A few months ago, we passed on the news that Yoni Goodman, the animator behind the Oscar-nominated documentary Waltz with Bashir, was taking on a project with a local slant: the life of Polish World War II resistance hero Jan Karski, who risked his life to warn the West of the horrific scale of Hitler's Final Solution. Last year, Karski was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
One of the people who helped get Karski long-overdue recognition was Nashville author and longtime Scene contributor E. Thomas Wood, whose fine 1996 biography was the first time many Americans had heard of him. (He even brought Karski to Nashville for a book signing at the now-defunct Bookstar.) Wood is among those working to move the documentary project forward, and he's just gotten a boost from a local documentarian: Demetria Kalodimos, the WSMV anchor who's built a side career as a chronicler of recent Nashville history.
Kalodimos is hosting a fundraiser for the Karski project 7 p.m. Saturday at her new studio and entertainment space, The Filming Station, with Wood and Emmy-winning director Slawomir Grunberg attending. It's a worthy cause, but for the curious, the big attraction may be a peek at what has to be one of the coolest and most imaginative reclaimed spaces in the city. A former gas station that's served duty as various shops and soul-food joints, located at what is now the Music City Center roundabout, it's been remodeled by auto enthusiast Kalodimos into a combination soundstage, screening room and event-space courtyard. Accessories ranging from baby moon hubcaps to classic Pontiac hood ornaments have been repurposed as fixtures, door handles and such.
For a $125 tax-deductible contribution, you can check it out tomorrow night. The Filming Station is located at 501 8th Ave. S. at Lea Avenue. To purchase tickets, email tom (at) ethomaswood (dot) com.