As the 2018 Nashville Film Festival draws to a close on Saturday, May 19, film fans will have one more chance to see a selection of movies, including films named the festival’s best before heading across town later tonight to LeQuire Gallery for the closing party.
Grand Jury Prize Winner-Documentary: Minding the Gap introduces three young men who found a common interest in skateboarding as a way to escape the volatility of family life. Director and one of the three men profiled in the film, Bing Liu returns to his childhood home to reconnect with friends Zack Mulligan and Keire Johnson. Through archival footage, new interviews and some impressive skateboard scenes, the three men, now in their mid-twenties, reunite but also face new obstacles that threaten their decade-long friendship. The film will screen at 11 a.m. in Theatre 1.
Grand Jury Prize Winner-New Director: Thunder Road, as profiled in Day 7’s coverage, screens at 11 a.m. in Theatre 1.
Grand Jury Prize Winner-Narrative: Prison Logic tells the fictional tale of Tijuana Jackson, an ex-con, who fresh from prison, has his sights set on becoming the world’s next famous motivational speaker. Presented as a mockumentary, Directed by and starring Romany Malco Jr and featuring Regina Hall, Tami Roman and Alkoya Brunson, the film screens at 3:30 p.m. in Theatre 1.
Grand Jury Prize Winner-Music Films/Music City: Satan & Adam, the unexpected musical partnership and friendship between formerly notable bluesman Sterling Magee, an aging Harlem street musician, and scholarly New York native Adam Gussow, a blues aficionado and harmonica player, is chronicles over a twenty year period in this beautifully touching and music-filled documentary directed by V. Scott Balcerek. Featuring interviews with Magee and Gussow, as well U2’s The Edge, The Reverend Al Sharpton and blues enthusiast, Harry Shearer (The Simpsons), the film screens at 6 p.m. in Theatre 1.
Also during the festival’s final day, Audience Award Winners will return to the screen. Narrative audience favorite, Across The Waters, screens at 11:30 a.m. in Theatre 2. Music Films/Music City fan favorite, If I Leave Here Tomorrow, screens at 2 p.m in Theatre 2. Documentary film-goer favorite, Weed The People, screens in Theatre 2 at 4:30 p.m. Another Music Films/Music City favorite, Stay Human, spotlighted in my Day 9 coverage, screens Theatre 2 at 5:45 p.m. New Director audience choice, Mountain Rest, screens in Theatre 2 at 7 p.m.
Elsewhere during the festival’s final day, a number of films will screen again as several popular films also enjoy encore presentations. Proving itself hugely popular with audiences, by way of three capacity screenings earlier this week, Other Versions of You, screens one final time at 2:30 p.m. in Theatre 3. Another popular film with festival goers is Bathtubs Over Broadway, screening in Theatre 5 at 4 p.m. Proving another favorite, Hillbilly will enjoy not one, but two encore screenings Saturday. The documentary examines the role media has played in perpetuating the stereotype of the American hillbilly. Shot in an around the Appalachian coalfields, Hillbilly also presents a burgeoning dialogue hoping to bridge political divide, as well as shine a light on the unexpected artists, poets, activist and musicians that defy the stereotype. Directed by Sally Rubin and Ashley York, Hillbilly encores at 7 p.m. in Theatre 6 and at 7:15 in Theatre 7.
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The 2018 Nashville Film Festival officially comes to a close with this year’s Closing Party. The SOLD OUT event is being held at LeQuire Gallery on Charlotte, the workshop of Alan LeQuire. Known as one of Nashville’s most prolific artists, LeQuire’s notable works include Musica, located just off Music Row near the roundabout, the doors of the Nashville Public Library, Blair School of Music’s David and the jaw-droopingly gorgeous 41’ 10” statue of Athena that holds court inside Nashville beloved Parthenon.
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