcoming Hot Tickets

Mars

The Sheriff of Mars | Directed by Jason Ressler, Matthew Woolf
Mon, Oct 7, 1:30 PM

This is an uplifting tale of the musical redemption of a lovable, complex artist who exudes a magical and unique authenticity. Daniel Antopolsky is a country singer/songwriter who was discovered in France when he was 65. He had with him “he had 500 of the best songs no one had ever heard”. Today, he has released 4 albums with major media attention and toured the world with his music. Watch his rise as a Nashville recording artist and concert musician. TICKETS

Lost Bayou

Lost Bayou | Directed by Brian C. Miller Richard
Mon. Oct 7, 6:30 PM
Tues. Oct 8, 12:00 PM

In this hauntingly evocative Southern Gothic mystery, a struggling addict ventures into the Louisiana swampland to reconnect with her faith healer father, only to discover he is hiding a troubling secret aboard his houseboat. TICKETS

Wall of Mexico

The Wall of Mexico| | Directed by Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
Mon. Oct 7, 7:30 PM

Veteran actors Esai Morales and Mariel Hemingway join with some newcomers to spin a fantasy about rich Mexicans turning the tables on poor white people. Inspired by the Trump Presidency, The Wall of Mexico premiered at SXSW is a role-reversing fantasy about a wealthy Mexican-American family that decides to build a wall to deter the intrusion of poor white people in the vicinity. TICKETS

Rodman

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET | Directed by Roman Chimienti, Tuler Jensen
Tues. Oct 8, 6:00 PM

Mark Patton travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” TICKETS

Berry Hill

Berry Hill | Directed by Buzz Cason and Mark Harper
Tues. Oct. 8, 2:30 PM 

Nashville‘s Berry Hill, now home to 40 music studios, took off when Buz Cason opened Creative Workshop there in 1970. He quickly recorded five number one hits by the Gatlin Brothers, and followed up with top artists like Gene Cotton, Kim Carnes, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, the Doobie Brothers, Olivia Newton-John, Roy Orbison, The Faces, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Elvis Presley and more. The studio, known now as Blackbird, is owned by John McBride, and is one of Nashville’s premier recording studios, sound engineer schools and equipment rental companies. TICKETS

Bluebird

Bluebird | Directed by Brian Loschiavo
Still Tickets Available
Tues. Oct. 8, 5:30 PM / 7:00 PM / 7:15 PM / Sat. Oct. 12, 12 PM

It was 1982, and Amy Kurland, a 27-year-old culinary school graduate, was opening a café in the strip mall of an upscale Nashville suburb. She had no idea it would eventually become the most influential listening room in America. Over the next three decades, with Amy’s unwavering passion to showcase and nurture new talent, this unassuming venue would help birth legendary careers of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and countless more. The film features unforgettable performances by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell and many more. TICKETS

Doc Shorts

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Documentary Shorts 1:Sun, Oct 6, 6:30 PM & Wed, Oct 9, 3:00 PM
Documentary Shorts 2: Mon. Oct 7, 12:30 PM & Tues. Oct 8, 6:00 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the amazing story of how the Berkeley police department, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, an Academy Award winner and Mr. Spock are all connected by “Sudden Birth”, one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created.TICKETS

Lumineers

The Lumineers III | Directed by Kevin Phillips
Sat., Oct. 12, 4:30 PM

The Lumineers’ III is a visual exploration of the band’s third and latest album. In three chapters corresponding with the album’s ten tracks, we follow three generations of a working-class family in the American Northeast. TICKETS

See you at the movies!

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*Featured photo: Emmett Anderson, left, and Talya Klein, finalists for Drama Feature Screenwriting Competition

FILM REVIEW: The Sheriff of Mars

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Jason Ressler has uncovered a treasure trove of outlaw country music and is bringing it to the world via the big screen in a heart-warming, soul-touching film, The Sheriff of Mars about Daniel Antopolsky, a cohort of legendary country singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt. After watching Van Zandt nearly die from an overdose, Antopolsky, kept Van Zandt alive getting him to emergency care minutes before what would have been a fatal overdose. The experience left the sensitive Antopolsky shaken and he not only left the music business, he left the country landing in France where he took up farming. All the while, he wrote songs secretly hoping someone would “discover him.” By the time Ressler found Antopolsky in France’s Bordeaux region, Antopolsky had written 500 songs.

Ressler was taking a break from filmmaking when his path crossed with Antopolsky. Hearing the song “Sweet Lovin’ Music,” Ressler soon realized he had discovered the missing link between the outlaw country music of Willy Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and the hard country anthems of life’s difficulties. Ressler persuaded Antopolsky to submit a sample of his work to Nashville. Grammy nominated producer Gary Gold was stupefied at what he heard and brought Antopolsky to his home recording studio to begin recording an album.

And, despite forty years having passed, Antopolsky, “kept on keeping on” dealing with each obstacle and hurdle he encountered in a manner consistent with his life philosophy honed from Jewish schooling and his time spent with nature on the farm. He feels he always has a choice between anxiety and patience realizing patience allows life to work situations out much like a seed germinating and growing to maturity. And sometimes, he has to pull some weeds. Antopolsky struggled more managing to release four albums, gaining national media attention and has  been playing all over the world after the age of 65.

Hats off the Ressler as he’s able to capture Antopolsky at work, driving his truck, interacting with his wife and twin daughters as he spent time uncovering a self-claimed “closet musician.” Moreover, Ressler manages to dislodge difficult childhood experiences that impacted Antopolsky way of life revealing a wonderful, lovable character. In several heartfelt moments, Antopolsky appears emotionally touched at memories and at the beauty around him. In addition, Ressler weaves the early years Antopolsky spent with Van Zandt and questions Antopolsky about Van Zandt’s “Poncho and Lefty,” a Grammy winning song Willy Nelson and Merle Haggard covered. Humble to the bone, the left-handed Antopolsky stated he didn’t know if the song was about him or not.

As with any good documentary film, Ressler interviews those who orbited in Antopolsky space including his brothers, Nashville music executives and a live 1972 radio interview with Townes Van Zandt where the main topic seemed to be Antopolsky. And, Ressler adds some subtle touches to elevate the work such as his Hitchcockian cameos and including Antopolsky’s humorous first music video as Antopolsky pays homage to the silent film era with text tiles and antics reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin.

In the end, The Sheriff of Mars, with a run time of 93 minutes, is an entertaining, “uplifting story of the musical redemption of a complex artist and character who exudes a magical and unique authenticity.” The film is co-directed by Matthew Woolf. Highly recommended!

*The Sheriff of Mars screens October 7th, 2019, at 1;30 P.M. at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival, Regal Hollywood 27 Theater 5.

FILM REVIEW: Alice (2019)

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Alice, from Writer/Director Josephine Mackerras, is a bold and audacious drama that digs deep Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 1.33.43 PMinto the female psyche from start to finish. Martin Swabey, portraying the husband, Francois Ferrand, opens up the film with legendary French actor, Jean Gabin masculine looks and presence, while Emillie Piponnier, portraying the wife, Alice Ferrand, looks on with loving eyes. Jules Milo Levy Mackerras portrays, the couple’s innocent young son, Miles. Jules Milo Levy Mackerras portrays the couple’s young son, Miles.

Cinematographer Mickael Delahaie quickly draws focus into the world of Francois and Alice with his hand-held verite style camera operation as a world of love and friendship abounds – seemingly.

Life changes in an instant for the happy-homemaker, however, as she is forced to deal with harsh realities of the human condition as her husband has depleted their bank account and is months behind in the rent due to his penchant for a high-end escort service. Alice reaches out to family and friends for financial support but is stonewalled. Alice turns to prostituting herself in an effort to keep her home and take care of Miles after Francois disappears.

The journey becomes bumpy and is full of a few twists and turns as Alice finds friendship and a new soulmate in another prostitute, Lisa, who has no qualms in supporting herself with high-end prostitution. For Alice, however, the journey becomes bumpy and is full of a few twists and turns as she finds a liberation in living her life on life’s terms. Yet, the stigma of being a prostitution puts her in a precarious situation after Francois returns seeking reconciliation.

Alexander Levy Forrest adds a driving sound track that heightens tension in dramatic fashion when Alice discovers Francois has absconded after squandering their savings. Marsha Bramwell edits with a somewhat non-linear artistic edge that works beautifully.Meanwhile, Alexandre Montes keeps Alice and her newly found prostitute friend, Lisa, portrayed by Chloe Boreham (The Unicorn, 2018), fresh and enchantingly mesmerizing as they meet and become friends. Lisa becomes both a confidante and mentor to Alice.

Alice is in the running for the Nashville Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, Bridgestone Narrative Feature Competition, after pulling down top honors for narrative at the 2019 SXSW Festival along with Mackerras winning the CherryPicks Female First Feature Award.

The film is in the French language with easy-to-read English subtitles and with a runtime of 103 minutes is very watchable, although American audiences might find the the business-as-usual depiction of prostitution a little off putting. Yet, Mackerras is a first-rate story-teller and delivers an exceptional package with strong production values, compelling performances and exceptional writing. In addition, she deftly poses questions of social ethics while inviting discussion on the topic of double standards in society. Highly recommended!

Alice is screening again at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival on Wednesday, October 9th, at 12:00 PM, Regal Hollywood 27,  Theater 4.

See you at the movies!

 

Hot tickets at 50th NashFilm Festival!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Things are heating up at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival while the temperatures outside are coming down!

Tickets and badges are available here: Nashville Film Festival Ticketing.

Hot tickets for upcoming films include the following:

Berry

Music Documentaries | Chuck Berry: Directed by John Brewer
Sunday 10/6 2:00 PM

Chuck Berry 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 Chuck Berry’s legacy that shines a light on the facts and phantoms around the story of the true King of Rock & Roll. Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Carles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt. TICKETS

Who's the Girl

Who’s the Girl | Directed by Bart Peters
Sun. Oct. 6, 3:30 PM

This original Big Branch documentary is about a powerful Nashville vocalist, soulful performer and three-time Grammy winner no one’s ever heard of. The journey of Ashley Cleveland unveils the inner struggles of an artist admired by many and misunderstood by the industry, following her as she unearths musical honesty and ultimately discovers a place where she is seen, heard, and belongs. Cast: Ashley Cleveland, GarthBrooks, Kenny Greenberg, Emmylou Harris TICKETS

Berry

Music Documentaries | Chuck Berry: Directed by John Brewer
Sunday 10/6 2:00 PM

Chuck Berry 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 Chuck Berry’s legacy that shines a light on the facts and phantoms around the story of the true King of Rock & Roll. Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Carles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt. TICKETS

Sheriff of Mars

The Sheriff of Mars | Directed by Jason Ressler, Matthew Woolf
Sun, Oct 6, 7:00 PM
Mon, Oct 7, 1:30 PM

This is an uplifting tale of the musical redemption of a lovable, complex artist who exudes a magical and unique authenticity. Daniel Antopolsky is a country singer/songwriter who was discovered in France when he was 65. He had with him “he had 500 of the best songs no one had ever heard”. Today, he has released 4 albums with major media attention and toured the world with his music. Watch his rise as a Nashville recording artist and concert musician. TICKETS

Thing You Do

That Thing You Do | Directed by Tom Hanks, 1996
Johnathon Schaech in attendance for Q&A!

Sun.Oct. 6, 5:00 PM

Wily band manager, Mr. White, helps a small-town band achieve big time success when they release a Beatles-style pop song in 1964. Pennsylvania band the “Oneders” become a sensation after their drummer breaks his arm, and is replaced by jazz enthusiast, Guy Patterson, who injects something a bit different into their music. Cast: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn TICKETS

Berry Hill

Berry Hill | Directed by Buzz Cason and Mark Harper
Tues. Oct. 8, 2:30 PM 

Nashville’s Berry Hill, now home to 40 music studios, took off when Buz Cason opened Creative Workshop there in 1970. He quickly recorded five number one hits by the Gatlin Brothers, and followed up with top artists like Gene Cotton, Kim Carnes, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, the Doobie Brothers, Olivia Newton-John, Roy Orbison, The Faces, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Elvis Presley and more. The studio, known now as Blackbird, is owned by John McBride, and is one of Nashville’s premier recording studios, sound engineer schools and equipment rental companies. TICKETS

Bluebird

Bluebird | Directed by Brian Loschiavo
Still Tickets Available
Tues. Oct. 8, 5:30 PM / 7:00 PM / 7:15 PM / Sat. Oct. 12, 12 PM

It was 1982, and Amy Kurland, a 27-year-old culinary school graduate, was opening a café in the strip mall of an upscale Nashville suburb. She had no idea it would eventually become the most influential listening room in America. Over the next three decades, with Amy’s unwavering passion to showcase and nurture new talent, this unassuming venue would help birth legendary careers of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and countless more. The film features unforgettable performances by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell and many more. TICKETS

Scream Queen

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET | Directed by Roman Chimienti, Tuler Jensen

Tues. Oct 8, 6:00 PM

Mark Patton travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.”

Extra Treat

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Nashville Film Fest Hosts Chuck Berry World Premiere

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Chuck Berry, directed by Ron Brewer, made its world premiere at the 50th Anniversary of 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.

The evening opened with a full on red carpet and Nashville hospitality. The screening was well received as the film’s director, Ron Brewer, does his homework as he shed light on the man and career that shaped and molded the British invasion during the 1960’s. The night continued with a celebratory after party at Nashville Acme Seed.

 

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Berry Family posing with an authentic Gibson Berry Guitar at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019. The family was present for the world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)
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Live entertainment at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019, following th world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)
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The Music Supervisors at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019, following the world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

Stay tuned for more as the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is heating up as temperatures outside are coming down!

See you at the movies…..

 

FILM REVIEW: Mr. Temple And The Tigerbelles

Posted by Larry Gleeson

While many of us have heard of Wilma Rudolph, the sickly child who wore leg braces until the age of 8, who went on to become the first athlete to win three Olympic Gold medals in track and field, most of us have never heard of Edward S. Temple, the coach of the Tennessee State Tigerbelles track team. Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles is a 40-minute documentary about the legendary track and field coach and a group of 40 African American female athletes who broke the color barrier of the Olympics during the Jim Crow era, snagging 23 medals, 16 of them Gold at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.

The film opens with the sound of a starter pistol and the beginning of a sprint and deftly transitions with a match cut to a black and white archival footage of Wilma Rudolph dominating a 100 meter dash. Voice over narration informs the viewer of the beginning of integration in the United States of America. The Civil Rights movement is emerging and the Tennessee Tigerbelles are dominating world track and field competition.

The story is a non-linear treatment as its attention grabbing opening begs the question of why. As the storyline transgresses back to 1946 and the arrival of Ed Temple on the Tennessee State University (TSU) campus, the viewer in introduced to a man trying to make ends meet for his family teaching and holding a Postal Service job. TSU President Walter Davis noticed something about Mr. Temple and offered him the women’s track coach position. With the job, Mr. Temple was given $300 and two station wagons. The rest as they say is history.

Only this history is being forgotten. Mr. Temple recruited his athletes to come to the historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee (the school merged with University of Tennessee at Nashville, a formerly white institution in 1979) without the enticement of scholarships. Yet, one hundred percent of his athletes graduated. Temple desire to succeed was instilled into his athletes with a tough love. He was at once a coach, a guidance counselor and a father figure. Numerous interviews from his former steeds attest to the fact they owed much of their career success and life success to the principles and life lessons Mr. Temple taught.

The night before an unveiling of a statue dedicated to Mr. Temple, a group of friends and former athletes felt the world needed to know about the Tennessee Tigerbelles and the driving force behind much of their unprecednted success, Edward S. Temple. After spearheading the fundraising, Bo Robertson undertook the Ed Temple Documentary Fund and after bringing on Tom Neff to make the film and Shelly Hay to produce is bringing the vision of bringing the world to Mr. Temple’s historic Tigerbelles.

Barry Rubinow edits the film with some excellent match cuts. The accompany musical score augments and propels the inspirational nature of the film’s message that left several audience members in tears. Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles is more than a documentary on the Tennessee State Tigerbelles. In its current short form it serves as an historical document of  “the best of the best that America can be.” A must-see film!

 

 

 

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)

 

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/

About

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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