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April 18, 2013 12:33 PM
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Nashville Film Festival Kicks off Today, 'Mud,' 'Stories We Tell' Among Those Included in Lineup

"Stories We Tell."

The Nashville Film Festival starts up its 44th year this week, making it one of the oldest film festivals in the country. From today until April 25th, the festival will screen over 200 films in and out of competition, with the slate including recent festival highlights such as Ben Wheatley's "Sightseers," James Ponsoldt's beloved Sundance hit "The Spectacular Now," Jeff Nichol's "Mud," and Sarah Polley's moving doc "Stories We Tell." Notable films in competition include Joe Swanberg's "All the Light in the Sky" and Hannah Fidell's "A Teacher."

In addition this year the festival will be hosting a special "Celebration of Kurdish Films" in juncture with the Academy on Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at which fifteen Kurdish films will screen.

You can check out the full lineup for this week's festival below.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION FILMS 

MUD directed by Jeff Nichols 

UNFINISHED SONG directed by Paul Andrew Williams

DEAD MAN’S BURDEN directed by Jared Moshe 

KON-TIKI directed by Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

HE KINGS OF SUMMER directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

SIGHTSEERS directed by Ben Wheatley

THE SPECTACULAR NOW directed by James Ponsoldt 

STORIES WE TELL directed by Sarah Polley 

BRIDGESTONE NARRATIVE COMPETITION 

3 by Pablo Stoll 

ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY directed by Joe Swanberg 

BREAKFAST WITH CURTIS directed by Laura Colella 

THE COLD LANDS directed by Tom Gilroy 

THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK directed by John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker 

I USED TO BE DARKER directed by Matthew Porterfield 

IF YOU DIE, I WILL KILL YOU directed by Hiner Saleem 

IL FUTURO directed by Alicia Scherson 

THE LAND OF EB directed by Andrew Williamson 

THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON directed by Drew Denny 

PIT STOP directed by Yen Tan 

SOME GIRL(S) directed by Daisy von Sherler Meyer 

THE SUNSHINE BOYS directed by Tae-gon Kim 

A TEACHER directed by Hannah Fidell 

TEY directed by Alain Gomis 

THIS IS MARTIN BONNER directed by Chad Hartigan 

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION 

AFTER TILLER directed by Martha Stone and Lana Wilson 

FALL AND WINTER directed by Matt Anderson 

FAR OUT ISN’T FAR ENOUGH: THE TOMI UNGERER STORY directed by Brad Bernstein 

GMO OMG directed by Jeremy Seifert 

THE GUERILLA SON directed by David Herdies and Zanyar Adami 

I AM DIVINE directed by Jeffery Schwarz 

ICEBURG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP directed by Jorge Hinojosa 

LUNARCY! directed by Simon Ennis 

MAGIC CAMP directed by Judd Ehrlich 

MCCULLIN directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris 

PERSISTENCE OF VISION directed by Kevin Schreck 

PLIMPTON! STARRING GEORGE PLIMPTON AS HIMSELF directed by Tom Bean and Luke Poling 

REMOTE AREA MEDICAL directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman 

A RIVER CHANGES COURSE directed by Kalyanee Mam 

THESE BIRDS WALK directed by Omar Mullick 

WORDS OF WITNESS directed by Mai Iskander 

MUSIC FILMS/ MUSIC CITY 

BEWARE OF THE DOGS directed by Kennedy 

DIE THOMANER—A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE ST. THOMAS BOYS CHOIR LEIPZIG directed by Günter Atteln and Paul Smaczny 

FOLK directed by Sara Terry 

GOOD OL’ FREDA directed by Ryan White 

JIM LAUDERDALE: THE KING OF BROKEN HEARTS directed by Jeremy Dylan 

A LOVELY DAY directed by Kerri Gawryn 

MUSCLE SHOALS directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier 

MUSIC WOOD directed by Maxine Trump 

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC! directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling 

VIVA CUBA LIBRE RAP IS WAR directed by Jesse Acevedo 

VERY EXTREMELY DANGEROUS directed by Paul Duane 

WE ALWAYS LIE TO STRANGERS directed by AJ Schnack and David Wilson 

THE NEW DIRECTOR FILMS 

APE directed by Joel Petroykus 

BOY EATING THE BIRD'S FOOD directed by Ektoras Lygizos 

DETROIT UNLEADED directed by Rola Nashef 

THE DISCOVERERS directed by Justin Schwarz 

FLICKER directed by Patrik Ecklund 

THE GO DOC PROJECT directed by Cory James Krueckeberg 

IT FELT LIKE LOVE directed by Eliza Hittman 

NAIROBI HALF LIFE directed by Tosh Gitonga 

ONE SMALL HITCH directed by John Burgess 

OUT OF THE DARK directed by Michael Mayer 

PICTURE DAY directed by Kate Melville 

THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE directed by Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca 

TRATTORIA directed by Solleen Yusef

4 Comments

  • daphne | April 19, 2013 9:20 PMReply

    Got a chuckle during 'Magic Camp' when one of the counselors walked on wearing a Golden Girls t-shirt...

  • jacobsladder69 | April 19, 2013 9:07 PMReply

    'Iceberg Slim' wasn't a bad doc either.

  • jacobsladder69 | April 19, 2013 9:06 PMReply

    @jdarcy19, good choice. I saw 'Magic Camp' at the Cleveland film festival last weekend. It was incredibly touching. Many of the campers are poignantly honest about sharing their struggles and how magic helps overcome them. Also I was pleasantly surprised at the precociousness of many of the campers - that really made the film quite entertaining and often very funny.

  • jdarcy19 | April 18, 2013 2:10 PMReply

    Yay for film festival time in Nashville! I can't wait to see 'Magic Camp'!