Nashville Film Festival celebrates 50th anniversary

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating 50 years, featuring the world premiere of Chuck Berry by filmmaker Jon Brewer.

The Nashville Film Festival, taking place October 3-12, has announced early music documentary features for 2019, including the world premiere of Chuck Berry by filmmaker Jon Brewer; Born Into the Gig by filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore from filmmakers Imogen Putler and Monika Baran; and The Sheriff of Mars from filmmakers Jason Ressler and Matthew Woolf.

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running independent film festivals in the U.S.

Under the new leadership of Executive Director Jason Padgitt, the Nashville Film Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than 250 films with an increased focus on music-based films, films from female directors and top American independent narrative feature films.

“The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating an incredible 50 year milestone by honoring the history of the festival while pointing the organization to a future of expanded opportunities for filmmakers worldwide and for the amazing arts community here in Tennessee,” said Nashville Film Festival’s Executive Director Padgitt. “There are so many great stories to share at this year’s festival and we’re very excited about all the great films and events planned for this historic event.”

“We are thrilled to announce these music documentary titles for our 50th Festival. Each film truly complements Nashville’s wide variety of musical and artistic roots,” said Lauren Ponto, programming manager for the Nashville Film Festival. “We are looking forward to presenting these powerful music documentaries as just one part of our amazing full slate of films.”

Official selections across all categories of the 2019 Nashville Film Festival will be announced throughout the year.