Belcourt’s Third nD Festival Fundraiser Slated for Sept. 28-30

nD FestivalThe Belcourt Theatre presents its third annual nD Festival Sept. 28-30. The fundraiser for Belcourt’s education and engagement programs includes special events and parties over three days that celebrate independent film, fashion and music, according to a news release.

With a focus on local talent and local venues, nD gathers the Belcourt’s friends and fans around the city and underscores the nonprofit theatre’s mission to provide opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. Guests will enjoy inventive and memorable parties and events—a DJ-driven, late-night dance party; a found footage viewing party (think hilarious Internet viral and obscure videos); a Nashville street style fashion show; a stylish Saturday brunch and film; and more—at the Belcourt and at other independent local venues such as Peter Nappi Studio and Third Man Records.

The nD Festival’s Preview Party is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13 at Imogene + Willie. guests will enjoy special selected merchant and artisan shopping, live music, refreshments and more, according to the release.

The nD Festival chairs are Nan Flynn and Monica Mackie. Honorary chairs are Carrie and Matt Eddmenson of Imogene + Willie. Tickets for individual events and all-inclusive Patrons Passes are available at www.belcourt.org. An nD Patrons Pass is $225 or $175 for Belcourt members and provides free admission to all nD events, including the Preview Party and Patrons Party. The pass also provides a Belcourt Cast & Crew membership (a $45 value) with year-round benefits for those who aren’t already members.

“This year’s nD Festival offers guests unforgettable and incredibly fun events that celebrate the independent spirit that is alive and well at the Belcourt and many local businesses,” says Nan Flynn, co-chair of the 2012 nD Festival with Monica Mackie. “From the imaginative parties around town to the chic and playful fashion show at the Belcourt, the nD Festival bursts with creative energy and inspiration.”

“The Belcourt is really fortunate to have so many community friends who share their time, talent and financial support with us through the nD Festival,” says Belcourt Executive Director Stephanie Silverman. “The impact this generosity makes has a direct effect on what we’re able to do throughout the year with after-school programs and organizations like the Martha O’Bryan Center and the Oasis Center. We’ve been able to expand our education programs dramatically because of the nD Festival over the past two years, and this year’s nD will only help us grow and enhance that work.”

The nD Festival culminates with the Fashion Show & Auction on  Sunday, Sept. 30. With a united effort from some ofNashville’s most talented stylists, designers and local boutiques, the Belcourt will serve up an entertaining and one-of-a-kind fashion show that showcasesNashville streetstyle. The party will feature cocktails, supper and mingling as well as an incredible silent auction featuring hundreds of items representing the best of indieNashville.

nD Festival Schedule

Preview Party

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Imogene + Willie, 2601 12th Avenue South

A lively kickoff event where guests can purchase nD Patrons Passes, shop select merchants and artisans, who are each donating a portion of the evening’s sales to the Belcourt. Merchants/artisans who’ll be setting up in Imogene + Willie’s “backyard” include Abby White/Prairie GR, Acorn + Archer, Billy Reid, Buckshot Sonny’s, Debe Dohrer, Dustie Smith, Emil Erwin, Haven, Imogene + Willie, Micah Smith and Otis James. Live music by Shelly Colvin. $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass;

Patrons Party

Friday, Sept. 28, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Peter Nappi Studio,1308 Adams Street, valet parking available

nD patrons and sponsors will enjoy cocktails, mingling and music at the beautiful Peter Nappi Studio, overlooking theCumberland. Assorted refreshments provided by MStreet; admission is for nD Patrons Pass holders and sponsors only;

The Belcourt Biscuit Boogie

Friday, Sept. 28, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre,2102 Belcourt Avenue

A late-night dance party at the Belcourt Theatre will feature dancing onstage to the music of DJs William Tyler of The Stone Fox and Ben Swank of Third Man Records; $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass;

Mimosas, Marys & a Movie

Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre,2102 Belcourt Avenue

Brunch, mimosas and Bloody Marys at the Belcourt Theatre, followed by a fashion-inspired film at Noon $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass;

Found Footage Party

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Third Man Records,623 7th Avenue South

Special selections of projected “found footage”—i.e. viral, unexpected, hilarious—with fresh popcorn, snacks and beverages $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass;

nD Fashion Show & Auction

Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre,2102 Belcourt Avenue

At 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for patrons and sponsors), guests will enjoy cocktails, supper and a chance to bid on hundreds of nD auction items representing the best of indieNashville. At 7:30 p.m., nD fashion hits the Belcourt runway, featuringNashville streetstyle and backed by musical talent from Third Man Records, live on stage; $100/$75 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass.

*nD Festival logo courtesy Belcourt Theatre.

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