Just last night, rock legend turned country music artist, Steven Tyler wowed the crowd on the Red Carpet at opening night of the 49th annual Nashville Film Festival as rock fans and film aficionados alike joined Tyler at Regal Hollywood 27 for the World Premiere screening the concert film/doc, Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb. As only Music City can, opening night of the festival culminated with a packed house at 3rd and Lindsley for a rockin’ Opening Night Party featuring live musical performances including headliners, SHEL, a Nashville-based quartet of sisters well-versed in everything from mandolin to beat-boxing…but that’s just the beginning for the festival.
Day 2 of Nashville Film Festival got underway on Friday, May 11 with a noontime screening of Window on the World, a collection of six short films from around the globe.
Day 2’s schedule also includes a variety of alternate viewing options, including a 1 p.m. screening of Dominik Locher’s Goliath, a Swiss German language drama centering on a young married couple who face relationship tensions ranging from the woman’s unexpected pregnancy to her mate’s doubts of being masculine enough to protect his love and their unborn child.
Another midday highlight comes with An Act of Defiance at 2:45 p.m. on Friday with the Tennessee Premiere of director Jean van de Velde’s riveting dramatic retelling of Nelson Mandela’s 1963 arrest alongside other political activist during South Africa’s troublesome racially segregated Apartheid era. Peter Paul Muller stars as a lawyer determined to help the men, while Sello Motloung portrays Mandella.
Friday’s Red Carpet gets underway at 5:15 p.m. Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Artimus Pyle and director Stephen Kijak will walk the Red Carpet in support of their doc If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film about Lynyrd Skynyrd which screens at 6 p.m.
Motke Dapp, director/writer of Other Version of You will be joined on the Red Carpet by film stars Kristopher Wente, Sara Antonio, Brittany Belland, Annie Kearney and former Tennessee Titan-turned-actor, Eddie George. Involving the unrequited love between a man and a woman he’s longed for since he was nine, according to the Nashville Film Festival guide, this film considered itself a drama/comedy/romance/science fiction/fantasy, as the lead character is offered a chance to find another version (several in fact) of the love of his life by way of a key that literally and figuratively unlocked alternate realities. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday the 11th and will screen again on Friday, May 18.
KoЯn lead guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch and his daughter Jennea Welch will also be on hand to walk the Red Carpet Friday evening alongside directors Trey Hill and Scott Mayo and others from the documentary Loud Crazy Love. Described as more than a rock doc, this one reveals the very personal demons that prompted Welch to take a leave of absence from the band in an effort to step up and be a proper father to daughter Jennea. The film screens at 8:30 p.m.
Perhaps best known for her role as Charlene on the sassy southern workplace comedy, Designing Women, and more recently featured in everything from fan favorites Fargo, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Legion and other TV and film work, Jean Smart will join her latest co-star, Alex Russell on the Red Carpet in celebration of the World Premiere of their film, Brampton’s Own. Screening at 8:30 p.m., Russell stars as a less-than-successful minor leaguer who returns to his quaint hometown after retiring from the game, only to find himself avoiding reasons he set out on his own in the first place. Directed and written by Michael Donegar, the film also stars Rose McIver, Scott Porter, Spencer Grammer and John Getz.
Rounding out the Red Carpet on Day 2 will be TV personality, singer, author and all-around fabulously famous Kathie Lee Gifford. She’ll be chatting with festival attendees in live Q&A session titled My Journey: A Conversation with Kathie Lee Gifford, as part of Nashville Film Festival’s Creator’s Conference. She will also be sharing a little insider info on Love Me to Death, the upcoming feature film she wrote and will star in alongside Craig Ferguson. Gifford will be joined on the Red Carpet by Ryan Smith, who’ll act as moderator for her Q&A. The Q&A itself will take place at 6:30 p.m. Several other sessions of Creator’s Conference, focusing on the business of filmmaking will be offered throughout the festival. Click Here to view the full Creative Conference schedule or to purchase tickets.
As always, there’s several more films screening at the festival on Friday, May 11. Click Here to view Day 2’s full schedule.
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That’s it for my Day 2 Nashville Film Festival preview, but be sure and check back tomorrow morning for details about Day 3. In the meantime, you can always follow my personal Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as I’ll be checking in from time to time direct from the festival thru May 19!