NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL
2014 FREEDOM TO CHOOSE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AUDIENCE AWARDS
The Identical, Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me Take Home Top Prizes
Nashville, TN — Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2014 announced the Freedom to Choose Southwest Airlines Audience Awards tonight at the Closing Night Party of the Nashville Film Festival.
Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, The Identical, Noble, and A Film About Kids & Music took home the audience voted awards. Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me also received this year’s Gibson Music City/Music Films Grand Jury Prize .
Why? Is a question I tend to ask often. Throughout the movie, it became a bigger part of my vocabulary.
What began with an idea, of what I thought the film was about, to the unfolding on the screen, were totally different. The reality… shook me to my core, stirred my soul, and touched my heart.
There were moments of joy, pure beauty, and, “tissues please!”, as tears poured from my eyes.
NaFF Opening Night screening of Chasing Ghosts on April 17th.
Chasing Ghosts stars Tim Meadows, Toby Nichols, Frances Conroy, Robyn Lively, W. Earl Brown, and Meyrick Murphy.
***2014 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE***
Sunday, April 20th at 9pm
Regal Cinema Green Hills Theater 15
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
Written & Directed by Leah Meyerhoff
Starring Natalia Dyer (Nashville native) & Peter Vack
Watch Official Teaser: HERE
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2014 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL – NARRATIVE COMPETITION
GRAND JURY WINNER – ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL – NARRATIVE COMPETITION
OFFICIAL SELECTION – SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL – NARRATIVE COMPETITION
OFFICIAL SELECTION – IFFBOSTON – NARRATIVE COMPETITION
Film unveils life, career and struggle with Alzheimer’s disease of America’s great country music legend
GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will have its world premiere at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival on April 18th. This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
Photo credit: Glynis Carpenter
Country Music headliner Martina McBride’s catalog overflows with powerfully communicative performances. The playful “I Love You,” the heartbroken ballad “Wrong Again,” and the empowering anthems “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Wrong Baby Wrong” unfold along clear lines of melody, which the five-time CMA Award winner animated with her own distinctive phrasing and interpretive sense.
A Filmtastic Affair!
Saturday, April 19, 2014 – Walk of Fame Park Downtown
Suggested Parking at the Music City Center
Please join us to celebrate Nashville’s international city partnerships and NaFF’s 45th Anniversary as an international film festival. This will become your favorite Spring party!
Gracie knows hangovers. She’s intimately acquainted with them. But this one? Why did she wake up, half-dressed, on a Florida beach, 1100 miles from home? And this time her father – who also knows about the tragedy of addiction from his struggles with Gracie’s mom – isn’t going to clean things up. Suspicious and distrustful of everyone, including a café owner with a troubled history of her own, Gracie prefers the relief of alcohol – which had always worked for her. When she’s arrested for public drunkenness and attacking a police officer, Gracie is given a choice: six months in jail or 90 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in 90 days, and she has to do it in the small town she’s landed in. She’s not used to strangers caring about her, but perhaps the power of community can help her sidestep the landmines lining her path to sobriety – especially the ones she’s laid herself. Rooted in powerful performances by Annika Marks (“The Sessions”) and Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”), “GRACE.” compassionately looks at the disease of addiction through a young woman inching towards redemption.
Dallas Smith got into Country Music by Default. Default, of course, was the superstar band whose neo-grunge anthems shot them to the top of Canada’s indie-rock pile in the early ’00s. Their No. 2 smash in the U.S., “Wasting My Time,” exemplified their sound, particularly in Smith’s vocals: hurt, angry and ecstatic, all at the same time.
So here is Smith again, this time singing about moonshine, the Fourth of July, tan lines, Mountain Dew, Daisy Dukes and even “panties in your purse.” His angst has yielded to a more ebullient and exuberant approach. Somehow a little down-home drawl has softened his delivery, and even his song titles have started dropping their “g’s.”
Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe
And guess what? With the release of his EP Tippin’ Point, produced by Joey Moi, we may be meeting the real Dallas Smith for the first time. Raised in rural British Columbia, he grew up to the tune of his mother’s Country albums, with plenty of Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson on the playlist. To these influences, he added Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and other Country connoisseurs of strong melodies and expressive vocals. From Default, he learned to project with deep emotion; from Country, he stirred in some humor and accessibility. And on the title track and first single, written by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, with Jaren Johnston, he ties it together with a lip-tripping hook, like he was born to sing this way. By Bob Doerschuk
For more on Dallas Smith, visit www.CMACloseUp.com.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
All New Album XSCAPE
On May 13th Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release XSCAPE, an album of new music by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. XSCAPE is executive produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid. After mining by the Estate of Jackson’s archives, Reid was granted unlimited access to the treasures spanning four decades of material on which Jackson had completed his vocals. Reid then teamed up top producers to “contemporize” the songs while retaining Jackson’s essence and integrity, creating the best music you’ve never heard. The list of producers include global hitmakers Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain.