All-Time Records Fall as 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival Ends

The movies ended and the lights came up Saturday night on a Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) where ticket sales were up 30 percent and attendence was up more than 40 percent from last year, according to organizers. NaFF celebrated its 45th anniversary by expanding to 10 days and two locations. For the first time ever, the festival […]

‘The Identical’, ‘Glen Campbell…’, ‘Noble’ & ‘Film About Kids…’ are 2014 NaFF Audience Favorites

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2014 announced the Freedom to Choose Southwest Airlines Audience Awards tonight at the Closing Night Party of its 45th annual festival. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, The Identical, Noble, and A Film About Kids & Music took home the audience voted awards. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me also received this year’s Gibson Music City/Music Films Grand Jury Prize. […]

NaFF Announces Festival’s First Annual Screenwriting Honors

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the winners of its First Annual Screenwriter Awards today at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. In the first year of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriters Competition, the organization garnered over 1,500 entries. NaFF Screenwriting Manager Michael Wood says, “In our first year hosting this competition, we read so many […]

‘Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me’, ‘Club Sandwich’, ‘Before I Disappear’, ‘BESA: The Promise’ Among 2014 NaFF Competitive Winners

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2014 announced its 45th Annual Competition Award Winners Thursday, including Grand Jury Award Winners Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, Club Sandwich, Before I Disappear, and BESA: The Promise, among other notable films.  The Ballad of Shovels and Rope received this year’s Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature on Wednesday. Gibson Music City/Music Films Award  Grand Jury Prize: […]

Film Review: Ambitious Genius and a Touch of (Delightful) Madness in ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

“What if (director) had made (film)?” is a favorite game for movie lovers. What if Stanley Kubrick had made Napoleon? What if David Lean had made Nostromo? What if Terry Gilliam had made Don Quixote (wait, he still may)? One of the more intriguing what-ifs concerns Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who came to be known […]

‘Shovels & Rope’ and ‘Lower Broads’ Among TN NaFF Winners

  The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) announced the winners of the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Awards and the Tennessee Horizon Audience Awards tonight at NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame Park in Downtown Nashville. The Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Awards were presented by Bob Jackson, owner of Ground Zero.  The Tennessee Horizon Awards were presented in […]

Film Review: Captivating and Suspenseful ‘Closer to God’ Cuts to the Marrow

“‘When younger…I believed myself destined for some great enterprise. My feelings are profound, but I possessed a coolness of judgment that fitted me for illustrious achievements. This sentiment of the worth of my nature supported me when others would have been oppressed, for I deemed it criminal to throw away in useless grief those talents […]

‘The Identical’ Kicks Off 10-Day 2014 Nashville Film Festival Today

The world premiere of a film shot here in 2012 opens the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today. The expanded festival runs through April 26. The Identical, an appealing family drama about musically-gifted separated twins with a cast that features Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano and newcomer Blake Rayne in the leading […]

‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’ and ‘The Lunchbox’ Come to Nashville

Two exclusive-run films open in Nashville Friday, one at Belcourt Theatre and the other at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX. The first is a candid look at a Broadway legend while the second is about two people seeking to free themselves from lonely lives. Both are gems that shouldn’t be missed while they’re here. Elaine […]

Pictorial: ‘Secret Handshake’ Films at Lipscomb University

The Secret Handshake is filming in and around Nashville. Lipscomb University is one of the movie’s locations, and ArtsNash as well as other press representatives (like Super Talk 99.7 WTN’s Phil Valentine, who is in the film) were invited to meet cast and crew and catch a glimpse of them working on the new feature. Kevin […]

Film Review: Process & Product, Art & Science in ‘Tim’s Vermeer’

How did seventeenth-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer paint with such accuracy that his works look more like exquisite photographs on canvas? And if he developed a device that enabled him to capture light and color with clarity not discernible by the naked eye, does that lessen his standing as a great artist and possibly make […]

Film Review: (Sort of) Feeling the (Mild) ‘Need for Speed’

I have never played the Need for Speed video game. I’m more of a Gran Turismo guy, but to be honest, racing’s just not my thing. Sure, I appreciate automotive aesthetics, possibly more than many others. And the technology is pretty cool, even if it’s only the advancement of the century-old idea that explosive force can […]

Belcourt Begins ‘Science on Screen’ Series with Kubrick Classic

The Belcourt Theatre kicks off its month-long series Science on Screen: Connecting Cinematic Art With Hard Science Wednesday with a screening of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and a post-film discussion with Frederick I. Ordway III. Ordway worked with director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke as a scientific advisor on the classic film. Tracie Prater, engineer […]

NaFF’s Brian Owens Talks Oscars – Who Will Win Tonight?

With the thousands of films he’s seen over the years, frequent trips to the Sundance Film Festival and elsewhere and many movie industry contacts there’s no better local to ask about the possible outcome of tonight’s 86th Annual Academy Awards® than Nashville Film Festival Artistic Director Brian Owens. His picks, with some possible upsets, are […]

Hollywood’s Biggest Night on Belcourt’s Screens for 13th Year

The nonprofit Belcourt Theatre holds its annual fundraiser, A Red Carpet Evening, this Sunday, March 2. This popular event offers an entertaining and glamorous setting for Nashville movie fans to experience Hollywood’s biggest awards show on the Belcourt’s big screens with a red carpet entrance, a silent auction, a VIP backstage lounge and more. This year’s […]

Oscars: Belcourt Theatre Hosts Nominated Shorts Screenings

Today the Belcourt Theatre opens its annual look at animation, live action and documentary shorts nominated for Academy Awards™ in the run-up to March 2’s Oscars™ ceremony. (And remember that the best place in Nashville to watch that ceremony is at the Belcourt’s A Red Carpet Evening – click here to get tickets now if […]

Belcourt Theatre Valentine: Love and Romance on the Big Screen

The Belcourt Theatre’s Valentine’s Day weekend programming (Feb. 13–Feb. 16) features something for every movie lover, as well as special events that pair films with food and drink. The classic Oscar-winning CASABLANCA has 10 showtimes at the Belcourt, kicking off Feb. 13, 6 p.m. with “A Night at Rick’s” featuring Morocco-inspired fare and cocktails, followed […]

London’s Royal Ballet, coming to a cinema near you

The Royal Ballet 2014 Cinema Season begins this month at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Dr. With a new production of special one-night performances brought to the big screen monthly through March, this series of popular storybook and classic ballets will begin with the romantic “Giselle” on Monday, Jan. 27; followed […]

Time is running out …

The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Sundance Film Festival USA Selects Belcourt For ‘Low Down’

Filmmaker to Attend Event; Sell-Out Expected For Exclusive Screening For the fifth year Belcourt Theatre has been selected by the Sundance Film Festival to screen a specially selected film on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. This year, the Belcourt will screen Low Down directed by Jeff Preiss. This will be the film’s first screening outside of […]