Next Up: Nashville, TN

Next up! Film Forward travels to Nashville, Tennessee, where we’re excited to partner with the Belcourt Theatre to showcase our program. Free film screenings, discussions, and Q&As will be held at the historic Belcourt in the heart of this vibrant city. Pursuant to the goal of reaching our three target audiences--under-served audiences, youth/students, and artists--Film Forward and the Belcourt have partnered with key local organizations including the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Oasis Youth Opportunity Center, and Frist Center for the Visual Arts to reach as many community members in Nashville as possible.

Exterior shot of the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by: Shelley Justiss.

We’re especially excited to be joined by one of our Film Forward filmmakers, Peter Bratt (writer/director of La Mission), at the Oasis Youth Opportunity Center. He will participate in a post-screening discussion moderated by Pam Sheffer of the Oasis Center, who focuses on developing programs and services specifically for LGBT youth. This screening is a wonderful opportunity to bring students, at-risk youth, GLBT groups, and the Hispanic community, in particular, all together for cross-cultural dialogue.

Still from the film La Mission. Directed by: Peter Bratt.

Nashville has the largest Kurdish community in the U.S., which is one of the many reasons why we’re thrilled to be joined by Isabelle Stead, producer of Son of Babylon. She will screen clips from the film and participate in a discussion regarding the Iraq’s Missing Persons Campaign, which is a true opportunity to create cross-cultural dialogue and instigate change and activism through the arts. This event will be moderated by Kirmanj Gundi, EdD. of Tennessee State University. Thanks to the Nashville Public Library for hosting this incredible event!

Still from the film Son of Babylon. Directed by: Mohamed Al Daradji.

We’re also especially excited to join forces with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to present a special screening of Udaan, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, in conjunction with its exhibit, Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior--a true fusion of art forms promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding!

We can’t wait to land in Nashville! Be sure to come out to one of our many events and screenings from April 9-April 14. See you there.

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