Every year, thousands of people come together to attend the Nashville Film Festival. Showcasing nearly three hundred films in just eight days can be crazy! Working in the film industry has allowed me chances to watch myself and others act our hearts out.
With a hefty schedule, I missed watching The Identical, a film I worked on as an extra over a year ago. However, to support other friends who helped with the film, Boulevard, still gave me the unique opportunity to see how a film festival is.
Following strict instructions to get there early on April 24, 2014, I invited a friend of mine along for the 7pm premiere. Dressed in dressy casual, it was off to the Green Hills Theater we went, located in Nashville, Tennessee. With quick, easy check-in, there was now time to kill – and see who would come. With easy luck, I spotted several friends of mine, a couple of the main actors, a producer, and the director all in attendance.
After a brief introduction of how the evening would go (movie first, Q&A after, along with film-rated ballot turn in, we sat in a full theater of intrigued guests. Without revealing a majority of the plot, Robin Williams takes on the role of a man named Nolan living in a marriage of convenience. Upon meeting a young man (Roberto Aguire), Nolan soon begins to realize that his life isn’t what it really should be and is faced with the difficult choice of whether or not to continue it.
An hour and a half later, we had the honor of meeting the talented director, Dito Montiel, Roberto Aguire, and a few other actors. Sadly, Williams was away on another project, although he did send a letter with his regrets of having to miss the premiere, but thankful for everyone that participated with the film and came for the premiere. I managed to squeak out a couple of questions myself towards the end of the Q&A.
Finally, after initially shaking hands with Montiel and Aguire, pictures were squashed in quickly inside the theater and out in the main hall. With so many people about, time was of an essence, with also taking into consideration other movies and events planned for the night with the Boulevard team.
Throughout the year I continue to take on more projects and events. After attending the premiere of Boulevard, I not only can’t wait for the next film festival, but I also can’t wait to attend my own premiere of “Unplanned Motherhood” May 3 in Huntsville, Alabama! To moviegoers and actors alike, film festivals are a one of a kind experience.