Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Winding Stream: Movie Review

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Most have heard the story of Johnny Cash, but how many know the Carter Family story, how it began and how the Cashes and Carters intertwined?

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The Winding Stream tells the story of the Carter family… The struggles, their start and journey in country music, leading to a life-long legacy with the marriage of Johnny and June.

Eager for the screening of this film, and having watched it, I believe Johnny Cash fans who want the whole story should see it. Note… It’s NOT a film all about Johnny Cash. If that’s what you’re hoping too see, you’ll be slightly disappointed.

I must admit, this film educated me quite a bit on the foundation of country music, and the impact the Carter family had in regards to its growth. They were instrumental in building what is now known, as real country music.

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Unsigned Only Music Competition Launches “SCREEN SHOT”

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Music Supervisors and Publishers Look To Unsigned Only Artists for Songs for Film, TV, Ads, and Video Games

May 12, 2014, Nashville, TN – – Unsigned Only Music Competition announced today the launch of a special promotion, “Screen Shot,” geared toward the placement of music in film, TV, advertising, and video games. “Screen Shot,” sponsored by Radio Airplay, offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by some of the top music execs who are looking to place music in various projects. Artists can submit their original songs from May 12-23, 2014 on the Unsigned Only website at http://www.unsignedonly.com.

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Field of Lost Shoes: Movie Review

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Faced with war and what they’re fighting for, the cadets of VMI (Virginia Military Institute) showed tremendous courage at the Battle of New Market, 15 May 1864. Based on a true story, Field of Lost Shoes is beautifully shot, packed with a talented cast and crew, and will have you weeping for the young lives lost that day.

From beginning to end, you’ll feel as though you have taken a journey back in time. Walking along side the seven boys this movie is about… taking part in their boyhood antics, struggle with reality, and courage on the battlefield.

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International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2013 Winners

Jazz Trumpeter Shunzo Ohno Wins Overall Grand Prize For His Song “Musashi”

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May 7, 2014… The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

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ISC’s overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song “Musashi,” entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

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Take Me To The River: Movie Review

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Filled with laughable, tearful moments, this film not only embraces the music, but the people behind it. These words: we don’t have a generation gap, we have a communication gap… hit me with impact and have stayed with me. There’s so much truth in that statement.

Take Me to the River brings too life the process, the love, and where it began. With a heart too mend all that’s wrong, they’ve taken a huge step in the right direction towards bridging the gap. Bringing in young talent to work with, and be mentored by, some of musics greats, adds something special to the film.

To love music as much as I do, you gain a new appreciation and respect for those involved with this project, and want to see it succeed in a big way. It’s one thing to stand on the sidelines and talk about what was, and what has gone wrong, but these folks stepped up and took action.

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Self Offense: Movie Review

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This short film tackles a serious issue in a straight-to-the-point manner. Shedding light on domestic violence and abuse, the film is a gateway to conversation. Too many have suffered, and still do, by an attacker and/or abuser.

Self Offense shows four different stories and the path they take to free themselves, using self-offense (the act of attacking) vs self-defense (the act of defending). Scenes teaching the women instruction are powerful, teachable moments, that are shown at the films end.

Bravo! To the cast and crew for making this film, despite budget constraints.

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Nashville Film Festival Celebrates a Record Breaking 45th Year

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NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

CELEBRATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY AND A RECORD BREAKING YEAR!

Tickets Sales up 30%, 255 films from 53 Countries, Over 1500 Screenplay Entries

Nashville, TN — Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) celebrated its 45th Anniversary this week with an incredible week of film in two locations. For the first time ever, the festival presented more than 250 films from over 50 countries, further cementing its record-breaking year.

“This has truly been a spectacular year for the Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan. It was our first year with 10 days of film at Regal Cinemas Green Hills and 9 days of events at our outdoor NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame Park in Downtown Nashville”, shared Ted Crockett, Executive Director of the Nashville Film Festival.

With over 42,000 in attendance between both locations, the festival has exceeded last year’s total festival attendance by over 40%. The free NaFF Cinema at Walk of Fame in Downtown Nashville presented films for 9 days throughout the festival on its brand new 30′ outdoor screen. “We are already planning new and exciting ways to feature films to the public in outdoor settings in the months and years to come,” said Crockett.

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How to Thwart Music Equipment Theft

From rock stars to up-and-comers towing U-Haul trailers, too many artists and musi­cians have been victims of equipment theft. Whether it’s Tom Petty and the Heart­breakers losing five vintage guitars during a soundcheck to a sticky-fingered security guard, or Country newcomer JJ Lawhorn being ripped off for $4,000 worth of gear from his band’s van while checking into a hotel in Valdosta, Ga., no one is immune.

But everyone can more effectively deal with and prevent equipment loss.

Step One involves purchasing replacement value insurance or, at the very least, adding replacement value riders to homeowners insurance as a safeguard against theft. “All my gear is insured for replacement value,” said veteran guitarist, guitar builder and former Lonestar tech Ricky Dodson. “I have detailed descriptions of my gear and any upgrades that were made to them, as well as model and serial numbers, obviously. I take pictures and mark them, sometimes overtly and sometimes subtly, where the would-be thief might not think to look for it. Also, I don’t advertise on my car that I play, with bumper stickers of brands or anything like that. And I always leave my gear in the trunk if I can’t carry it with me.”

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The Identical, Wins Southwest Airlines Audience Choice Award For Best U.S. Narrative Feature

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MUSIC-DRIVEN FAMILY DRAMA THE IDENTICAL, WINS SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

FOR BEST U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE AT 45th ANNUAL NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM STARRING RAY LIOTTA, SETH GREEN, ASHLEY JUDD AND NEWCOMER BLAKE RAYNE,
SLATED TO OPEN NATIONWIDE IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 1, 2014) – The music-driven family drama The Identical, made its national star-studded red carpet debut at the 45th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) this past week.

Opening to a sold-out audience and attended by many of the project’s stellar cast, the film won over the hearts of both the festival judges and moviegoers alike by being awarded the prestigious Southwest Airlines Audience Choice Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature.

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