Being the weekend, Day 3 of Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)–going on now thru April 23 at Regal Green Hills Cinema in the heart of Green Hills–gets off to an early start on Saturday, April 16 with a selection of films geared towards younger film aficionados. As usual, the day will also include dozens of film screenings as well as Red Carpet arrivals of several cast and crew from films debuting at the festival Saturday night.
Young Filmmakers Showcase
At 10 a.m., NaFF presents “Shorts: Young Filmmakers Showcase”, a collection of short films made by younger filmmakers most of whom are under the age of 18.
The showcase kicks of with the Tennessee Premiere of “Another Kind of Girl”, a ten-minute film by 17 year-old Khaldiya Jibawi, a Syrian girl living in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp. Produced as part of a media workshop, Khaldiya reflects on how the refugee camp has changed her life and given her courage she never had in Syria. The film is presented in Arabic with English subtitles.
Next it’s the North American Premiere of 25 year-old South Korean writer/director Sungbin BYUN’s “The Chicken of Wuzuh”, a touching 13-minute tale of Wuzuh (Sohyun SONG ), a young girl with Down’s syndrome with a secret crush on her teacher after receiving a hairpin from him. Her crush takes a turn when she discovers he’s also given the same hairpin to one of her classmates. Betrayed, she decided to give the teacher a chicken, to humorous results. Presented in Korean with English subtitles.
Then it’s “The Fleshist” by young filmmaker jirayuth Limratanasaran who is currently earning his Master’s degree in motion picture and television with a focus on directing at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. “The Fleshist”, the Thai native’s 17-minute short is a romantic drama about Rick (Dusan Mills), an aspiring artist who’s experiencing a creative block. An accident leads to him unexpectedly creating a fantastic portrait which leads to a gallery opening, a chance meeting with Aida, (Zoe Winter) a journalist who expresses interest in covering his exhibit. He agrees to the article and presents Aida with a gift she doesn’t expect. The film is presented in its native Thai with English subtitles.
“Little Red”, a four-minute American short by 17 year-old Wynter Rhys, is an eerily abstract take on the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” featuring young Lillian Payne as Little Red. In it, Little Red experiencing disturbing hallucinations that serve to guide her on her disturbing trek to grandmother’s house. Rachel Friedman also stars.
“Lucky Numbers” by British-born LA high-schooler Chester Milton, is the 10-minute tale of a young man who wins $50 million in the lottery. Having premiered last May at the 2015 MoonDance Film Festival in Boulder, CO, “Lucky Numbers” is making it’s Southeast US Premiere at NaFF. The film stars Jack Lancaster and John O’Leary.
“The Red Brick”, a three-minute shorts from the UK, is co-directed by John Cheung and Aim Wonghirundacha, both students at Abiingdon School’s Abingdon Film Unit in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in England. Shot in black and white and with no dialogue, “The Red Brick” examines the life of an introvert student in what the filmmakers describe as a satire of institutionalized education.
The World Premiere of “The Skin I’m In”, directed by Lynn, Massachusetts high-school student, Rajaiah Jones was created during the young filmmaker’s enrollment at Real to Reel Filmschool, a Lynn-based filmmaking program that’s part of Raw Art Works, a non-profit youth arts program. The six-minute “The Skin I’m In” examines the lives, insecurities and thoughts on what it means to be beautiful as experienced by three black women.
Rounding out the “Young Filmmakers Showcase” and also making its World Premiere at NaFF is “Wake”, a three-minute short from young filmmakers Larkin Rhinehardt and Luke Kinman, The film looks at one of life’s simple, but often-asked questions, “Why do we wake up?”.
Tickets to the “Young Filmmakers Showcase” can be purchased at the Nashville Film Festival box office located on the lower level of Regal Green Hills Cinema.
Family Friendly Options
Elsewhere at the Nashville Film Festival on Saturday, April 16 there are still more films with youth appeal as “Shorts for the Whole Family” screens beginning at 10:30 a.m. This collection of eleven family-friendly shorts contains a mix of animated and live action fare. For titles, specifics and plot summaries about the entries, Click Here. To purchase a ticket to “Shorts for the Whole Family”, visit the festival box office.
Not one for short films, but looking for something the whole family will enjoy? NaFF has you covered there as well with the 12:45 Tennessee Premiere of the animated film “Avril et le Monde Truqué” (“April and the Extraordinary World”). From French filmmakers Christian Desmares and Frack Ekinci comes a feature-length animated film that takes place in an alternate reality of France in 1941, this one ruled Napoleon V and in a civilization run on steam. The movie centers around Avil (voiced by Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard) who, accompanied by her talking cat Darwin (Philippe Katerine), sets out on an adventure to track down her parents who’ve become the latest scientists to vanish. Set against a visually stunning backdrop of what’s known as ‘steampunk’–a design aesthetic that melds science fiction and advanced technology with 19th century steam-powered machinery–this sci-fi adventure picks up ten years later as Avril carries on her family’s research hoping to discover a longevity serum, while still longing to discover what became of her family. Click Here to purchase tickets to “Avril et le Monde Truqué” (“April and the Extraordinary World”) or visit the box office.
Red Carpet Schedule for April 16
Of course there’s a full schedule of films screening as well on Day 3 of NaFF, as well as a Red Carpet overflowing with special guests. Click Here for Saturday’s film schedule or to purchase tickets.
As for the Red Carpet, Saturday’s arrivals are as follows:
At 5 p.m., representing the film “Fireworks” will be Christina Bennett Lind (Director, Producer, Cast, Screenwriter/Editor), Gene Gallerano (Producer, Cast), Jeff Barry (Producer, Cast), Michael Izquierdo (Producer, Cast), Estelle Bajou (Music). The film screens early Saturday at 1 p.m.
Also at 5 p.m., “What Would Beethoven Do” creatives, Jonathan Keijser (Director/Producer), Daniel Beresh (Producer) will walk the Red Carpet. Their films screens Saturday at 2 p.m.
Still more Red Carpet arrivals happen at 5 p.m. when “Freed In Deed” filmmakers
Mike S. Ryan (Producer), Adam Hohenberg (Associate Producer) greet festival goers just prior to the film’s 6 p.m. screening.
Then, at 5:45 p.m. “The Polar Bear Club”‘s Brett Price (Director, Co-Writer), Connor Carroll (Producer, Composer), Kirk Slawek (Executive Producer) will be on hand. Their film screens Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Also at 5:45, “Chicken People” will be represented by Nicole Lucas Haimes (Director) and stars Brian Caraker and Brian Knox. “Chicken People” screens at 3:30 p.m.
At 6 p.m., just prior to the film’s 6:45 premiere, it’s “SHU-DE!” filmmakers Michael Faulkner (Director/Producer), Nick Kovacic (Editor/Producer), Athena Stratakis (Producer) and documentary subject, Shodekeh.
Next, at 6:30 p.m., “SEED: The Untold Story” director, Taggart Siegel will walk the Red Carpet prior to the 8:30 p.m. screening of his film.
Wrapping up Saturday night’s Red Carpet at 7 p.m. will be Joel Hartz (Producer), Casey Fuller (Actor/Producer), Nate Griffin (Executive Producer) of the film “Soul”.
For tickets to screenings of any of the films who’s cast and crew will be walking Saturday’s Red Carpet, Click Here.
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