NASHVILLE, TN – – For its 50th Anniversary, the Nashville Film Festival takes place Oct. 3-12 and has announced the titles for its U.S. Independents Program: the darkly humorous “International Falls,” the world premiere of the Civil Rights Era story “Tuscaloosa,” and a leap 20 years into the future through a wormhole created by David Bowie’s death in “Speed of Life.” The U.S. Independents category will also feature “Babysplitters,” “Barbie’s Kenny,” “Working Man,” “Inside The Rain,” and “Hudson.”
directed by Philip Harder. The world premiere film is set in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the summer of 1972. Among Vietnam war protests and racial tension, recent college graduate Billy (Devon Bostick) works the grounds of an old world mental institution run by his psychiatrist father (Tate Donovan). Billy is torn between Nigel (Marchánt Davis), his father and his cronies, and his lover, Virginia (Natalia Dyer), who is planning her escape with or without Billy.
directed by Liz Manashil. In 2016, June (Allison Tolman) and Edward (Ray Santiago) are in the midst of an argument when Edward suddenly falls into a wormhole created by David Bowie's death. In 2040, June (Ann Dowd) continues to mourn the loss of Edward while facing the dark reality of being locked away along with the rest of society's senior citizens. Unwilling to disappear, June begins to plan her escape when Edward suddenly reappears in her life.
directed by Sam Friedlander. Jeff (Danny Pudi) and Sarah (Emily Chang) are struggling to come to an agreement about having a baby. Sarah is ready, Jeff is not. Their mutual friends Don (Edie Alfano) and Taylor (Maria Walsh) have the opposite problem — Don wants kids and Taylor doesn’t. When the two couples hatch a plan to share one baby between them, it seems like they may have found the perfect compromise — until things spiral out of control.
directed by Robert Jury. When the last factory in a small Rust Belt town closes its doors, an unlikely hero emerges, Allery Parkes (Peter Gerety). A career employee of the factory, the aging Allery can’t reconcile how to live a life idly sitting at home; and against the advice of his wife, Iola (Oscar nominee, Talia Shire), he forms an unlikely friendship with his charismatic neighbor, Walter Brewer (Billy Brown), in order to revive the defunct factory. As their community rallies around them, Allery learns he might be something he never thought possible: a leader.
directed by Zachary Ray Sherman. Kenny (Shawn Hawkins) is a struggling actor in Los Angeles whose life takes a hard left when his birth mother (Tara Best) reaches out after having not been in touch for over a decade. She needs his help. He thought this chapter was behind him. The film explores the mother-son bond, the past’s power over present and everything in between in this familial drama inspired by the works of Steve Buscemi and John Cassavetes.
directed by Aaron Fisher. Facing expulsion from college over alleged conduct violations, a bipolar student (Aaron Fisher) frequents a therapist (Rosie Perez) who discourages him from drowning his sorrows at a strip club. After refusing to take her advice, he has a night out and befriends a woman he meets there (Ellen Toland) and they hatch a madcap scheme to prove his innocence.
directed by Sean Cunningham. Hudson (David Neal Levin) is a man who is somewhat of a recluse and, after his mother's passing, he feels even more disconnected and lost. His distant cousin, Ryan (Gregory Lay), comes to visit him and the two embark on a road trip to scatter his mother's ashes in the Hudson Valley. They pick up a hitchhiker (Mary Catherine Greenawalt) and visit Hudson's dad who has moved on with life. The cousins visit nostalgic places from their past and dig up old stories from when they were kids, including one in particular that causes them to find out why the family is distant.
The Nashville Film Festival previously announced music documentary features for 2019, including the world premiere of Chuck Berry by Jon Brewer; Born Into the Gig by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore from Imogen Putler and Monika Baran; and The Sheriff of Mars from Jason Ressler and Matthew Woolf. Additional programming announcements will continue to be made throughout the year.
Advance VIP Festival badges are now on sale beginning at $295 at www.nashfilm.org. VIP Badges provide priority access to films, panels and exclusive parties. Single ticket sales for most films and panels will begin in early September and will also be available at www.nashfilm.org.
The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.
With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film.
Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in October, 2019.
For more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.