Nashville Film Festival 2011 Preview

This Thursday, April 14 marks the beginning of the 42nd annual Nashville Film Festival. The NAFF will take place for the most part at the Regal Green Hills and will be screening dozens of films multiple times throughout the week starting this Thursday, the 14th and ending next Thursday, the 21rst.  You can check out the full list of films and panels at the 2011 Nashville Film Festival HERE.  I will be doing my best to see as many films as I possible over the next week.  As of right now, here is a list of the screenings and panels that I hope to attend:
Batman & Other Tales: An Evening with Michael Uslan
– this is a panel with executive producer of the Batman franchise (including The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Uslan.  He will be interviewed by Jim Ridley, editor of the Nashville Scene.
Submarine
            – Directed by Richard Ayoade and stars Sally Hawkins
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
            – 2010 critically acclaimed Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Bloodworth
– directed by Shane Dax and based on the novel, Provinces of Light by William Gay.  The film stars Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer & Hillary Duff.
A Conversation with Vince Gill
            – this is a panel that is free to the public lead by recording artist Vince Gil.
Better Than Something
– documentary covering the now deceased punk rock phenom, Jay Reatard, and his touring before his death.  This is free to the public and will be screened at Grimey’s on Saturday at 4:00 pm.
Buck
– documentary directed by Cindy Meehl and based on Buck Brannaman who was the inspiration for the film, The Horse Whisperer.  This film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sundance.
13 Assassins
– Japanese director, Takashi Miike, has made over 80 films and his most recent,13 Assassins, is playing at NAFF.
Road To Nowhere
– Monte Hellman directs this romance/thriller that received a Golden Lion nomination at the Venice Film Festival.
Ain’t In It For My Health
– This is one of my most anticipated films that NAFF this year.  It’s a documentary about The Band’s lead singer and drummer, Levon Helm directed by Jacob Hatley.
My Joy
– Ukrainian directed by Serhiy Loznytsya about a Russian truck driver and a few days of his journey.
Take Me Home
            – The world premiere of Sam Jaeger’s (Parenthood) directorial debut.
The Last Circus
– Another film I am excited to see.  The Last Circus is directed by Alex de la Iglesia and is a violent/war/comedy film with clowns. 
Terri
            – directed by Azazel Jacobs and stars John C. Reilly.
I hope to catch a few more films and conduct some interviews with the filmmakers during the down-time between screenings.  You can bet that I will be blogging my reviews of the films and documenting any other crazy experiences and/or adventures that crop up throughout the duration of the festival.  The Nashville Film Festival is always a lot of fun to attend.  You never know what little gems you will discover.
I will also be live tweeting all week from the festival.

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