The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today turned its spotlight on the Tennessee First films that will be screened at the 44th annual Festival scheduled for April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. These films were all made by, about, and for the people of Tennessee. From quiet memories, to nights shattered by violence, these varied stories will take you on a wild ride from the Mississippi to the Appalachians.
“We are so excited about giving as many filmmakers as possible a shot at making the festival,” says Artistic Director Brian Owens. “We are deeply committed to supporting our Tennessee filmmakers.”
“Every year we have more local filmmakers submit to NaFF and we see that the overall quality is going up,” says Executive Director Ted Crockett. “We plan to expand our showcase for Tennessee Films next year by expanding our Tennessee First opening night to a full day of screenings.”
The Nashville Film Festival, like other major film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca, is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased to any of 200 events, including films, panel discussions and parties. NaFF brings in filmmakers, celebrities, and industry insiders to mingle with people who enjoy film on the big screen.
The Tennessee First feature films include:
Indelible: The Case Against Jeffrey Womack (Director: Demetria Kalodimos) — The murder of Marcia Trimble has been called Nashville’s crime of the century. One man would be blamed, charged, and ultimately disproven as a killer, yet the stain of suspicion remained indelible.
Music City USA (Director: Chris McDaniel) – A behind the scenes look at the artists, entertainers, and musicians that put the music in Music City. The people and places that make Nashville tick. A resilient city filled with creativity and heart.
Nashville 2012 (Director: Jace Freeman) – From underground wrestlers and street musicians to environmental activists and empowered immigrants, this accumulation of gritty narratives combine for an intimate portrait of a city.
Sleepy LaBeef Rides Again (Director: Dave Pomeroy) Explore the fascinating world of “The Human Jukebox” Sleepy LaBeef. No artist alive has a better grasp of American roots music.
TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro (Director: Heather Winters) – The journey of songwriter Desmond Child and his lifelong partner Curtis Shaw, and how they met Angela Whittaker, the woman who would carry their twin sons, Roman and Nyro, into the world.
Worm (Director: Doug Mallette) – When the miracle product Fantasites, a parasite that returns our ability to dream, hits the market, the world quickly gets swept up in the phenomenon and Charles is no exception.
The Tennessee First short films include:
Another Corner (Director: Josh Harrell)
The Children Next Door (Director: Doug Block)
The Melungeons (Directors: Ian Cheney and Thomas Schienagel)
Pigeon Kicker (Director: Daniel Long)
Tonight We Are Born As Stars (Director: Brandon Langley)
America 101 (Director: Richard Speight Jr.)
Brother’s Keeper (Director: Robert L. Poole)
Cleaner Than Most (Director: Jennifer Bonior)
George. (Director: Josh Link)
Mancipo (Director: Samuel Ryan Willey)
Pretty Monsters (Director: Ryan Parker)
Still Here (Directors: Tyler Evans and David Lavender)
Whether You Like It or Not (Director: Wes Edwards)
Wild Sands (Directors: Warren Lewis, Allen William, and Scott Stewart)
*Photo from Indelible: The Case Against Jeffrey Womack courtesy Nashville Film Festival.