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Grassy Knoll Movie Nights: Dycee Wildman and friends bring fun to East Nashville

In the large empty lot beside Bongo Java East, a gathering takes place once or twice a month during the summer.  Enjoy delicious food, cold beer, and most importantly, classic movies at Grassy Knoll Movie Nights.
In the large empty lot beside Bongo Java East, a gathering takes place once or twice a month during the summer. Enjoy delicious food, cold beer, and most importantly, classic movies at Grassy Knoll Movie Nights.
Amanda Johnson

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13th, so make sure you treat your mom right. To really play the good child, pack your blankets and lawn chairs and head down to Grassy Knoll Movie Nights of East Nashville beside Bongo Java East. This Sunday, starting around sundown, Dycee Wildman will be screening Breakfast at Tiffany's, the classic Audrey Hepburn film. Watch Hepburn play Holly Golightly as you make lots of memories and share lots of laughs with your mother. There will be a discount applied for anyone bringing their mom or the mother of their children.

Grassy Knoll Movie Nights got its start after Wildman and her boyfriend lamented that no movie theatre existed in East Nashville. What began as a clever idea and dream, quickly snowballed into a very real and very creative business plan.

Wildman herself is a lovely person, bubbly and quick witted, with a deep love for films and her community. An original Nashvillian, she went to Hampshire College in West Massachusetts to get a well-rounded film degree, and wound up in New York for a little while. Thankfully, she came back to Nashville and started encouraging the growth of the art community in our area. Check out her website to see some of the music videos and short films she's completed, and read the synopsis for Apostrophe, her first feature film. Any backers out there ready to fund this terrific movie?

At Grassy Knoll Movie Night, the food trucks that attend the even are a significant part of Wildman's branding idea. Her partner this year is Ben Jones, and he has helped Wildman secure the trucks for this year, along with other marketing campaigns. With The Grilled Cheeserie, Pizza Buds, and other famous Nashville food trucks, a very carnivalesque feel is achieved by the folks of GKMN.

This Sunday, enjoy the exciting tastes of Pizza Buds and The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaraunt. But who doesn't love a cold beer on a warm evening? The Jackalope Brewing Company is the official beer sponsors of GKNM.

Local film makers, take note of this event. Wildman is always looking for new and interesting short films from local producers. If your film is family friendly and under 20 minutes, contact Wildman at dycee.wildman@comcast.net. Your film may be chosen to be screened before the main movie of the night.

As always, admission is $5 per adult, $4 per adult with donation to Second Harvest, and $1 per child 12 and under. Last year, GKMN was able to donate over 300 pounds of food to Second Harvest because of donations from patrons. At the screening of Labyrinth, 63 pounds of food was donated. How many pounds can GKMN lovers raise this year?

For more information about Grassy Knoll Movie Nights, check out their facebook page here. Hope to see everyone out this Sunday night!

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