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You are Invited by the Sister Cities of Nashville and the Nashville Film Festival

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Sister Cities of Nashville

and the

Nashville Film Festival

present

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!

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Grace: NaFF World Premiere Pre-Screening Info and Q&A

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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.

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45th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF): Special Presentations Line-up

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Special Presentation, Opening Day and World Vanguard Films

World Premieres: The Identical, Field of Lost Shoes

Southeast Premieres: Lucky Them, Happy Christmas

US and North American Premieres: Long Way Home, The Enemy Within

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Special Presentations line-up for the 45th annual Festival, April 17 – 26th at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.

“The special presentations are Nashville’s first chance to see what will be some of the biggest hits of the year,” said Brian Owens, NaFF’s Artistic Director. “They are all incredibly entertaining in a variety of ways, from downright hysterical to powerfully moving.” The Special Presentation films are invited to the festival by Owens, as a result of his travels to Sundance and Toronto and daily contact with film-industry insiders. This is his 6th year programming NaFF, after joining the festival in Summer, 2008.

The Nashville Film Festival has become one of the premier showcases for the best new work of American and international filmmakers. The festival screens films that represent the creative risk filmmakers take to tell powerful and important stories in innovative ways.

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‘The Intouchables’ and ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ Grab Audience Awards as Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan Wraps

43rd Edition of Longest-Running Festival in the South Edges Past Attendance Record; Gets lift from Tennessee-centric Opening Day, visits from Nicole Kidman, Famke Janssen, Lizzy Caplan and more.

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The 43rd Edition of the Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan wrapped last night with a closing night party at the W.O. Smith School and the announcement that the “The Intouchables” and “Beauty is Embarrassing” grabbed the two major Southwest Airlines “Freedom to Choose” Audience Awards. Director’s Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s “The Intouchables,” the funny, moving and based-on-a-true story film about the friendship between a paralyzed aristocrat and an immigrant from the Paris projects, was tops in the Narrative Feature category. Director Neil Berkeley’s “Beauty is Embarrassing,” the charming, irreverent and inspiring story of one of America’s most important artists and puppeteers, Wayne White, snagged the best Documentary distinction. The ensemble-directed “V/H/S” and director Potsy Ponciroli’s “Super Zeroes” were co-winners of the Graveyard Shift Audience Award.

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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S RICK REKEDAL JOINS ADVISORY BOARD OF TENNESSEE BASED SEABOURNE PICTURES

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Seabourne Pictures’ First Feature Film AFTER Opens – 2012 Nashville Film Festival

Seabourne Pictures, a Franklin, TN based film company, today announced that Rick Rekedal has joined the company’s board of advisors. Rekedal is an entertainment industry veteran in his 15th year with DreamWorks Animation. In his current role, Rekedal works closely with filmmakers and marketing executives to maximize the commercial potential of DreamWorks Animation’s biggest properties. Prior to his current role, Rick held posts as head of online production, head of licensing and head of interactive, helping establish film franchises such as “Shrek”, “Madagascar”, “Kung Fu Panda” and “How To Train Your Dragon”.

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Ted Crockett named Executive Director of Nashville Film Festival

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Ted Crockett has been named executive director of Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), it was announced today by the Festival’s Board of Directors, led by president Tyler Middleton. He was previously managing director, before acting as interim executive director for the past six months.

Crockett moved to Nashville from Idaho in 1998 after graduating with Broadcast Journalism degree from Brigham Young University. He worked for five years at Nashville business management firm Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy handling the finances of many entertainers, including Wynonna & Naomi Judd, Gary Allan, Shawn Colvin, Garbage and others. He joined the Nashville Film Festival in 2004 as box office manager, and continued on as a contract employee with NaFF during the 2005 and 2006 festivals before becoming a full-time employee in the spring of 2007. He supports Tennesseans for the Arts, Nashville Public Television, Nashville Pride, Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Arts Coalition, and other local groups. Ted is also an active participant in the Nashville arts community spending his extra time working with sculpture, oil painting and music.

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DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU FORGOT ABOUT … RICK SPRINGFIELD?

The Yellow RICK Road travels to the 2012 Nashville Film Festival — APRIL 21st & 23rd — Tickets on Sale NOW!

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“AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART” – A NEW FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE POWERFUL CONNECTION BETWEEN A POP IDOL & HIS DIEHARD FANS

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AAOTH: Nashville Film Festival Debut

“An Affair of the Heart” Makes its Nashville Film Festival Debut Saturday, April 21st at 6pm.

We’re excited to be apart of the film festival journey, to capture audience reaction and share in the buzz. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, April 11th at 9am and a sell out is expected. Visit: http://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org/ to get your tickets!

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Nicole Kidman, Delia Ephron, Music Supervisors, Off-Site Screenings and Concerts Highlight Panels and Events for 2012 Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan

Kidman joins Famke Janssen, Beth Grant and Carrie Preston for the evolution of women behind the camera; NowPlayingNashville.com offers free tickets; Butch Walker plays 12th and Porter; free screenings celebrate Earth Day and Record Store Day.

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A panel discussion featuring producer and Academy-award winning actor Nicole Kidman, a one-on-one discussion with novelist and screenwriter Delia Ephron (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, “You’ve Got Mail”); free ticket opportunities through NowPlayingNashville.com; and the opportunity to learn from some of the finest music supervisors in the film and television business, including “Glee” supervisor PJ Bloom, are just a few of the additional offerings at this year’s Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) presented by Nissan, taking place April 19-26, 2012 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas and various venues around Nashville.

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