A world class independent short film festival... in Nashville? They're not exactly two concepts that immediately seem to fit together. The country music capitol of the world and the cinematic arts might surprise anyone who has never visited Middle Tennessee but, as a native Nashvillian it's no surprise to see the Defy Film Festival opening today at Studio 615.
Defy Film Festival, now in its 4th year, is the brainchild of Dycee Wildman and Billy Senese and aims to bring "bold and extraordinary cinematic work from around the world to East Nashville." Among the phenomenal feature length and short film entries coming to the festival are not 1 but 2 dedicated blocks of Horror! The description on the Defy website may be the most simply stated and eloquent description of the genre that I've ever read.
"Horror is a language of turmoil and trauma; at its best it unpacks the universal truths of the human condition. In these eight films, we can see this conversation at play with a playful nod to the genre classics."
I couldn't have said it better myself. The first block of films, their descriptions, and the captivating stills from each promise a degree of high art and deep terror.
Kopschuif Directed by Roel Goyens (Belgium)
11010 Directed by Gabriela Monnerat, Rodrigo Amim aka ONZE (Brazil)
The Orchard Girl Directed by Nicholas Dunlevy, Erin Elders
License & Registration Directed by Jackson Ezinga
An Occurrence Directed by Stephen Huff*
Latched Directed by Justin Harding (Canada)
Supervenus Directed by Frédéric Doazan (France)
Creswick Directed by Natalie Erika James
All of this is just the first block of Horror. Add to this blocks of Thrillers, Experimental films, documentaries, Comedy, there is something for every taste.
Defy Film Festival begins at 6pm today at Studio 615 on Broadmoor in East Nashville.
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