Musica Campesina (Country Music)
Screening hosted by producer Sarah Childress and cinematographer Ashley Zeiger
Where: Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema, 310 25th Ave. S.
When: 7 p.m. Wed., Sept. 7
I had never seen Altman's Nashville (and I fancy myself a film geek) and I had never been to Nashville. I didn't know anybody who lived there, and to be honest, it wasn't on my list of places I cared to visit. Just as I come from somewhere "off the map" (i.e., Santiago, Chile), Nashville was a place — a myth, perhaps — that I knew existed but had no real idea about, except for some clichés that, eventually, would come in handy.
Now, as I write this, as I skim through my Moleskins and mini notebooks from Staples, I realize that Nashville is inextricably part of my life and always will be. Funny how things work out. It is, no doubt about it, my "second city," my home away from home, the place I will always return even if I never visit it again. There are other cities that I have lived in for a lot more time than my less-than-a-month in the penthouse of the Americana apartments, a couple of blocks away from my official writing headquarters: the great J&J's on Broadway. It's true that I'm more likely to feel more comfortable in Buenos Aires or have more friends in Lima or New York, but there is something very deep and private about my relationship to Nashville. It is very easy to establish, but perhaps not so much to disentangle, the feelings I have for the city.
Not too long ago, I was invited by Ted Fischer and the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt to write and cast and lock locations and shoot a movie in Nashville. And this is where the mystery appears, the epiphany, the memories: Once you shoot a film, once you have discovered a city and its people, once you have put your characters and actors in it, once you have bonded with people who are now going to be forever alive on the screen (whatever screen it may be) with your name and feelings and longings and fears, that city will always be yours. It will always be a part of you. ...