IBFFN ANNOUNCES 2013 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
Top Independent Films Make Their Tennessee Debut
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October 11, 2013
Nashville, TN - Filmmakers from all over the country will arrive in Music City to showcase their cinematic talents as more than 20 films have been selected to screen during the 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN). The 6th annual IBFFN takes place Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3, 2013.
The film competition takes place annually as official selections are chosen by a panel of experienced judges who had the difficult task of completing a multi-round judging process. Criteria taken into consideration are technical and cinematic quality, story-line and acting to name a few. Awards will be given in the following categories: Best Documentary, Best Feature, Best Short, Best of Festival, Best International Film, Honorable Mention and the Founder’s Award.
The “official selections” highlights include an exceptional group of Tennessee-based films: Short film The Exchange, directed by Tennessee native Robert Poole, starring Michael Beach, tells the story of Brian Tilghman who is desperate to solve the seemingly irreconcilable problems in his marriage and seeks the help of a mysterious fixer who handles situations like his for a hefty fee. “Mabon “Teenie’ Hodges - A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original”, is a documentary that details the life of “Teenie Hodges”, an accomplished writer and musician who penned some of legendary artist Al Green’s greatest hits. And lastly, The Prisonaires, identified as one of the earliest known cases where the prisoner truly was set free by the power of music. This documentary tells the story of five amazing men in the Tennessee State Prison located in Nashville, TN, who captured the hearts of officials with their music. The festival also welcomes renown TV and film director Jono Oliver who will screen his feature length film “Home”, this film tells the story of a man recovering from mental illness who tries to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged son. Oliver served as the assistant director for popular films such as The Great Debaters, Brown Sugar, Notorious, Soul Food and many more. “Home” has recently secured a limited theatrical release by Entertainment One.
“Independent films by African-Americans have increased in visibility and have made a visible imprint in theaters and major film festivals across the country with such films as Fruitvale Station, Blue Caprice, 12 Years a Slave, and Winnie Mandela. IBFFN contributes to this momentum by encouraging aspiring filmmakers to submit their work to our festival and other film competitions around the world,” says Hazel Joyner-Smith, IBFFN Founder. “We understand how important it is for our filmmakers to have a venue to show their work and that is our mission .”
For a complete listing official selections, trailers, director info, synopses and cast please visit the IBFFN website at www.ibffnashville.com.
2013 Official Selections
Curdled, Directed byYolanda Geralds
Elegy for a Revolutionary, Directed Paul Van Zyl
The Exchange, Directed by Robert Poole
Haze, Directed by Curtis Adair Jr.
The Painter, Directed by Nate Townsend
The Rebel Prince, Directed by Fabian Davis
Solstice, Directed by Reggie Gaskins
Sweet, Sweet Country, Directed by
Thinner Blood, Directed by Jon Reino
Ying and Yang, Directed by Kevin Darnell Walker
Mabon “Teenie” Hodges - A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original,
Directed by Susanna Vapnek
Melvin & Jean: An American Story, Directed by Maia Wechsler
Mr. Stokes’ Mission, Directed by Fabrice Emerimana
Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing, Directed by Julie Cohen
The Prisonaires, Directed by Cass Paley
Take Us Home, Directed by Michael Wood
True Delta, Directed by Lee Quinby and Daniel Cohen
Why Do You Have Black Dolls? Directed by Samantha Knowles
24 To Score, Directed by David Schewe
Cass, Directed by Hugh Schulze
Four of Hearts, Directed by Eric Johnson
Home, Directed by Jono Oliver
Misunderstood: The Cookie Gilchrist Story, Directed by Carlton Chester Gilchrist
Plans for the festival are being updated daily. Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Films as well as other festival events will be announced soon. To obtain official IBFFN press credentials, view regular updates to the 2013 festival schedule and to purchase pre-festival passes please visit our website at www.ibffnashville.com.