One of the most fascinating, emotionally challenging, and unique experiences you can have at the Nashville Film Festival is seeing the short documentaries that screen before the feature films and in the Documentary Shorts Showcase. In this year's short documentary selections at the festival, you can learn how a woman decides to take adversity and turn it into art, see medical miracles happen, learn about bicycles redesigned specifically to fit a woman’s body, and meet a completely camera shy world renowned photographer. These brief vignettes offer the opportunity to learn about something new as well as be entertained. There’s an old adage about a great film causing you to laugh and to cry. You can expect nothing less with these short docs. Here are just three of the films in the Documentary Shorts Showcase that are truly fascinating:
A Story for the Modlins: After appearing in Rosemary’s Baby, Elmer Modlin fled with his family to a far off country and shut himself away in a dark apartment for 30 years.
Mr.Christmas: An offbeat, touching portrait of a man who has spent three decades turning his small Northern California home into a beautiful, towering Christmas display people travel across the country to see.
Londoners: A vintage film about modern day London. Shot entirely on a 100 year old wooden hand cranked 35mm camera, Londoners documents modern day London as never seen before.
The Documentary Shorts Showcase screens at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 20 and again at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24.