The Nashville Film Festival has added its first demand screening: Robert Archer Lynn and David Alford's Adrenaline
. The Nashville-set thriller, shot in one continuous 88-minute take, sold out its one scheduled screening 10 p.m. Sunday; a second has been added for 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Buzz on the film is strong. More than one person on the crowded plaza outside the downstairs Green Hills box office was overheard saying it sets a new benchmark for Nashville filmmakers, and sets it pretty high. Don't be surprised if it nabs one of the festival's top prizes. Word of mouth was also really hot on Kenny
, the Aussie mock-doc about a Port-A-Potty maintenance man shot partly in Nashville, which audiences loved.
If attendance holds throughout the weekend, it could set new records for NaFF. Afternoon shows were mostly full, a huge improvement over previous years, and the crowds got bigger as the night went on. There were full houses for producer Lawrence Bender, the world premiere of Ray McKinnon's Randy and the Mob
, and the world premiere of Craig Brewer's short film "Steppin' in the Hood," written by and starring kids from Nashville's Preston Taylor Boys and Girls Club YMCA.
Seen last night at Green Hills: Film Comment
contributing editor Chuck Stephens, one of the world's hottest writers on Asian cinema (and a new Nashvillian); Variety
scribe and longtime indie cinema chronicler Joe Leydon; Craig Brewer, Julie Alexander, Mike Quinones and Memphis rapper Al Kapone; indieWIRE's Steve Ramos; On the Grind
director Monteon Jones with his brother and StreetLaw Records partner Danny Dunlap; the Belcourt's Scott Manzler, James Wilson, Jason Shawhan and F. Clark Williams; "Steppin' in the Hood" stars Shay Moore, Victor Davis, Carlos Brown and Davontae Rucker Jr.; Mark Levine; local filmmakers Molly Secours (basking in the glow of her "College on the Brain" premiere), Stephen and Suzie Lackey, Tony Dancy, Will Akers, Loree Gold and Mitchell Galin; and MEAC's Michael Catalano.
Coming up today: the Matthew Kennedy doc (sure to sell out); Manufactured Landscapes
; producer Rob Hardy and Motives 2
; and the horror film End of the Line