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March 31, 2015

NaFF: Feature films directed by women

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NASHVILLE: The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), presented by Nissan, will feature 32 films directed or co-directed by women playing at the Nashville Film Festival, April 16 – 25 at Regal Green Hills Cinema.

Films directed or co-directed by women make up 75 percent of documentary films in competition and 45 percent of feature films in competition. Women directed or co-directed 29 percent of feature films screened at this year’s festival, which is a significant increase from previous years.

“I think it speaks to the fact that women are really making strides in the film industry,” said Brian Owens, NaFF artistic director. “We didn’t do anything special in terms of announcing the festival to women. They’re just making quality films.”

The full schedule of feature films, as well as the festival’s short films, panels and events, is available on the Nashville Film Festival website.

Feature Films Directed by Women

Thursday, April 16
* (T)ERROR | Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliff. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Friday, April 17
* Unexpected | Kris Swanberg. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Saturday, April 18
* Buskin’ Blues | Erin Derham. USA. | World Premiere.
* From Fat to Finish Line | Angela Lee. USA | World Premiere.
* How Sweet the Sound – The Blind Boys of Alabama | Leslie McCleave. USA. | World Premiere.
* How to Dance in Ohio | Alexandra Shiva. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* The Keepers | Joann Self Selvidge, Sara Kaye Larson. | World Premiere.
* Meru | E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin. India, USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Top Spin | Sara Newens, Mina T. Son. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Sunday, April 19
* Funny Bunny | Alison Bagnall. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Imba Means Sing | Danielle Bernstein. USA, Canada and Uganda. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Molly Takes a Trip | Annika Kurnick. USA. | World Premiere.
* Rosenwald | Aviva Kempner. USA. | Special Presentation by the Jewish Film Festival. Tennessee Premiere.
* Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl | Robin Greenspun. USA. | Southeast Premiere.
* The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young | Annika Iltis, Timothy Kane. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Monday, April 20
* Margarita, with a Straw | Shonali Bose, Nilesh Maniyar. India. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Runoff | Kimberly Levin. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* The Midnight Swim | Sarah Adina Smith. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* We Were Rebels | Katharina von Schroeder, Florian Schewe. USA, South Sudan, Germany. | North American Premiere.

Tuesday, April 21
* Frame by Frame | Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach. USA, Afghanistan. | Tennessee Premiere.
* In My Father’s House | Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg. USA. | Southeast Premiere.
* Sand Dollars | Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán. Dominican Republic, Argentina, Mexico. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Stray Dog | Debra Granik. India, USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* The Road Within | Gren Wells. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* The Royal Road | Jenni Olson. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Wednesday, April 22
* Ben’s At Home | Mars Horodyski. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.
* H. | Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia. USA, Argentina. | Tennessee Premiere.
* My Voice, My Life | Ruby Yang. Hong Kong. | Tennessee Premiere.
* Orion: The Man Who Would Be King | Jeanie Finlay. United Kingdom. | Southeast Premiere.
* Yosemite | Gabrielle Demeestere. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Friday, April 24
* Welcome to Me | Shira Piven. USA. | Tennessee Premiere.

Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), 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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