Spring is here! The Sounds Stadium is at this moment setting off fireworks behind our house, children all over the city are finding it’s increasingly difficult to sit still during English class, and my allergies are terrible.This strange Southern spring appears to be a mixed bag. But, the Nashville Film Festival is saving the day. Films show at Green Hills Regal Cinema (map) through next Saturday 4/26. Nashville Scene writers are doing a great job acting as guides over at Country Life, and they’re needed. The choices are overwhelming.
The unsung hero of the festival is all of the great free stuff to see, eat, and do over the next several days. Check out this fancy official brochure for panels, workshops, live music, and outdoor movies! Movies are also free at Walk of Fame Park, located one block south of Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenue nights at 8:00. (map). I’m especially looking forward to Take Me to the River Monday night, with live music starting at 6:30. Take Me to the River won the South by Southwest Audience award this year. Martin Shore’s documentary will surely overwhelm music lovers, for it brings together generations of Memphis and Mississippi Delta soul musicians, like Otis Clay, as well as contemporary hip hop sages, like Snoop Dogg.
Tuesday, April 22 at 11:30 a.m., I suggest seeing Let the Fire Burn. It played at the Belcourt a few months back. This film terrifically documents the conflict between the black liberation group MOVE and the city of Philadelphia, which culminated in a fatal attack on MOVE’s communal home. This includes archived news reports and the taping of the U.S. Federal Court’s inquiry, as well as a heartbreaking interview with one of the children who escaped the burning home. Let the Fire Burn is a must-see!