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April seems to be a budding time for film since so much will be going on around the Nashville area. There are a boat load of film festivals taking place this month with some great chances to see some amazing films.
Of course, April is the month when Nashville holds is famed Nashville Film Festival, which is taking place on April 15-22. Films being shown at this year's festival include singer Brad Paisley's directorial debut, Shane Dax Taylor's Provinces of Night starring Kris Kristofferson, Val Kilmer, Dwight Yoakam, Hilary Duff and Reece Thompson , and several others. The opening film is Nowhere Boy, a biographical film about John Lennon and the closer will be Adrian Grenier's much celebrated Sundance film Teenage Paparazzo. Tickets for film festival members go on sale April 4 while general admission will be available starting on April 6.
If you want to be a part of Nashville's Film Festival, you can still sign up to volunteer to help with events. For those looking to become a member or sponsor of the film festival, access here to get information about signing up and getting the benefits of supporting the festival.
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This April is also the time when many local colleges and universities roll out their film festivals, showing what the up-and-coming students of film have to offer and maybe which will be the next big movie director coming to theaters near you.
MTSU's 10th Annual Student Film festival is being held from April 12-16 in the theatre of the Keathley University Center. Students who want to submit their films must submit them by April 2 in order to be considered and shown. All of the films are free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
At the Premiere 6 Theatre in Murfreesboro will be the local premiere of The New, True Charlie Wu, a film made by MTSU professor Bob Pondillo. The entrance fee is $8 for admission or $10 dollars for admission and a personal copy of the film and includes a question and answer sesssion wtih Dr. Pondillo after the screening of the film. The film has won several awards in short film festivals, including Best Short Film at the 2010 "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" Film Festival in Palm Bay, FL. and was chosen as an "Official Selection" of the Smogdance International Film Festival in in Pomona, CA.
Vanderbilt's Student Film Festival is also taking place on April 28. Submissions are due for judging by March 29. More information about the Vanderbilt Film Festival can be found by accessing the festival's official blog or the official Facebook page for the festival.
If you're looking for something film-wise to do in Nashville, April is a happening month.