The Nashville Independent Film Festival (NIFF) held its 32nd annual weeklong celebration of independent filmmakers June 6-10 at the Regal Green Hills Cinema 16. The 2001 NIFF showcased the best in independent film and video in the following genres: feature length, documentary, short subject, animation, experimental, and young filmmaker (high school or younger). Included in the festival activities were 12 workshops featuring guests such as Olympia Dukakis, James Gandolfino, D.A. Pennebaker, Marty Stuart and representatives from Industrial Light & Magic, Film Roman, Pixar, Disney and Paramount, among many others.
CAA's Clay Myers, BMI songwriters Tommy Lee James and Shaye Smith, NIFF's Brian Gordon and BMI's Harry Warner
A special event for NIFF participants was a reception on June 7 hosted by Creative Artists Agency at BMI Nashville featuring entertainment by CAA stars: Arista's Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Phil Vassar, Capitol's Cyndi Thomson, Reunion's Michael W. Smith, Mercury's Jamie O'Neal and Sony's Little Big Town.
(kneeling) CAA's Clay Myers and John Huie; (standing) CAA's Jeff Hill, Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, Jamie O'Neal, Cyndi Thomson, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild, CAA's Ron Baird, Little Big Town's Kimberly Roads, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Phil Vassar, BMI's Harry Warner, Michael W. Smith and CAA's Rod Essig.
NIFF was formed in 1969 as the Sinking Creek Film Celebration. One of the country’s oldest film festivals, NIFF annually screens 150 feature length, documentary, experimental, animated and short films from around the world, including premieres of award-winning films. NIFF also maintains the Sinking Creek Film Library, which contains over 500 films and videos, and provides ongoing youth education in the Nashville Community.
Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Roads, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of new Sony act Little Big Town opened the show and introduced the rest of the performers; the group's first single is planned for this fall
Mike Robertson, BMI's David Preston, Sherrie Austin, Wrensong's Ree Guyer Buchanan
photos by Beth Gwinn