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March 23, 2015

Bridgestone Finalists announced by NaFF

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NASHVILLE: The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today announced the Bridgestone Narrative Competition finalists for the 46th Nashville Film Festival, April 16 – 25th at Regal Green Hills Cinema.

“These narratives represent the diversity of voices that can be heard around the world,” said Brian Owens, NaFF Artistic Director. “Not only that, but there is so much variety in form, style and genre – it’s a great group of films.”

The finalists were selected from nearly 1,400 entries. The narrative films are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, Southwest Airlines Audience Awards, as well as several other festival awards.

7 Chinese Brothers | USA (Director: Bob Byington) – A man unaccustomed to telling the truth learns to at least describe it. Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Olympia Dukakis, Jonathan Togo, Stephen Root. Southeast US Premiere.

NaFF1Cowboys | Croatia (Director: Tomislav Mrsic) – A successful theater director returns to his small home town to help rebuild its long-neglected theater by staging a new play. The problem? The town has no one with acting experience. Cast: Hrvoje Barisic, Živko Anocic, Matija Antolic, Ana Begic, Niksa Butijer, Rakan Rushaidat, Ivana Rushaidat. Tennessee Premiere.

Diamond Tongues | Canada (Director: Brian Robertson, Pavan Moondi) – Edith dreams of being a successful actress but just can’t seem to make things happen. Cast: Leah Goldstein, Nick Flanagan, Leah Wildman, Adam Gurfinkel. Southeast US Premiere.

Eadweard | Canada (Director: Kyle Rideout) – A complex portrait of Eadweard Muybridge, the father of motion pictures, whose searing jealousy of his young wife eclipsed his genius, leading to one of the most infamous legal cases in history. Cast: Michael Eklund, Sara Canning, Christopher Heyerdahl, Charlie Carrick, Torrance Coombs, Jonathon Young. Southeast US Premiere.

Eadweard  by Director Kyle Rideout

Eadweard by Director Kyle Rideout

Funny Bunny | USA (Director: Alison Bagnall) – A hapless anti-childhood obesity crusader and a maternally neglected trust-funder bond as they vie for the heart of a troubled animal activist. Cast: Kentucker Audley, Joslyn Jensen, Olly Alexander, Louis Cancelmi, Josephine Decker, Anna Margaret Hollyman. Tennessee Premiere.

God Bless the Child | USA (Director: Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck) – Harper, the eldest and the only girl, looks after her brothers as she always does, as their day descends into fantasy and chaos. Cast: Harper Graham, Elias Graham, Arri Graham, Ezra Graham, Jonah Graham, Bruce Graham. Tennessee Premiere.

H. | USA / Argentina (Director: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia) – Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y. Cast: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, Roger Robinson. Tennessee Premiere.

Lake Los Angeles | USA (Director: Mike Ott) – Francisco, a middle-aged Cuban exile working at a holding house for illegal immigrants crosses paths with Cecilia, a 10 year old Mexican girl who has crossed the border without her family. Cast: Roberto Sanchez, Johanna Trujilo, Eloy Mendez. Tennessee Premiere.

Los Hongos | Colombia (Director: Oscar Ruiz Navia) – Like a couple of mushrooms, Ras and Calvin will sprout and wander aimlessly through the city on a journey of no return, infecting the world around them with immense freedom and hope. Cast: Jovan Alexis Marquinez, Calvin Buenaventura, Atala Estrada, Gustavo Ruiz Montoya. Tennessee Premiere.

Margarita with a Straw | India (Director: Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar) – A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy leaves her home in India to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Revathy, Sayani Gupta, Hussain Dalal, Tenzing Dalha. Tennessee Premiere.

Monument to Michael Jackson | Serbia / Macedonia / Croatia (Director: Darko Lungulov) – A local barber in a small Serbian village comes up with an idea to erect a monument to Michael Jackson to attract tourists from around the world. Some locals like the idea, others do not. Cast: Mirjana Karanovic, Ljubomir Bandovic, Dragan Bjelogrlic, Natasa Tapuskovic. Southeast US Premiere.

Runoff | USA (Director: Kimberly Levin) – How far will one to go to take care of one’s own? Recalling all that is heartland Americana, this film combines an ecological urgency with a compelling yet sensitive story. Cast: Joanne Kelly, Alex Shaffer, Neal Huff, Joseph Melendez, Rashel Bestard, Tom Bower, Drew Cash. Tennessee Premiere.

Safelight | USA (Director: Tony Aloupis) – A teenage boy and girl discover a renewed sense of possibility as they go on a road trip to photograph lighthouses along the California coast. Cast: Evan Peters, Juno Temple, Christine Lahti, Kevin Alejandro, Ariel Winter, Jason Beghe. World Premiere.

Sam | USA (Director: Nicholas Brooks) – An alpha New York City male is magically transformed into a beautiful girl, falls in love with his best buddy, and learns what it means to be a woman.Cast: Morgan Fairchild, Stacy Keach, Tom Pelphrey, Bryan Batt, Natalie Knepp. World Premiere.

Sand Dollars | Dominican Republic / Argentina / Mexico (Director: Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán) – An older European woman becomes enchanted with a young Dominican woman who must struggle to make ends meet. Cast: Geraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica, Ricardo Ariel Toribio. Tennessee Premiere.

Yosemite | USA (Director: Gabrielle Demeestere) – It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. Cast: James Franco, Calum John, Everett Meckler. Tennessee Premiere.

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), April 16 – 25, 2015, presented by Nissan North America, brings the world to Nashville in a 10-day celebration of film. NaFF celebrates the diversity of the human vision by curating diverse program segments. Founded in 1969 by Mary Jane Coleman, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the U.S. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, NaFF garners notice from the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MovieMaker Magazine, IndieWire, Variety, Billboard, New York and Script Magazine.

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