Saturday, April 13, 2024

The 53rd Nashville Film Festival is on!

The 53rd Nashville Film Festival kicks off this week with a dynamic and diverse assortment of quality programming.

The NFF (September 29 – October 5) marks its anticipated in-person return once more with a slate of screenings across three venues, panels, workshops, and parties offering something for everyone at Music City’s longest-running film festival! 

Final film additions to the festival’s program as well as a full roster of special guests scheduled to attend throughout the event, September 29 through October 5 have been announced.

Joining special presentations including Opening Night Selection The Return of Tanya Tucker, Aftersun and Nanny is The Lost King, Stephen Frears’ latest film starring Sally Hawkins and recounting the real-life discovery of King Richard III’s remains, thought to be lost for over 500 years; and Call Jane, Phyllis Nagy’s film that captures the essence of late-Sixties social change via one woman’s quest to get a safe and legal abortion. The Lost King screens Sunday, October 2 at The Franklin Theatre; Call Jane screens Wednesday, October 5 at Belcourt Theatre.

View the full program line-up now.

Themes relevant to LGBTQ audiences include Friday I’m In Love which details the Numbers Nightclub’s long history as a gay disco and alternative music venue.

We are especially excited for the Opening Night Presentation, The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile! Trailblazing, hell-raising country music legend Tanya Tucker defied the standards of how a woman in country music was supposed to behave. Decades after Tanya slipped from the spotlight, rising Americana music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tanya’s extraordinary life, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and keeping an eye on the future, The Return of Tanya Tucker is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration.

Also of interest are empowered women represented in Speaking Out, Stepping Up – a slate that will feature three documentaries on subjects such as the right to abortion access, persistent workplace discrimination, and the radical activism and feminist theory of Andrea Dworkin.

Also on offer for industry professionals is the Creators Conference: five days of panels, discussions, and seminars on topics relevant to creative workers in the modern world, from music licensing to virtual reality and more.

Diane Warren

And don’t miss the career retrospective of Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren. A candid conversation with the 13-time Oscar®-nominated songwriter who has written over 100 songs for films. Clips will be presented for many of the songs, accompanied by stories of how she became involved with each film and addressed certain situations she encountered with executives and artists along the way. Moderated by SCL President Ashley Irwin.

Take a peek at last year’s proceedings here:

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