Nashville Film Festival underway in Green Hills

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF ) is back for another ten great days and nights of films this year, running through Saturday, April 23 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. This year, as in years past, there are plenty of new films on display, with features, documentaries, narratives, shorts, and animated films from around the world. There are also panels and workshops for up and coming filmmakers by working professionals, as well as opportunities to meet and greet some of the actors, directors, writers, and crafters of the films.

Attended by filmmakers and industry insiders, and open to the public, NaFF screens more than 200 films from over 40 countries. NaFF celebrates the diversity of the human voice and vision by curating program segments to include Latino, Black, LGBT, Jewish and Chinese films. There are ‘kid-friendly’ films to be screened, deemed appropriate for all ages, and feature both national and international selections. The whole family can experience the joy of film this year at NaFF because there’s “something for everyone.”

Among major U.S. film festivals, NaFF is the only one to recognize the ‘Music Films/Music City’ category of film with a unique award. NaFF uses this category to recognize documentary films about music and musicians. The films cover a full range of musical genres from rock and roll and hip-hop, to boys’ choirs and classic country. ‘Tennessee First’ films were all made by, about, and for the people of Tennessee, from quiet memories, to nights shattered by violence.

Special Presentations, Spectrum, Community Cinema and Added Films in the 2016 Nashville Film Festival lineup include Sundance favorites, Love & Friendship, Weiner, Sing Street, Morris from America and a special three night screening of American Epic: The Series. This portion of the lineup features performances from Natalie Portman, Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jesse Eisenberg and Craig Robinson among others…

The ‘Documentary Film’ documentaries cover a wide range of relevant topics. As an Academy Award Qualifying Event, winners in the Narrative, Animated and Documentary Shorts Competitions will qualify for consideration for the 2017 Academy Awards, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Last year’s winner for Best Animated Short, Bear Story, went on to win the Academy Award. This year’s winners will be announced at an award ceremony on Sunday, April 17th.

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 as the Sinking Creek Film Festival, it is one of the oldest film festivals in the U.S.

Always one of Nashville premiere spring social events, come to the festival, eat, drink and have a great time.

Individual tickets for films and events are now on sale online. For tickets, schedules, and/or more information on the Nashville Film Festival, go to their official website at

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Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS

by Cass Teague
If there is one film you must see at this year’s festival, it is this amazingly insightful product of a local doctor.
No Matter Where makes its World Premiere at Green Hills Cinema- Theater 14 on Monday, April 18 at 6:15 PM. The 56 minute long documentary was directed by Kevin Johnson and Barry Simmons; produced by Kevin Johnson.

About the film:
Each year, 200,000 people die from medical errors in American hospitals. There are a number of reasons for these mistakes, but everyone agrees the number would be much lower if doctors shared records. In this Internet age, we assume doctors anywhere can pull up our charts, but the truth is most have no way to do this. Technology is not the problem–the problem stems from a lack of will to invest in it. This documentary pieces together the story of why it’s been so hard for our health care system to do something that other industries, like banking and retail, have been doing securely for years. And it uncovers the tragic, hidden cost on the lives of millions of Americans.
About the director/producer: Kevin B. Johnson, MD, MS is an international expert in pediatrics and biomedical informatics, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt, and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Although new to the filmmaking scene, Kevin is hardly new to the arts. Once compared to Paul Robeson as a teenager, he expressed himself through playing classical bass, singing in barbershop quartets, and performing in musicals on stage or in the orchestra pit. He also developed a love for science, leading to a degree in biology with a minor in computer science, medical School and Pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters degree in medical information sciences at Stanford. Throughout this time, and while practicing medicine since 1987, he has continued to sing both for amateur and professional groups. He also has become an avid photographer as a hobby. His passion for creative expression as a form of communication made completing this film about one of the major issues in health care a true labor of love, to which he has been deeply committed for over 5 years.

What Dr. Johnson says:“Friends who have seen it have said they talked about its message all the way home. Reviews say this film will “shock and anger” the audience. I hope it leaves the audience wanting to do their part to make our healthcare system better. That’s what I’m excited about: seeing my hometown audience react to the World Premiere, the familiar scenery, and the end product of 6 years of work done by me and my film team.”