The Nashville Film Festival has kicked off, and I will be covering the entire festival. I will be watching as many of the shorts, documentaries, and feature films as I can and reviewing them daily.
Welcome To Day One of the Festival.
I started in the Graveyard Shift Features which have shorts that preceded each film.
Pieces of Me (Short)
A struggling young starlet uncovers a deadly secret which may be the key to the fame and fortune she so desperately craves
Pieces of Me is one sick and twisted short film, and I was here for it. A crazy concept which is executed to perfection by the star of the short Caroline Kaplan who was just killed in this (pun intended.)
The short was original, unique, and a fantastic way for me to kick off the festival.
Sanzaru (Feature Film)
When a home health aid and her nephew move in to care for an elderly woman and her unstable son, two broken families find themselves dangerously isolated under one roof.
A writer and director’s job is not just to tell us the story but to also make us connect with the story, and actors and that is where Sanzaru excels. Xia Magnus presents us with these broken families in this artistic yet troubling manner that makes you feel empathy from those first moments throughout the film.
Composer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs takes this film to another level with her score. The tone of it was somewhat horror-like, which fits the story of the broken families that are going through these troubling times.
Sanzaru is poetic, beautiful, and heartbreaking all at once.
Narrative Feature Film
The Outside Story
The Outside Story was one of my most anticipated movies of the festival. Brian Tyree Henry is one of my favorite under-the-radar comedy actors in Hollywood.
So then, after all this hype, this just underwhelmed entirely. The writing had some pieces that I felt like could have had a good movie, but other than that, it was uneventful, and I found myself bored.
Henry was the best part of this movie, and he did what he could with what he had to work with but outside of that, just another mediocre film.
I also watched a list of shorts that can be found here.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.