The Nashville Film Festival is set to take place April 17-26 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Green Hills Stadium 16 and Downtown Nashville.
With roots dating back to 1969 by founder Mary Jane Coleman, the festival was originally called the Sinking Creek Film Celebration but took its current name in 2003.
Starting this week, many Middle Tennessee movie fans will have the opportunity to take in several events while filmmakers compete for prizes and cash that totals more than $37,000.
One of those in the mix are The Moving Picture Boys, a two-man filmmaking team consisting of Jace Freeman and Sean Clark.
“We’re new to the scene in Nashville, but we’ve been busy creating dozens of short documentaries at Nashville Docujournal which can be viewed at docujournal.com and we’ve also made two feature length films now. One based on the Docujournal series called ‘Nashville 2012’ and the other will be in the Nashville Film Festival this year entitled ‘The Ballad of Shovels and Rope’,” Freeman said during a recent interview.
“We see the Nashville Film Festival as an opportunity to be part of the film community in Nashville. Being independent filmmakers, we’re often isolated in our work, so it’s great that the festival brings all of us together,” Freeman added about the importance of the festival to filmmakers such as themselves.
This year, The Moving Picture Boys will be promoting “The Ballad of Shovels and Rope,” a documentary about the recording process of the Americana band’s record O Be Joyful that dates its beginning back to 2010.
“The making of the movie happened as a pitch to the band to make a documentary about the the making of their record which they planned to make in their house. It ended up organically evolving into a project with a bigger scope that we originally intended. It ended up being a more universal story about two people pursuing their version of the American dream through whatever means they had. We definitely saw ourselves in their story, being a two-man production team that makes films with whatever resources we can find,” Freeman said about the evolution of the film.
The film clocks in at 72 minutes, capturing the Charleston S.C .husband and wife team of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst as they began playing for tips all the way to winning “Emerging Artist of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at last year’s Americana Music Awards.
Freeman says “It was interesting to pull back the curtain on a young band that is just starting out to see all the hard work that happens behind the scenes. Being a musician or in a band is not as glamorous as it seems sometimes, and being talented is not enough to be successful. We saw that it takes a lot of ingenuity, hard work and time to pursue a creative endeavor.”
“The Ballad of Shovels and Rope” will screen on April 19 at 3:15 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.
This will mark the second consecutive year The Moving Picture Boys will be in attendance at the Nashville Film Festival. At last year’s festival, they received the Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for their feature, “Nashville 2012,” that actually gave them $10,000 which they used toward post-production costs to complete “The Ballad of Shovels and Rope.”
The Moving Picture Boys will be on of many filmmaking groups showcasing their work during this week as numerous filmmakers are grouped in categories that run the gamut from world cinema, documentary, special presentations, Music Films Music City and many more.
In addition to the films, the festival offers an outdoor nightly film and live music among other attractions.