Nashville Film Festival: Narrative Shorts Program 1 Review

Nashville Film Festival: Narrative Shorts Program 1 Review

The Nashville Film Festival has arrived, and over the next week, I will be covering the festival and all of the films that I watch. From Short films to Documentaries to Featured Films and more, the festival is filled, with movies that range from all sorts of genres.

Narrative Shorts Program 1: This is a list of short films that the Festival bundles together for you to watch.


A woman’s discovery of a 30-year-old recording leads to an awkward family dinner and an unexpected revelation about her mother.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What a remarkable short film. The writing is carefully crafted with some fantastic comedic moments, with a hint of seriousness. The short comes and go’s highs and lows come, but it’s impactful with a fantastic performance from Maryann Plunkett and Maddie Fischer.

Kenney and Katz, job well done, my friends, because that was a blast.

Hell and Such

Lucy is a submissive and sexist woman. She suffers delirium that she doesn’t hesitate to share with her neighbors. Fer, her husband, is a surly and burlesque man.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This was a tad bit all over the place with little to no meaning behind it.

Stray Dogs Come Out at Night

Karachi, Pakistan. Iqbal, a migrant sex worker, cannot come to terms with his illness. He convinces his uncle to take a day trip to the beach, desperate for respite.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was beautifully poetic, and the sense of family was felt from the beginning, which leads to this sweet moment between our leads, but it comes at a cost.

The story reminds us that things aren’t always as prosperous in these other countries and how we often take for granted what we have here. Bangash also ended this short with a brutal but yet heartbreaking finish.

The Other Side of Night

The film chronicles a night of violence and the 36 hours that follow in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A heartbreaking look into the life of a mother who witnesses her son being murdered and the trickle-down effect of finding out all of what he was into afterward.

Ann Mahoney gives a heartbreaking performance in this beautifully written and haunting short.


An existential comedy about the mother of two young children who begins to spontaneously vomit toy blocks.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blocks is HILARIOUS. It was different, unique, and any parents that would watch this would laugh a lot. Moloney’s writing is fine-tuned and quite hilarious. She took what traumatizes all parents and made it into a funny little short.

I laughed out loud several times throughout, especially during the “sex scene,” and Eric said to Ashleigh, “Wanna roll the dice (about cumming inside her), and she said, “no, we were just talking about Global warming. We’re not having another baby.”

Clarie Coffee is PERFECT in the role of Ashleigh. She’s relatable, she is charming, and she is an absolute delight from start to finish in this quirky but yet perfect role.

Blocks is relatable, charming, and downright hilarious!

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.

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