Day Two at the Nashville Film Festival
The Evolution of Women Behind the Camera panel with Nicole Kidman, Famke Janssen, Beth Grant and Carrie Preston. Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege of attending a session that featured a very open and refreshingly honest dialogue about working in the film industry from the context of the panelists’ varied roles as actors, producers and directors. Beth Grant described the experience of moving from in front of the camera (as an actor) to behind the camera (as a director) and I thoroughly enjoyed that her husband was not only in attendance with her at the festival, but was actively distributing post card flyers for Beth’s short film, The Perfect Fit! Carrie and Famke also had films being shown at the Festival (That’s What She Said and Bringing Up Bobby) and Nicole offered advice and commentary on finding mentors and striking a balance with family and work obligations, among other questions from the audience. It was an SRO room and my film fest mates and I were seated in the back row, but it was an intimate session starring four extremely hard-working and talented women and a very inspiring afternoon.
Hollywood to Dollywood:
Saturday evening, I enjoyed the Tennessee Premiere of John Lavin’s film about Gary and Larry Lane, gay twin brothers and lifelong Dolly Parton fans who decide to drive an RV named Jolene from Hollywood, CA to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN to try to hand-deliver a script to their idol. Along the journey, they share experiences about growing up gay in NC, about coming out to their parents and coming west at age 25; and about what this trip, Dolly and family means to them, 10 years later.
Ahead of the screening, Dolly Parton accepted a Career Achievement Award from the Nashville Film Festival via video, instantly lighting up the whole theatre with her huge personality and smile. Following the film, director John Lavin and co-star Larry Lane, answered questions from the audience, and were excited to announce that just this week, they had worked out a music licensing deal with Dolly Parton’s office in Nashville, allowing the film to go on sale on DVD and blu-ray.
A few more Nashville Film Festival reports to follow this week!