Contemporary Expression

April 24, 2009, 3:24 am
Filed under: Film Festival

Hope you enjoyed the 2009 Film Fest notes. My three term on the board of directors is up and after volunteering for the film festival for over a decade, I take my bow and exit stage left.
Now more time for my visual art and TN LGBT politics …and Shakespeare.

I miss you Brian,Julie,Michael,Kellye and Mandy – thank you -you didn't hear it enough.


April 22, 2009, 10:30 pm
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Part 8 of the iPhone thumb blog posts from the Nashville Film Festival.
Saw two features today in between the smoozing.
Pouncake has had a lot of buzz and I did enjoy the film and the trip down 1980s music lane. What the synch budget was for that film I don't know but the music supervisor is a brilliant person. Not sure I I would recommend it but will probably watch it again next year through NetFlix. I don't say that like it is bad thing. Let's face it- that's how most movies are seen.
I also saw the feature The Narrows and the performances were stellar. The photography I'm the film was it's own character and I would like to see the images again. There is a lot of energy spent on the mob story but the primary women in the movie made all the Soprano like men look like little boys. Look for this one to get distribution within the next few months.

April 22, 2009, 8:04 pm
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Part 7 of the iPhone blog posts from the Nashville Film Festival.
Last night after a late start, the TN Film night continued with a second group of shorts from local film makers.
I was particularly happy to see local professional actors employed by Ryan Smith's well made Twilight Zone type short named Devil's Shoestring. I was moved by the emotional Alius Primoris (others first).
However the film most likely to succeed is Johnny Gerhart and Philip Armame's Manhattan Measure.
This film needs to be on POV as soon as possible.
The story if an artist with a vision that was documented and edited so well that I felt that it not only had the story I'm hand but also the uncanny ability to cause action as result of viewing.
Look up these fine TN films and support local artists.
Working art is good art.

April 20, 2009, 11:13 pm
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Part 6 of the iPhone thumb blog post from the Nashville Film Festival.
Enjoyed conversation today with Bill Ivey about his book Arts Inc.
The concept of a list of cultural rights is an amazing one. If you have read the book make a comment and let's talk about it.

April 20, 2009, 11:10 pm
Filed under: Film Festival

It isn't too late to see Prodigal Sons. Extra screening added for Thursday at 3:45p Make plans to find a way to see this brave story

April 20, 2009, 8:38 pm
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Part 5 of the iPhone thumb blog posts from The Nashville Film Festival.
Okay so the local jury gave Baby Formula the prize from The Brooks Fund and the Rollins fund for the Arts from the Community Foundation.
This Canadian film was well made but didn't connect with audiences. After years of developing an LGBT audience and a history of excellent screenings, this year fell flat.
I don't think it was about the selection of this film, or the already nationally acclaimed Ask Not also showing this year.
It is clear that the film festival continues to reach out to the LGBT community in Nashville with the same generous sport as other groups in town.
The difference is that we are not reaching back.
Are we just lazy? Do we not seek out opportunities to engage outside of our own fundraisers?
What does it say to film makers throughout our community if we don't support them at our own local film festival?
What are your thoughts on this?

Watercolor Postcards from The Nashville Film Festival
April 20, 2009, 12:17 am
Filed under: artwork, Film Festival
A landscape sketch inspired by the documentary Pachamama screened at The Nashville Film Festival 2009

A sketch of Joan the Hippie at The Nashville Film Festival 2009

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