Tonight's featured presentation at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is the U.S. premiere of native Chad filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's Cannes prize-winner A Screaming Man, screening 6:45 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema. From Ron Wynn's overview in last week's Scene:
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes this year, the fourth film from Paris-based, Chad-born Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Daratt) continues his cinematic probe of the way civil war has hit various African nations. This time he returns to his native land, with Youssouf Djaro portraying a former Central African swimming champion now resigned to a dull existence as a hotel lifeguard. To secure his position, he elects to make a terrible offering to the civil war raging outside. A major coup for the festival — it makes its U.S. premiere in Nashville just weeks after its high-profile berth in Toronto — the French/Arabic-language film offers IBFF audiences a rare glimpse of current events in a nation that's seldom shown on the nightly news.
There's his bill to require abortion death certificates. ("Punitive? No, I don’t see it as punitive.") His "Don't Say Gay" bill. ("If I can take one thing away and say, hey, you don’t have to teach about homosexuality to your second-graders, you can spend more time on arithmetic.") And of course, his many bills to protect men from women. ("I think there just needs to be a little bit more parity in there.")
The first three questions for Campfield are ones we've all wondered about. What the hell is wrong with you? Are you actually crazy? And how do you keep getting re-elected?
There's also an article about Campfield's campaign for the state Senate, which poses another question: Is Stacey Campfield beatable?
"I'll be honest with you. I don't think anybody would notice if he cut his wrists. He'd have to put out a press release saying 'Richard Floyd Has Cut His Wrists.' "
Turner also agreed Rep. Ty Cobb, a darling of the state Democratic Party, stepped in it when he said in a campaign debate that he prefers to refer to illegal immigrants as "undocumented citizens." But Turner predicted Cobb would win reelection easily: "If Ty Cobb loses, the Republicans will win 90 seats."
Pith may have been the last person to see this gem. It's the usual Haslam pablum. He lays out a problem: health care. Then he rears back, shifts his weight and pauses in meaningful and pregnant fashion. Because it's just us talkin', Bill and I, as a guitar is strummed, its inoffensive, down-home, finger-picked notes drifting in the air (not unlike Pilot's money) while the candidate grins into the camera. The pause says, "Get ready, folks — I'm about to solve your problems, and not even break a sweat."
And then he delivers his pearl: Repeal health-care reform! (That way, insurance companies can once again deny coverage to children and everyone else with pre-existing conditions and drop us all willy-nilly for absurd and specious reasons.) Without explaining, he bears down hard on the phrase "personal responsibility," since those roughly 1 million uninsured folks in Tennessee clearly brought on themselves the shaft they've been getting. And don't forget "preventive care," which you have a hard time getting if you're uninsured. That's Bill Haslam's prescription.
At times like this, watching the media performances of the two front-runners, a voter can be forgiven for thinking this gubernatorial race is a bit like choosing whether to eat crap or drink piss. Either way, it doesn't taste any better served from a silver spoon.
As Ron Wynn noted last week in his Scene overview of the International Black Film Festival of Nashville, the IBFFN was coming off of its most successful year yet with few worries — until May's catastrophic flooding wiped out the festival's 2010 venue at Opry Mills. A mad scramble, however, and a lot of willing partners resulted in new temporary quarters for the festival at various locations on the Vanderbilt campus, Scarritt-Bennett, and the nearby Loews Vanderbilt Plaza.
Now that the auxiliary "Faith in Film" series has just concluded, the festival kicks off in high style tonight at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema with its official opening-night film: the fact-based drama Blood Done Sign My Name, an account of a murder trial in 1970 North Carolina that divides a town bitterly along racial lines. From Ron's story last week:
Luminaries slated to attend include rising star Nate Parker, noted for his roles in Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters and Lucasfilm's upcoming Tuskegee Airmen epic Red Tails. Parker joins Lela Rochon and Rick Schroeder in Blood Done Sign My Name, a film that sets a murder/suspense tale against the backdrop of the dawning civil rights movement. The feature opens the festival 6:50 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sarratt, and Parker will join the film's writer-director, The Fugitive/Die Hard screenwriter Jeb Stuart, in a talkback Q&A following the screening.
The red-carpet festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., and Parker and Stuart will also be present for the opening-night party starting 9:30 p.m. tonight at Cabana in Hillsboro Village. Tickets to the party are $25 general admission or $50 VIP. For a full schedule of films and events, see the festival's website.
1. Everyone's going to be talking about it over the next few days, so you might as well read it for yourself — Matt Taibbi's story in Rolling Stone on the tea partiers. Once you've read it, ask yourself this: is it better to be thought of as scheming bigots or to be seen as ancient angry idiots being played by the Republican establishment? At least scheming bigots have to be dealt with. Ancient angry idiots who don't realize how the Republican establishment is manipulating them are easily dismissed.
2. Mike Morrow's story about the hearing into the hiring of John Morgan is one of the most beautifully written and insightful pieces on Tennessee politics I've come across in a long time. So read it for a clear understanding of what this mess says about us as a state and our problems, but linger over the lovely sentences. Fair warning, the Examiner's many ads coming at you as pop-ups and roll-overs and pop-behinds will make you long for the "calm" of the Tennessean's webpage, so be sure your ad-blocker is up to date before clicking the link.
The memo contains hearsay and even layers of hearsay with a healthy dose of naked speculation tossed in for good measure. Yet Nixon found a way not to exclude it under various exceptions to the hearsay rule in the law. The education blogger Nashville Jefferson explains it all very nicely here. Nixon even allowed parts of the memo in which Garcia claims to be quoting other people. Our favorite is when Garcia quotes former school board member Kathy Nevill quoting former board chairwoman Marsha Warden as saying Hillwood parents were putting the heat on her to "get rid" of black kids in their school.
The memo is key because, to win the lawsuit, the NAACP had to prove the rezoning plan was racially motivated. Nash Jeff agrees this is a big victory for the plaintiffs but doesn't think it'll mean a favorable ruling in the end:
You can view this two ways: 1) As a prelude to an even bigger victory for Plaintiffs on the merits, or 2) As a consolation prize for the defeat that’s coming. Given the extremely high burden that Plaintiffs have to shoulder here, I tend to think it’s the latter, despite Judge Nixon’s apparent predilections and willingness to find somewhat far-fetched (though legally sound) justifications for his rulings.
“Never let it be said that these hearings are nothing but a demonstration of an internecine squabble among politicians and that no one cares outside of a mile from the capital. The people care. Indeed they do,” Gresham said, pointing out there are six universities and more than 200,000 students in the Board of Regents system. “There are students, families, faculty and communities caring very much and watching what we do here. And I assure you that these hearings were not called because this issue is personal, political or partisan. These hearings have been called based on the principle that the citizens of Tennessee have a reasonable expectation that their leadership, whether elected or appointed, will follow the laws that guide them.”
In response, Democrat Joe Haynes heaped praise on Morgan as a fabulous public servant and dismissed Republican complaints that the fix was in for him.
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