The 49th Annual Nashville Film Festival is two weeks ago and has added five more films to the lineup. The films include the documentaries All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, Charm City and Inventing Tomorrow; plus the Tennessee Premiere of Past Life and the Southeast US Premiere of Thunder Road.
Documentary Special Presentations
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records — Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that’s not the story. ALL THINGS MUST PASS is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company’s explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder, Russ Solomon. Director: Colin Hanks, Producer: Sean M. Stuart (USA)
Charm City (Southeast US Premiere) — During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, CHARM CITY delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of the police, citizens, and government officials left on the frontlines. In these divisive times, CHARM CITY offers humanity as common ground. Director: Marilyn Ness, Producers: Katy Chevigny, Julie Goldman (USA)
Inventing Tomorrow (Tennessee Premiere) — Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Director: Laura Nix, Producers: Diane Becker | Melanie Miller | Laura Nix (USA, India, Indonesia, Mexico)
Past Life (Tennessee Premiere) – PAST LIFE tracks the daring late 1970’s odyssey of two sisters – an introverted classical musician and a rambunctious scandal sheet journalist – as they unravel a shocking wartime mystery that has cast a dark shadow on their entire lives. Director: Avi Nesher, Producers: Ruth Cats, Leon Edley, Moshe Edery, David M. Milch (Israel, Poland) Presented by Nashville Jewish Film Festival.
New Directors Competition
Thunder Road (Southeast US Premiere) — Officer Arnaud loved his mom. Director: Jim Cummings, Producers: Natalie Metzger, Zack Parker, Benjamin Wiessner (USA) Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize.