Friday, March 31, 2017

DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE WINS CHRISTOPHER & MOVIEGUIDE® AWARDS

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 3, 2017) – Dolly Parton continues to enjoy a successful music career on many levels. Her Pure & Simple album and tour were both resounding successes, as have been her two NBC-TV movies from the holiday seasons, 2015’s Coat of Many Colors, and 2016’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Both films were resounding successes for the network, and have resulted in a series of awards for the singer.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was cited as one of the TV and Cable winners of the 68th Annual Christopher Awards, along with This Is Us, the runaway hit of the season, Academy Award Nominees Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge, and Gold Star Parents, an episode of the long-running CBS news magazine staple 60 Minutes. The award will be presented in a May ceremony.

The Christopher Awards win is the latest for the film, which also includes the Movieguide® Epiphany Prize for Television. It marks the second straight win for a Parton-related project, following Coat of Many Colors.

In April of 2016 Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors received the Academy of Country Music's Tex Ritter Award, which honors a movie "released and / or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music." The award shares its name with Tex Ritter, a film and music star from the 1930s through the 1970s.

The films are both based upon Parton’s experiences growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, and her memories of celebrating the holidays with her family. Circle of Love also detailed the beginning of Parton’s desire to make it in the music business. Both projects starred Rick Schroder and Jennifer Nettles as her parents, Robert and Avie, and Gerald McCraney as her grandfather, Jake Owens. Winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Parton in the movies was young actress Alyvia Alyn Lind.

Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love on Digital HD
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

JUSTIN MOORE TO PERFORM AT NCAA MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL IN PHOENIX MARCH

 
PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 28, 2017)  Country music's platinum selling JUSTIN MOORE will perform during the 2017 NCAA MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 31st. Keith Urban is set to headline the first of three free concerts, annually produced by Turner Live Events, as part of the March Madness Music Festival, which takes place at Margaret T. Hance Park. Part of the NCAA Tournament festivities, the festival will also feature The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blink 182, Leon Bridges, Grouplove, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Capital Cities.

Friday, March 31 / AT&T Block Party
(This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis)
  • Michael Ray
  • Justin Moore
  • Keith Urban
Performances from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mountain Time

Fans around the world will be able to tune in for many of the stellar performances via live stream on att.net/attblockparty (for the AT&T Block Party only), ncaa.combleacherreport.com, and the official NCAA YouTube channel. Additionally, the official festival site will be updated in advance of the big weekend with details at ncaa.com/musicfest. People can also stay updated by following @FinalFour on Twitter or downloading the Final Four app at ncaa.com/mffapp.

HANK WILLIAMS JR. ADDS SUMMER RUN TO BUSY 2017 SCHEDULE



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2017)
 
– The legendary HankWilliams Jr. has kicked 2017 into high gear with a handful of rollicking performances thus far. Never one to slow down, the country music icon has added additional shows to his summer concert calendar. Included in his run are a handful of co-headlining shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd and special guest Aaron Lewis.

Hank Jr. continues to promote his most recent album It’s About Time, which achieved the highest studio album debut of his career. The album skyrocketed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and broke the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200, landing at No. 8.

Hank Jr.'s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Hank Jr. has been named ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In October 1982, Williams had nine albums on the Billboard music charts at the same time, a feat unequaled by any other living artist. In 1987, Hank won the first of five straight Entertainer of the Year awards voted to him by his peers, and won his first ever Grammy.

As a touring artist, Hank Jr. was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.

For more information, visit hankjr.com

HANK WILLIAMS JR. ON TOUR
April 20 - PGA Tour Champions Bass Pro Shop’s Legends of Golf Tournament - Ridgedale, Mo.
April 29 – NRA Presents Hank Williams Jr. and Friends (special guest Lee Brice) - Atlanta, Ga.
May 27 – Florida Country 500 Superfest @ Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 28 – Bayou Country Superfest @ Mercedes Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
June 09 – Choctaw Grand Theater - Durant, Okla.
June 10 – Silver Star Hotel and Casino-Convention Center – Choctaw, Miss.
June 16 - James Brown Arena - Augusta, Ga.
June 17 - Celebrate Virginia After Hours - Fredericksburg, Va.
July 01 – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel - Salamanca, N.Y.
July 02 – French Lick Resort Casino - French Lick, Ind.
July 03 - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill - Sterling Heights, Mich.
July 21 - Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally - Morgantown, W.Va.
July 22 - Volvo Cars Stadium - Daniel Island, S.C.
July 29 - Dam Music Fest @ El Dorado Lake - El Dorado, Kan. (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Aug. 12 - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, N.C. (with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aaron Lewis)
Aug. 18 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, Ind. (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Aug. 19 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, N.J. (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Aug. 25 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, N.Y. (with Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Sept. 15 – Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Pepsi Outdoor Amphitheater - Airway Heights, Wash.
Sept. 16 – Washington State

Monday, March 27, 2017

RESTLESS HEART ANNOUNCES 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

RESTLESS HEART ANNOUNCES 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 
Nashville, Tenn. (March 23, 2017) — Legendary country music group Restless Heart has announced the first leg of tour dates for its 2017 North American tour.  Entering their 34th year on the tour trail, the men of Restless Heart will again travel the country coast-to-coast with scheduled tour dates in OregonTexasOhioFloridaTennesseeGeorgiaMinnesotaWisconsin, and more.
 
"My favorite part about touring each year is seeing the familiar faces of our incredible fans in every crowd," says Restless Heart keyboardist/vocalist Dave Innis.  "After all these years, it's more like family, especially since so many are raising a new generation of Restless Heart fans to keep us 'rollin' down the highway!'"
 
"It's a great feeling going into each touring season knowing that we get to once again hit the stage every night with the original five guys still on top of our game," adds Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart.  "Time to get the show on the road!"
 
Larry Stewart, John DittrichGreg JenningsPaul Gregg and Dave Innis, the men who make up Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hitsfour of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music's "Top Vocal Group."
 
Restless Heart 2017 North American Tour Schedule:
 
3/24/17 - Florence, OR - Three Rivers Casino & Hotel 
3/25/17 - Florence, OR - Three Rivers Casino & Hotel 
4/08/17 - DeQuincy, LA - Louisiana Railroad Days Festival 
4/09/17 - Lindale, TX - Love and War in Texas 
4/15/17 - Amarillo, TX - Amarillo Civic Center 
4/21/17 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Palace 
4/22/17 - Cartersville, GA - The Grand Theatre 
4/28/17 - Lake Charles LA - Golden Nugget Casino
5/20/17 - Giddings, TX - Lee County Fair 
5/28/17 - Verdi, NV - Boomtown Hotel & Casino 
6/03/17 - Carlsbad, NM - CavernFest 
6/23/17 - Chipley, FL - Panhandle Watermelon Festival 
7/04/17 - Rogersville, TN - Rogersville 4th Of July Celebration 
7/15/17 - Sisseton, SD - Sisseton's 125th Anniversary-Brewster/Gunderson Field 
7/20/17 - Warren, MN - Marshall County Fair 
7/21/17 - Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder USA 
7/22/17 - Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Cattle Baron's Ball 
8/05/17 - Culleoka, TN - The Barn 
8/15/17 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Fair 
8/18/17 - Farmington, NM - San Juan County Fair 
8/26/17 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
9/01/17 - Millersport, OH - Sweet Corn Festival 
9/08/17 - Branson, MO - Silver Dollar City 
9/16/17 - Hartford, WI - Schauer Arts And Activities Center 
9/22/17 - Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall 
10/13/17 - The Woodlands,TX - Dosey Doe
 
For additional information on Restless Heart visit www.restlessheartband.com.
 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

REBA MCENTIRE TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR 27TH ANNUAL CITY OF HOPE CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME SATURDAY, JUNE 10

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 21, 2017) – The stars are beginning to line up for the 27th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game presented by Staples® with the announcement that REBA MCENTIRE will sing the National Anthem before the game on Saturday, June 10 at First Tennessee Park. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks to strike out cancer with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center. Proceeds from the game go to support City of Hope’s groundbreaking research, innovative treatments and compassionate patient care.

The game brings together country music’s brightest stars and draws thousands of its biggest fans. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. As always, 100% of event net profits benefit City of Hope. Check back soon for the full line-up of celebrity players going to bat for City of Hope.

Individual ticket pricing:
  • $15
  • $35
Group discounts are available, so take your friends, family or co-workers out to the ballgame:
  • 10% off 25-100 tickets
  • 15% off 101-199 tickets
  • 20% off 200+ tickets
Each year, the Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of country music’s biggest and hottest stars. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Shania Twain, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

For more information, visit cityofhope.org/softball or follow City of Hope on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Statler Brother Singer Jimmy Fortune 'Sings the Classics' on Upcoming Album Set for Release April 21


Project Features Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs and the Voices of Lee
 
Available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Locations Nationwide
 
Nashville, Tenn. (March 20, 2017) – Jimmy Fortune, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and member of the legendary Statler Brothers, has just completed an all-new recording, Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics. The album, which will be available April 21, features collaborations with longtime friends Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs and the Voices of Lee. The Gaither Music Group project will be available at music retailers everywhere, along with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide. Fans can also pre-order the album HERE.

"This project is very special and dear to my heart,” said Jimmy Fortune. “A lot of hard work and thought went into picking each song, songs that shaped my life. I love them all and I think anyone who hears it will feel the same way.”

Known for his unmistakable tenor voice that has captivated audiences since his 21-year tenure with The Statler Brothers, Fortune puts a new twist on some of his old favorites on the upcoming album. Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics features 14 new studio recordings of classic songs that have all left their mark in music history.

Standout tracks on the project include the classic Hank Cochran-penned “Make the World Go Away,” which has been recorded over the years by some of music’s greatest voices including Ray Price, Eddy Arnold and Donny & Marie Osmond. Another highlight is the country classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which is one of the most well-known songs in the history of the genre. Paying homage to his Statler Brothers’ heritage, the project also features a new recording of the signature Grammy® Award-winning hit “Flowers on the Wall,” a tune which Fortune knows well, as it was the first major hit for the iconic quartet.

The past year has been a career-defining time for Fortune, who was honored by the Academy of Country Music at the 10th Annual ACM Honors with the “Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award” for his incredible contribution to country music, along with each member of The Statler Brothers. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame hit maker also received his first GMA Dove Award for “Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year” for the track “Life’s Railway to Heaven” featuring The Oak Ridge Boys and found on his previous critically-acclaimed album, Hits & Hymns (Gaither Music Group). The ACM Award-winner will be hitting the road in 2017 in support of the upcoming album, with a 40-plus city tour where fans can hear him sing No. 1 Statler Brothers’ hits such as “Elizabeth,” gospel favorites, and classics featured on his upcoming album. Fans who want an up-close and personal experience can set sail with Fortune on the 14th Annual Jimmy Fortune Alaskan Cruise, set for departure this July.

Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics will be featured as part of a special television offer on DISH TV, DIRECTV, Gaither Television Network, TBN, RFD-TV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel, and Hope TV.

The recording will be exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music. It will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace and through online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and www.gaither.com.

For further information regarding Jimmy Fortune, visit www.jimmyfortune.com or follow www.facebook.com/jimmyfortune.
 
Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics Track Listing:
1. Make the World Go Away
2. Take Me Home, Country Roads
3. Danny’s Song
4. Wake Up Little Susie (feat. Ricky Skaggs)
5. Unchained Melody
6. Take It to the Limit (feat. The Isaacs)
7. Crazy Arms
8. Flowers on the Wall
9. If
10. Wildfire
11. Annie’s Song
12. Yesterday
13. Southern Nights
14. Bridge Over Troubled Waters (feat. Voices of Lee)

Jimmy Fortune On Tour: 
Mar. 24 - Rocky Mount, Va. - Harvester Performance Center
Mar. 25 - Lovingston, Va. - Nelson County High School
Apr. 4 - Leesburg, Fla.- Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
Apr. 7 - Corsicana, Texas - The Palace Theatre
Apr. 8 - Arlington, Texas - Arlington Music Hall
Apr. 22 - Hegins, Pa. - Tri Valley JR-SR High School
May 2 - Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre
May 7 - Elkins, W.Va. - American Mountain Theatre
May 19 and 20 - Scottsburg, Ind. - Ross Country Jamboree
May 26 and 27 - Gatlinburg, Tenn. - Gaither Family Fest
June 10 - Steelville, Mo. - The Meramec Music Theatre
June 25 - Confirmed TBA
July 1 - Hiawassee, Ga. - Anderson Music Hall
July 4 - Radford, Va. - Radford 4th of July Celebration
July 16 through July 23 - Alaska - Jimmy Fortune Alaskan Cruise
July 29 - Benton, Ky. - Kentucky Opry
Aug. 15 - Lewisburg, W.Va. - WV State Fair
Sept. 2 - Lancaster, Pa. - American Music Theatre
Sept. 4 - Paden City, W.Va. - Paden City Labor Day Celebration
Sept. 9 - McLeansboro, Ill. - McLeansboro Fall Festival
Sept. 14 - Bremen, Ga. - Mill Town Music Hall
Sep. 18 - Lawrenceville, Ga. - Gwinnett County Fair
Sept. 21 - Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre
Sept. 23 - Prairie du Sac, Wisc. - River Arts Center
Oct. 6 - South Boston, Va. - Halifax County Fair
Oct. 7 - Manteo, N.C. - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 15 - Pigeon Forge, Tenn. - Country Tonite Theatre
Oct. 17 and 18 - Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre
Nov. 11 and 12 - Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre
Dec. 2 - York, Pa. - York Expo Center
Dec. 3 - Lebanon, Pa. - Lebanon Expo Center
Dec. 7 - Weyers Cave, Va. - Weyers Cave Community Center
Dec. 8 - Amherst, Va. - Clifford Baptist Church
Dec. 9 - Liberty, N.C. - The Liberty Showcase Theater
More dates pending

Monday, March 20, 2017

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, SPECTRUM AND THE INAUGURAL ANIMATED FEATURE COMPETITION AND NEW BURT REYNOLDS FEATURE FILMED IN KNOXVILLE


NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, SPECTRUM AND THE INAUGURAL ANIMATED FEATURE COMPETITION 

METH STORM: ARKANSAS USA ADDED TO DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Nashville, TN – Nashville Film Festival announces the 33 additional feature films accompanied by several people were new categories for the Special Presentations, Spectrum and the inaugural Animated Feature Competitions. Spotlight selections include MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERSMANIFESTO starringCate Blanchett, the Sundance sensation PATTI CAKE$, and THE HERO starring Sam Elliot.

New categories include the inaugural Animated Feature Competition, with films representing four nations – USA, Turkey, South Korea and Canada. Spectrum Q highlights daring cinema surrounding the lives of the LGBTQ community.

This announcement grows the total number of features films to 96 showing over the ten days of the festival running from April 20 to 29.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Brave New Jersey / USA (Director: Jody Lambert) — A comedy about a small, New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles’s legendary, 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast — the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of Lullaby are faced with what they think is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. Cast: Tony Hale | Heather Burns | Anna Camp | Dan Bakkedahl | Sam Jaeger | Raymond J. Barry.

Dog Years / USA (Director: Adam Rifkin) — An aging, former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface DOG YEARS is a tale about faded fame, but at its core, it’s a universal story about growing old.Cast: Ariel Winter| Burt Reynolds | Chevy Chase | Clark Duke | Ellar Coltrane | Juston Street.

The Exception / United Kingdom (Director: David Leveaux) — A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.  Cast: Christopher Plummer | Jai Courtney | Lily James | Janet McTeer | Eddie Marsan | Ben Daniels.

Folk Hero & Funny Guy / USA (Director: Jeff Grace) — A successful singer-songwriter hatches a plan to help his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour.  Cast: Alex Karpovsky | Wyatt Russell | Meredith Hagner | Melanie Lynskey | Hannah Simone | Michael Ian Black.

The Hero / USA (Director: Brett Haley) — Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, an aging actor tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter while striking up a new relationship with a wild woman. Cast: Laura Prepon | Krysten Ritter | Nick Offerman | Sam Elliot | Katharine Ross. OPENING NIGHT SPOTLIGHT.

Patti Cake$ / USA (Director: Geremy Jasper) — Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ fights an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.  Cast: Danielle MacDonald | Bridget Everett | Siddharth Dhananjay | Mamoudou Athie | Cathy Moriarty. CLOSING NIGHT SPOTLIGHT.

The Wedding Plan / Israel (Director: Rama Burshtein) — When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband. Cast: Dafi Alferon | Noa Kooler.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS DOCUMENTARIES

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail / USA (Director: Steve James) — Abacus Federal Savings in New York’s Chinatown was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the immigrant Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.  Cast: Cyrus Vance Jr. | Thomas Sung | Jill Sung.

Dolores / USA (Director: Peter Bratt) — Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country’s first farm worker’s union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave.  Cast: Dolores Huerta | Cesar Chavez.

May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers / USA (Director: Judd Apatow | Michael Bonfiglio) — A portrait of the acclaimed band, the Avett Brothers, as they create their hit album ‘True Sadness.’  Cast: Scott Avett | Seth Avett | Bob Crawford | Joe Kwon | Paul DeFiglia | Mike Marsh. CENTERPIECE SPOTLIGHT.

Step / USA (Director: Amanda Lipitz) — STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities / USA (Director: Stanley Nelson) — A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries – and path of promise toward the American dream – Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. For the first time ever, their story is told.  

Where Have You Gone, Lou Dimaggio? / USA (Director: Brad Kuhlman) — From 1985 tob1989 Lou DiMaggio, no relation to baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, was a regular at the iconic “Catch a Rising Star” comedy club in New York City. For four years Lou worked along side of and made lasting friendships with a small group of comedians who are today some of the very best in the business. Cast: Larry David | Lou DiMaggio | Jeff Garlin.

SPECTRUM

The Commune / Denmark | Sweden | Netherlands (Director: Thomas Vinterberg) — A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 70’s.  Cast: Ulrich Thomsen | Fares Fares | Trine Dyrholm | Lars Ranthe.

Do Donkeys Act? / USA (Director: David Redmon | Ashley Sabin) — Filmed over 5 years – DO DONKEYS ACT? subtly subverts the notion of the “dumb beast” as it captures donkeys in the midst of healing from human cruelty and neglect. Narrated by Willem Dafoe.  Cast: Willem Dafoe (Narrator).

Last Men in Aleppo / Syria |Denmark (Director: Feras Fayyad) — After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo’s remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in a city under fire to help their fellow citizens and witness life, death, struggle and triumph.  

Manifesto / Austrailia | Germany (Director: Julian Rosefeldt) – Cate Blanchett portrays 13 different characters, each of which are a physical representation of a single 20th-century art or political movement. Cast: Cate Blanchett. SPECTRUM SPOTLIGHT.

The Memory of Fish / USA (Director: Jennifer Galvin | Sachi Cunningham) – THE MEMORY OF FISH is a documentary portrait of one man, the wild salmon he loves, and his fight to free a river.  Cast: Lili Taylor (Narrator). EARTH DAY SPOTLIGHT.

Menashe / USA (Director: Joshua Weinstein) — Within Brooklyn’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. A tender drama performed entirely in Yiddish, the film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood.  Cast: Menashe Lustig.

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves / Canada (Director: Mathieu Denis | Simon Lavoie) — A group of young people in Québec resolve to form a revolutionary cell together in the aftermath of the collapse of student protests for independence.  Cast: Charlotte Aubin | Laurent Bélanger | Emmanuelle Lussier Martinez | Gabrielle Tremblay | Léa Aubin.

Vamizi – Cradle of Coral / Mozambique | Sweden (Director: Mattias Klum) — Vamizi is the largest island in the Quirimbas Archipelago. Its relative isolation from mainland Mozambique has preserved its natural beauty and wildlife. This fragile realm is however under threat. Accompanied by renowned National Geographic photographer Mattias Klum, we follow a team of scientists who fight to stop the damage before it starts, Cast: William Winram. EARTH DAY SPOTLIGHT.

SPECTRUM Q

The Ornithologist / Portugal | France | Brazil (Director: João Pedro Rodrigues) — Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.  Cast: Paul Hamy | Xelo Cagiao | João Pedro Rodrigues | Han Wen | Chan Suan.

Staying Vertical / France (Director: Alain Guiraudie) — A filmmaker has to raise a child by himself while looking for inspiration for his new film.  Cast: India Hair | Damien Bonnard | Raphael Thiery | Laure Calamy.

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin / USA (Director: Jennifer M. Kroot) — THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world’s most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.  Cast: Armistead Maupin | Laura Linney | Olympia Dukakis | Ian McKellen | Amy Tan.

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? / Israel (Director: Barak Heymann | Tomer Heymann) — Saar, a 39-year-old ex-Israeli army paratrooper, living in London, finds out that he is HIV positive, and embarks on a journey of reconciliation with his religious family in Israel. Cast: Saar Maoz.

SPECTRUM CHINA

Good Samaritan / China (Director: Fang Gangliang) — In Tang Dynasty China, a princess must sacrifice her personal desire in order to bring peace to her kingdom.  Cast: Xu Qinglei | Zhao Jianbao.

The Love of Drum / China (Director: Ning Jingwu) — Thousands of years of Yao tradition and culture are challenged by a brash young man who returns from the US with modern ideas of dance.  Cast: Gu Cheng | Huang Meimei | Guo Yunqi | Tang Ping.

Silk Road Hero: Khan’s Arrow / China (Director: Yang Xiaopu | Fang Jun | Liu Quanwei | Zheng Xiaojia) — A high-maintenance young woman in the early stages of pregnancy has her life turned upside down by a traffic accident.  Cast: Lenox | Sookie | Zhao Yuying | Feng Bing | Zhang Hong | Zhang Lifu.

ANIMATED FEATURE COMPETITION

Bad Cat / Turkey (Director: Mehmet Kurtulus | Ayse Unal) — Take the outrageousness of Fritz The Cat, the cuteness of Garfield, add the whip-smart action of Tarantino, put it in a blender and voila! What you get is BAD CAT: a crudely funny, action-packed animated motion picture for adults, which is destined to become a cult classic.  Cast: Uğur Yücel | Demet Evgar | Okan Yalabık | Güven Kıraç | Gökçe Özyol | Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan. US Premiere

Revengeance / USA (Director: Bill Plympton | Jim Lujan) — A low rent bounty hunter is thrust into a world of danger when he is hired to find the girl who stole something from an ex-biker/wrestler-turned-senator.  Cast: Jim Lujan. Tennessee Premiere

Window Horses / Canada (Director: Ann Marie Fleming) — A young Canadian poet with Chinese and Persian parents travels to Iran to perform at a poetry festival.  Cast: Shohreh Aghdashloo | Ellen Page | Sandra Oh | Peyman Moaadi | Kristen Thomson | Nancy Kwan. Southeast US Premiere

Seoul Station / South Korea (Director: Sang-ho Yeon) — Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that is unleashed Seoul.  Cast: Seung-ryong Ryu | Joon Lee | Sang-hee Lee | Eun-kyung Shim. Tennessee Premiere

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

Meth Storm: Arkansas USA / USA (Craig Renaud | Brent Renaud) — With unparalleled access on both sides of the law, METH STORM: Arkansas USA is a thrilling non-fiction cops and robbers drama told from inside the American drug war. Southeast US Premiere. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

CHARLIE DANIELS MEMOIR, “NEVER LOOK AT THE EMPTY SEATS,” TO BE RELEASED OCTOBER 24


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 14, 2017) – Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” (W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson), fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a Grammy award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business. The book releases October 24 in hardcover, eBook and audiobook and is available for pre-order now. For available retailers and more info, go to CharlieDaniels.com.

"I'm extremely excited about the release of my new book, “Never Look At The Empty Seats.” Quite a bit is known about my public life but there is so much more I've wanted to share, my early years, my faith, my struggles and the unique people and events which have had such an impact on who I am and what I do,” said Daniels.

"Although the phrase is at times overused, Charlie Daniels truly is a national treasure,” Matt Baugher the SVP and Publisher of W Publishing Group says. "His love for America and all it stands for is matched only by his immense talent as a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player. We’re honored to partner with this music legend in bringing his full story to the public for the first time. He’s had quite a ride.”

New Music Video From Award Winning Family Group, The Nelons


Hendersonville, TN (March 15th, 2017) – Daywind Records recording artist and recent GMA Hall of Fame inductees, The Nelons, are set to release their brand new music video for the song, ‘When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace.’ The song is the current radio single from their latest album, Family Harmony. The video will debut this Friday night, March 17th, on The Nelons official YouTube channel.

‘When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace’ was written by industry veteran Wayne Haun, along with Barbara Huffman, and has quickly become a fan favorite.
The backdrop for the new music video is rural Georgia farmland, with an unmistakable Americana look that enhances the harmonious sounds of this subtle, yet commercial track.
 
Jason Clark of The Nelons shares, “We have been working hard on bringing our fan base more videos and visual storytelling pieces. We realize in this culture, folks are listening to music with their eyes as much as their ears.”
 
The music video for ‘When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace’ was directed and co-edited by acclaimed videographer Scott Godsey.  “Scott and his team catches our vision of colors and tapestry from music to film as well as anyone we’ve worked with,” adds Kelly Nelon Clark. The Nelons always strive to pioneer new markets, such as the concept video of ‘Excuse Me, Are You Jesus?’ taking home the prestigious New York People’s Choice TELLY Award.
 
Stay tuned to The Nelons official YouTube channel for more releases in the very near future. Already in production is a major music-set-to-film piece entitled, ‘The Awakening,’ in which the group will be filming on location in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

To view & subscribe to The Nelons YouTube channel, visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/theofficialnelons/videos