Turns out NaFF is the only film festival out of 6,000 in the world to offer a solid track of music-based films and docs, and to honor this genre of film with an award. That’s just perfect, as we are “Music City”.
“Music City” doesn’t just mean “Country Music USA.” Nashville has grown not only in population but also in musical tastes, so too has the festival. This year continues NaFF’s trend of bringing fantastic films with “Muscle Shoals” and “For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville.” “For the Love of Music”, from Nashville’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau chronicles the evolution of Nashville as Music City from the 1800’s to today. “Muscle Shoals” tells the story of the creation of a sound and style of music crafted through adversity and racism that is as influential today in all genres of music as it was when it first came to be.
“We are thrilled with the music line-up this year,” said Brian Owens, NaFF artistic director. “We’re featuring a film about the music scene in East Nashville, called “East Nashville Tonight,” and another called “Folk” that explores the very interesting lives of folk musicians. We also have a wildly entertaining film, called “The History of Future Folk” and a wonderful film that follows a boys choir called “Die Thomaner.” And, that’s only the beginning.
These films are highly anticipated and are already in rush status, meaning they have initially sold out but you might be able to get a ticket directly before a screening. Check with the box office for details. The excitement for these films just further defines how important music is to Nashville and to the Nashville Film festival.