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From porch swinging on Sunday afternoons, to researching the roots of her hometown, to ordering her tofu fried, Rachel Parker is proud to be a southern girl. Homegrown in beautiful Tennessee, Rachel has worked for the past seven years as a professional dancer in various theaters along the east coast and visited over 25 countries as a performer with Princess Cruise Line Productions. Graduating from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.A. in English, emphasis in Creative Writing, she is currently writing and editing for a variety of freelance projects. Rachel loves Nashville’s beautifully eclectic art, music, and theater scene, as well as its deep appreciation for history through touring exhibitions and preservation of historic buildings.

Recap: Nashville Film Festival 2013 Dedicated To Community Outreach

Eight days and 268 films later the Nashville Film Festival‘s

(Photo Credit: www.josh-bennett.com)

(Photo Credit: www.josh-bennett.com)

curtain is drawn for another year.  With 3,004 entries, from forty-nine countries, and 27,813 attendees, the 44th annual film festival extravaganza broke records of success.

Hosted by Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, between Thursday, April 18 and Thursday, April 25, 2013, NaFF topped its past success, screening more films, and receiving more entries than Artistic Director, Brian Owens, could have predicted.

“This is due, in part, to the fact that NaFF is an Academy Award Qualifier for short narratives,” said Owen. “I also attribute it to our reputation as a fun festival for filmmakers and as a great city to visit.”

Originally known as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration, the festival rolled its first film in 1969 on an East Tennessee Farm.  Since then NaFF has continued to gain popularity and respect, receiving annual recognition from publications such as the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal online, MovieMaker Magazine and Film Festival Today.

NaFF is involved in many life enhancing outreach programs, including the HOPE TOUR, which bring NaFF films and submissions to the bedsides of adult patients in long-term care.  Another program, LIVIN’ REEL, leads teens through the film making experience as they write, edit, create their own work, and star in a documentary.

(Photo Credit: Shelley Justiss)

(Photo Credit: Shelley Justiss)

Room in the Inn, a local organization offering emergency services, transitional programs, shelter, and life changing solutions for the Nashville homeless, joined the closing night festivities.  Art teacher, Edith Costanza, displayed her art students’ work for purchase.  All proceeds will return to the program for art supplies.

One of the oldest film festivals in the US, NaFF is celebrated for its diversity, this year featuring Latino, African-American, GLBT, Jewish, and Kurdish films. Next year’s forty-fitfth annual festival is sure to generate continued success, break more records, sell-out more theaters, create and support more good work for the community, and give a stage to hundreds of filmmakers’ stories and voices.

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