by Stephen Lackey, contributor
NaFF has always put a heavy focus on local films and filmmakers. Every year there are two short film blocks featuring Tennessee films and this year there are a number of Nashville-based features as well. Doug Mallett directed a short film a couple of years ago entitled Worm (which screened at the 2012 NaaFF). After the film’s completion, the filmmakers felt there was more story to tell, so they spent a year and a half of nights and weekends developing the film into a feature that’s part comedy, part drama, and part science fiction. Doug was ecstatic to have his World Premiere of Worm at NaFF this year.
We caught up with Doug in the NaFF Hospitality tent to talk about his screening. “This is where we wanted to premiere (the film). We feel pretty lucky just to be accepted but if there’s a place we were going to show the movie for the first time, we wanted it to be here. You know we made it in Nashville, so it’s all a Nashville crew, all Nashville actors, and the Nashville community has been really good to us. To be able to premiere it at the Nashville Film Festival means a lot more than if we had shown it anywhere else.”
NaFF has always tried to cultivate a community atmosphere for filmmakers by offering opportunities for them to meet and mingle and that seems to be what Doug and the rest of his team are most excited to do this year. “I love meeting the other filmmakers, the film festival has always been a good way for us to meet people, make friends. Umm, and that’s the plan.”