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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/

 

 

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NEW – 50th Nashville Festival Films Announced!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Nashville Film Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019, unveiled Screen Shot 2019-09-25 at 8.42.21 AMthe selections for its Special Presentations category. This year’s special presentations take viewers into the World War II-era perspective of a young German boy who is forced to reconsider the nationalism in which he was raised, a searing behind-the-scenes look at the dissolution of a marriage, and a darkly comedic dive into the life of a struggling comedian and his unlikely friendship with his eccentric dermatologist.

Selections include the dark and clever Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit, fresh off of its run at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Marriage Story, a raw and honest dive into love and relationships that was a favorite in Toronto as well as the Venice Film Festival. Also featured is the powerful narrative Clemency, winner of the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, starring Alfre Woodard, a prison warden overseeing death row executions, as she struggles with the justification and morality of the job at hand.

The Special Presentations category will also include Bacurau; By the Grace of God; Foster Boy; A Hidden Life; The Kill Team; and Standing Up, Falling Down. Selections for the Narrative Features program include Alice, The Best of Dorien B., The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Burning Cane, Dirty God, Eternal Winter, Retrospekt, Saint Frances, Watch List, and This World Won’t Break.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS PROGRAM

BACURAU, directed by Juliano Dornelles & Kleber Mendonça Filho. Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps and a UFO-shaped drone starts flying overhead. In a genre-bending twist, a band of armed mercenaries arrive in town picking off the inhabitants one by one. A fierce confrontation takes place when the townspeople turn the tables on the villainous outsiders, banding together by any means necessary to protect and maintain their remote community.

BY THE GRACE OF GOD, directed by François Ozon. Based on real events, Francois Ozon’s By the Grace of God is a gripping and urgent story of the survivors who band together to expose and dismantle the French Catholic Church’s code of silence surrounding pastoral abuse.

CLEMENCY, directed by Chinonye Chukwu. Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

FOSTER BOY, directed by Youssef Delara. Foster Boy is the truth-based legal drama about a high-powered litigator who takes on the case of disadvantaged African-American young man, starring Matthew Modine and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie. Overcoming their differences and mutual distrust, Modine’s Michael Trainer and McGhie’s Jamal Randolph uncover the abuses of the for-profit foster care system – a real-world reality that inspired the film. Co-Presented in association with the International Black Film Festival.

A HIDDEN LIFE, directed by Terrence Malick. Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

HONEY BOY, directed by Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach, LoveTrue). From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf based on his own experiences brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. Fictionalizing his ascent to stardom, and subsequent crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea) as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career.

JOJO RABBIT, directed by Taika Waititi. Writer director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

THE KILL TEAM, directed by Dan Krauss. When Andrew Briggman (Nat Wolff), a young soldier in the US invasion of Afghanistan, witnesses other recruits killing innocent civilians under the direction of a sadistic leader, Sergeant Deeks (Alexander Skarsgård), he considers reporting them to higher-ups — but the heavily-armed, increasingly violent platoon becomes suspicious that someone in their ranks has turned on them, and Andrew begins to fear that he’ll be the next target.

MARRIAGE STORY, directed by Noah Baumbach. An incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

THE SONG OF NAMES, directed by François Girard. Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) has been haunted throughout his life by the mysterious disappearance of his “brother” and extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. Co-presented with the Nashville Jewish Film Festival.

STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, directed by Matt Ratner. A struggling stand-up comedian at a crossroads in his life returns to his hometown and finds an unlikely kindred spirit in his pot-smoking dermatologist.

THE TROUBLE WITH YOU, directed by Pierre Salvadori. In a town on the French Riviera, detective Yvonne (Adèle Haenel) is the widow of police chief Santi, a local hero idolized by their young son. When she realizes her husband was not the model of virtue she believed him to be and that an innocent man, Antoine, has spent eight years in prison as Santi’s scapegoat, her world is thrown into turmoil. Yvonne wants to do everything she can to help the young man get back to his life and his wife (Audrey Tautou). Everything, that is, except, exposing the truth. But Antoine is having trouble adjusting to life after prison and soon blows a fuse, leading to a spectacular sequence of events.

The Nashville Film Festival previously announced official program selections for its Narrative Features Competition Program for the 50th edition of the festival. Selections include Alice, The Best of Dorien B., The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Burning Cane, Dirty God, Eternal Winter, Retrospekt, Saint Frances, Watch List and This World Won’t Break. Other films include: Ernie & Joe, Bedlam, Rewind, Dark Suns, Seahorse, Gay Chorus: Deep South, Changing the Game, Baracoa, 17 Blocks, Red Dog, What We Left Unfinished, Stuffed, Homemade, The Hot August, I Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story and Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story in the Documentary Competition category.  International Falls, the world premiere of the civil rights era coming-of-age story Tuscaloosa, Speed of Life, Babysplitters, Barbie’s Kenny, Working Man, Inside The Rain, and Hudson as films selected for the U.S. Independents category.  Music documentaries include the world premiere of Chuck Berry by filmmaker Jon Brewer; Born Into the Gig by filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore from filmmakers Imogen Putler and Monika Baran; and The Sheriff of Mars from filmmakers Jason Ressler and Matthew Woolf for the music documentary.  Additional programming announcements for Nashville Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary will continue through the end of September.

Passes and Tickets for the 2019 Nashville Film Festival:

VIP Festival badges are now on sale beginning at $295 at www.nashfilm.org.  VIP Badges provide priority access to films, panels and exclusive parties. Single ticket sales for most films and panels are on sale now and available at www.nashfilm.org.

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ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL: The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in 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 and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019.  For more information, visit nashfilm.org.

Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 11.52.10 PM(Source: NashFilm blog)

Nashville Film Festival Appoints Jason Padgitt as Executive Director

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) announced that its board of directors has appointed global marketing executive Jason Padgitt as its new Executive Director in a key advancement of its strategic growth plan.

Padgitt joins the Nashville Film Festival following more than 20 years of leadership in the music and entertainment industries with deep experience in high-profile branding, consumer marketing, digital marketing and communications. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications for Nashville-based Gibson Brands. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation and as a leading marketing and PR executive with Los Angeles-based agency, Rogers & Cowan.

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Jason Padgitt  ((Photo credit: NashFilm Festival)

“I am extremely excited to lead the Nashville Film Festival into the next stage of development and growth,” said Jason Padgitt.

“This organization has an incredible heritage of discovering and elevating creative talent from all around the world. I look forward to accelerating that success by significantly increasing the organization’s visibility, cultural importance and global reach.”

 

Padgitt will lead the Nashville Film Festival in growing its brand equity, strengthening its global cultural impact and building engaging year-round programming and world-class experiences for the creative community, membership, audiences and supporting sponsors.

“The board views Jason’s hiring as a defining moment for the organization,” said Jim

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Jim Scherer, Nashville Film Festival board president. (Photo credit: NashFilm Festival)

Scherer, Nashville Film Festival board president. “It speaks highly of Jason that he was the board’s choice to lead the festival into the future, especially as we approach the festival’s 50th anniversary year in 2019. He is a talented executive with the heart and desire to see the Nashville Film Festival become a must-attend event for this region and attendees from around the world.”

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
The Nashville Film Festival will celebrate its 50th annual event Oct. 3-12, 2019. The globally recognized festival presents the best in 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 is widely-recognized as one of the fastest-growing festivals in the U.S. and has screened several Oscar® winning films including “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” “Curfew,” “Ida,” and “Bear Story.” Oscar nominated films previously featured at the festival include, “Last Men in Aleppo,” “Abacus: Too Small to Jail,” “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” “Dogtooth,” and “Ajami,” among many others. Celebrity honorees and participants have included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Tyler, Susan Sarandon, William H. Macy, Al Gore, Nicole Kidman, Danny Glover and many more.  Additional information on the festival can be found at nashvillefilmfestival.org.

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(Source: NashFilm Press Release)

Early Music-Based Docs at Nashville Are Making Sweet Vibrations

Posted by Larry Gleeson

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL JUMP STARTS 50th ANNIVERSARY AND ANNOUNCES SELECT MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES INCLUDING “BLUEBIRD,” “CHUCK BERRY,” “BORN INTO THE GIG,” “COOL DADDIO,” AND “THE SHERIFF OF MARS”

The Nashville Film Festival, taking place October 3-12, 2019, announces early music documentary features for 2019, including the world premiere of “Chuck Berry” by filmmaker Jon Brewer; “Born Into the Gig” by filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; “Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore” from filmmakers Imogen Putler and Monika Baran; and “The Sheriff of Mars” from filmmakers Jason Ressler and Matthew Woolf.

 

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running independent film festivals in the U.S. Under the new leadership of Executive Director, Jason Padgitt, the Nashville Film Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than 250 films with an increased focus on music-based films, films from female directors and top American independent narrative feature films.

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Nashville Film Festival’s Executive Director, Jason Padgitt (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

“The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating an incredible 50 year milestone by honoring the history of the festival while pointing the organization to a future of expanded opportunities for filmmakers worldwide and for the amazing arts community here in Tennessee,” said Nashville Film Festival’s Executive Director, Jason Padgitt. “There are so many great stories to share at this year’s festival and we’re very excited about all of the incredible films and events planned for this historic event.”

“We are thrilled to announce these music documentary titles for our 50th Festival. Each film truly complements Nashville’s wide variety of musical and artistic roots,” said Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival. “We are looking forward to presenting these powerful music documentaries as just one part of our amazing full slate of films.”

 

Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival
Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival

“We are thrilled to announce these music documentary titles for our 50th Festival. Each film truly complements Nashville’s wide variety of musical and artistic roots,” said Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival.

“We are looking forward to presenting these powerful music documentaries as just one part of our amazing full slate of films.”

 

 

Select Music Documentaries Include:

Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Title: CHUCK BERRY

Dir.: Jon Brewer

Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Charles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt

Synopsis: In this highly anticipated feature- length documentary, the absolute instigator of Rock and Roll, CHUCK BERRY is truly revealed, with exclusive access. Despite his iconic status, and reverence for his talent by rock’s heroes John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Steve Van Zandt, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper) all featured, Chuck Berry was a family man. He was a prolific craftsman of word and chords; an undisputed and stunning combination of talent and charisma. Award-winning Film maker Jon Brewer (BB King The Life of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark), lends new insight to the man known as the bedrock of Rock n Roll.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

BLUEBIRD

Title:     BLUEBIRD

Dir.:       Brian Loschiavo

Cast:      Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell

Synopsis: It’s where megastars like Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift got their break, and where emerging singer-songwriters continue to flock for a chance to perform original material. But The Bluebird Cafe, this unassuming venue nestled in a suburban Nashville strip-mall, faces an uncertain future. Featuring unforgettable performances by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell and many more, we’ll explore the past and present of this accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history.

Premiere Status: Southeast US Premiere

COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R. STEVIE MOORE

Title:     COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R. STEVIE MOORE

Dir.:       Imogen Putler, Monika Baran

Cast:      R. Stevie Moore, Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink, Theophilus London, Tim Burgess, David Shrigley

Synopsis: Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore tells a story of the greatest ‘undiscovered’ musical genius of all time. He has recorded 400 albums in 40 years… in his bedroom. Unique and eccentric. Unrecognized outside of a small group of music insiders, until now…

Premiere Status: US Premiere

 

Title:     BORN INTO THE GIG

Dir.:       Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Cast:      Chris Stills, Skip Marley, Kori Withers, Ben and Sally Taylor

Synopsis: BORN INTO THE GIG tracks the children of rock stars James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bill Withers, Stephen Stills and the Marleys as they become singer- songwriters in the shadow of their legendary parents.  The path for these young artists is tricky — filled with family tension, humor, and courage as they strive to create their own music.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

THE SHERIFF OF MARS

Title:     THE SHERIFF OF MARS

Dir.:       Jason Ressler, Matthew Woolf

Cast:      Daniel Antopolsky, Townes Van Zand, Bill Hedgepeth, Sylvia Antopolsky

Synopsis: In space, no one can hear you sing…. The story of a lost singer who did everything he could not to become successful and ended up being so anyway.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

 

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running independent film festivals in the U.S. Under the new leadership of Executive Director, Jason Padgitt, the Nashville Film Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than 250 films with an increased focus on music-based films, films from female directors and top American independent narrative feature films.

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in 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 and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in October, 2019.  For more information, visit nashfilm.org.

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(Source: NashFilm blog)

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DYNAMIC 2019 CREATORS CONFERENCE LINEUP

Posted by Larry Gleeson

DIVERSE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PANELS OFFER UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR INSIGHTS, NETWORKING AND CAREER GROWTH – OCTOBER 4-5, 2019 AT THE NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

The Nashville Film Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, is proud to be hosting the NashFilm Creators Conference October 4 – 5, 2019. The Creators Conference is an annual event where creative-minded people can connect with their peers, discover the latest industry trends, and expand their networks. The event offers attendees the opportunity to take a look at what is happening in their community as well as engage with film, television, and music industry veterans from all over the country.

The NashFilm Creators Conference combines professional development of a conference with the kinetic energy of a festival. Sessions include intimate conversations and diverse panels covering a range of topics within this ever-changing medium. With Nashville’s unique musical footprint, the conference will also take a deep dive into how music and film work hand-in-hand to tell compelling stories across multiple platforms.

Stay tuned for more!

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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.

(Source: NashFilm blog)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ANNOUNCED – NASHVILLE

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The Nashville Film Festival, celebrating its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019, has unveiled the selections for its Special Presentations category. This year’s special presentations take viewers into the World War II-era perspective of a young German boy who is forced to reconsider the nationalism in which he was raised, a searing behind-the-scenes look at the dissolution of a marriage, and a darkly comedic dive into the life of a struggling comedian and his unlikely friendship with his eccentric dermatologist.

Selections include the dark and clever Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit, fresh off of its run at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Marriage Story, a raw and honest dive into love and relationships that was a favorite in Toronto as well as the Venice Film Festival. Also featured is the powerful narrative Clemency, winner of the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, starring Alfre Woodard, a prison warden overseeing death row executions, as she struggles with the justification and morality of the job at hand.

The Special Presentations category will also include Bacurau; By the Grace of God; Foster Boy; A Hidden Life; The Kill Team; and Standing Up, Falling Down. Selections for the Narrative Features program include Alice, The Best of Dorien B., The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Burning Cane, Dirty God, Eternal Winter, Retrospekt, Saint Frances, Watch List, and This World Won’t Break.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Nashville Film Festival Competitions Closing

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Competitions Closing this Sunday!!

Don’t miss the chance to enter the 2017 Nashville Film Festival.  Nashville Film Festival was voted one of “25 film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine and highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today. Brooks Institute named it one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S. See the links for your gateway to entry!

Enter the Film Competition

Enter the Screenwriting Competition

Enter the Virtual Reality/360 Film Competition 

More on NashFilm

NashFilm presents the best in World Cinema, American Indies, documentaries, and numerous short form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. NashFilm films have won the highest honors in the film world.  Films screened in the past include 13 Assassins, (500) Days of Summer, Cyrus, Terri, Buck, Nowhere Boy, Project Nim and Academy Award nominees, I Am Love, Ajami, and Dogtooth.

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With Academy Award qualifying status and numerous well-attended shorts programs, NashFilm has screened many prize-winning narrative and animated shorts.

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NashFilm is also the place where many up-and-coming filmmakers get their first big break. Craig Brewer – Footloose, Hustle & Flow, and Black Snake Moon won his first award at NashFilm. Most recently, Clay Jeter received the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Short Film and used the finishing funds to complete Jess + Moss, which then premiered at Sundance and was accepted for competition in Berlin before returning to the NashFilm 2011.

The 48th Annual Nashville Film Festival will take place April 20 – 29, 2017 at Regal Cinema Hollywood in Nashville, TN.

See you there!

(Source: nashvillefilmfestival.org)