49th Annual Nashville Film Festival runs May 10-19 at Hollywood 27

The 2018 Nashville Film Festival runs May 10-19 at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX – Nashville, at 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204. NashFilm hosts the 49th Annual Nashville Film Festival with 10 days of screenings and events, including VIP and red carpet events, numerous film premieres and panel discussions. The individual screening tickets to regular films and Creator’s Conference sessions are $15, with membership prices as low as $45. For more, and the most updated agenda, visit the festival website.

The world premiere of STEVEN TYLER: OUT ON A LIMB kicks off opening night Thursday, May 10th, and the Opening Night Party goes from 8:30 PM – 11 PM. May 17th and 18th, the Creator’s Conference runs all day. Saturday, May 19th brings the Best of Fest Films day, where you can watch the Audience Award Winners all day, from 10 AM – 10 PM, and enjoy the Closing Night Party from 8:30 PM – 11 PM.

The festival presents the best in World Cinema, American indies, documentaries, and numerous short form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. 48 feature films will be screened in Narrative, Documentary, New Directors and Graveyard Shift competitions, capturing the essence of today’s most relevant social issues, historical stories and more.

Seven selected Tennessee First films include the Southeast US Premiere of Triumph starring and narrated by Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. Triumph is not a “sports” film as much as it is a unique window on America’s civil rights movement that chronicles Nashville native Perry Wallace’s evolution from a reluctant “pioneer” in the final throes of the “Jim Crow” era to a determined “game-changer,” whose actions altered the way of life throughout the South. The cast includes Perry Wallace, Forest Whitaker, Rev. James Lawson, Andrew Young, Former US Attorney Eric Holder, and Dr. Harry Edwards. It was directed by Richard Gentile, produced by Richard Gentile, Nicholas Zeppos, and Bruce Johnson.

The Music Films/Music City Selections featuring artists as diverse as David Letterman, Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant, Brian “Head” Welch of KoRn, The Edge and Al Sharpton in this competition of films about music, musicians and the impact music has on our lives. An international roster of 28 Special Presentations, Animated Feature, Spectrum and Spectrum Q films includes the 50th anniversary screening of ROSEMARY’S BABY and a special screening of JURASSIC PARK.

Seven selected Documentary Special Presentations include the World Premiere of James Keach’s Turning Point. Music journeys will also be depicted in The King, starring Alec Baldwin, Tony Brown, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke and Radney Foster, It All Begins with a Song and Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Got To Be Me, starring Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Billy Crystal and Quincy Jones. The 2018 Documentary Special Presentations will also include the Tennessee Premiere of Hal, starring Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, Jon Voight, Judd Apatow and Rosanna Arquette.

This year the festival received nearly 5,000 shorts submissions of which 215 shorts were selected; winning films in the Narrative Shorts Competition, the Animated Shorts Competition and the Documentary Shorts Competition all qualify for the Academy Awards® as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. Actor/ director Colin Hanks will attend a special screening of his 2015 Tower Records docu-mentary All Things Must Pass followed by a Q&A on Thursday, May 17 at7 PM.

World Premiere Spotlight: Turning Point

Turning Point features Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson

Turning Point takes us inside the quest for the first medication that that could treat the underlying process of Alzheimer’s disease, more than a century after Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills.

Along the way, we meet the people behind these grand experiments, the scientists driven as much by personal conviction as professional innovation. And we discover why medical science is never easy, often unpredictable and potentially perilous – and, as America’s preeminent scientist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us, always worth the pursuit. James Keach produced and directed the 82-minute long feature length documentary Turning Point, which has its World Premiere with 2 Showings in Theater 6, on Saturday, May 12 at 6:15 PM and Friday, May 18 at 5:45 PM.