On Thursday, May 17, Colin Hanks will be in Nashville to walk the Red Carpet at Nashville Film Festival at 6 p.m. and will stick around to present a special screening of his 2015 documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records. Following the 7 p.m. screening, Hanks will take part in an audience Q&A.
Having the film screen in Nashville, even two years after its debut screenings at festivals across the country seems only fitting, as Hanks will also be in Nashville to help induct Tower founder Russ Solomon into the Music Business Hall of Fame earlier in the day Thursday. The Nashville Film Festival screening also marks the first time the film has been screened in a theatre since Solomon’s death at age 92 on March 4 of this year.
Before Nashville was officially labeled the It City, longtime residents already knew it was cool. One thing that made Nashville cool was Tower Records, Video and Books, a brick and mortar retail store located at 2400 West End Avenue, across the street from Vanderbilt University. In a gorgeous building that was once a Packard dealership and then a popular Nashville ladies clothing store, Tower Nashville closed its doors in 2006. Once Tower vacated the building, it was surprisingly leveled. Today the location houses a Homewood Suites hotel.
Heck, I worked at Tower Books here in Nashville for several years during and after college, so you know I had to pick the documentary All Things Must Pass as my highlight for Day 8 of Nashville Film Festival.
From first-time documentary director, Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, and current co-star of the CBS sitcom, Life In Pieces, the film examines the career highs and lows of Solomon from his beginnings working at the family-owned drugstore in Sacramento (which became the first Tower Records), to helming of one of the most recognizable music, video and book stores the world has ever known. Of course the film also maps the eventual bankruptcy and demise of the chain in the wake of the dawning of the age of digital music and online shopping.
Featuring interviews with music icons Chuck D, David Grohl, David Geffen, Chris Cornell and Elton John, as well as Solomon, his son Michael and fellow Tower executives, Heidi Cotler, Mike Farrace & Stan Goman, Hanks’ doc reveals more than an international phenomenon plagued by the spoils of success and the uncertainty of new technology, he truly captures the Tower family aspect of working for Russ. It also serves as a reminder how true the store’s motto, No Music, No Life remains to those closest to the heart of the one-of-a-kind business, even today. Directed by Hanks, produced by Sean M. Stuart with screenplay by Steven Leckart and cinematography by Neil Lisk, Nicola Marsh and Bridger Neilson, All Things Must Pass will screen at Nashville Film Festival in Theatre 2 of Hollywood 27 (719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Click Here to purchase tickets.
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