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ARTlightenment: Film and Art Festival in Nashville

Presented by at Celebrity Centre of Nashville

November 10 - November 13, 2011


ARTlightenment: Film and Art Festival in Nashville

ARTlightenment is an annual event created by Robyn Morshead in 2009 and hosted by The Church of Scientology and Celebrity Center in Nashville TN. It was created to help and showcase visual artists, painters and sculptors and incorporated workshops to help artists with the business of being artists. The idea of the event is to elevate the artist and thus elevate the culture.

Artlightenment this year has introduced a Film Festival to help promote filmmakers in our community. The idea is to have a Festival of visual artists, filmmakers, photographers and other artists with local and national mentors helping the artists and boosting their careers.  The general public are invited to attend the Art show on Sat Nov 12 and Sun Nov 13 and there will be a free painting class that both adults and children can attend. There will be ongoing showings of the Festival films for free during this time.

In addition anyone can purchase a 4 day ticket for paid events for $10. The ticket gives access to the Official Film Festival showing on the big screen on Thursday Nov 10 and Friday Nov 11, and five workshops relating to art and film. Artists and filmmakers who aren't participating in the show or festival and people interested in the arts and independent film will really enjoy these.

The final workshop by Pomm Hepner which will incorporate practical skills practiced in class will be very valuable to all artists. Tickets to this are $25.

Raeanne Rubenstein, Pamela Roberts, and Rob Lindsay will join more than 20 fellow filmmakers for the screening of original films during "ARTlightenment"

Nashville filmmaker Raeanne Rubenstein will introduce her two films at 7 p.m. Friday by sharing insights from the things she's learned as a celebrity photographer in New York and an accomplished filmmaker in Middle Tennessee. Her first scripted feature short, "Berniece and Norma Jeane", shows 12-year-old Norma Jeane Baker receiving a surprising letter from the sister she never knew she had. The drama unfolds when Norma Jeane moves to Hollywood and becomes Marilyn Monroe. Her second film, "Tree Fall Down", offers a hilarious look at what happens after a tree falls on Rubenstein's house.

Atlanta filmmaker Pamela Roberts will present "Margaret Mitchell American Rebel," a film that shows how the author changed the world with her only book, "Gone With The Wind". A film tour coincides with the 75th anniversary of the book's publication.

Erik Hollander and Rob Lindsay of Nashville will screen “Alius Primorus”, an award winning film about a father’s journey into the last moments of his son’s life that changes his own forever.

Other films and filmmakers are

“THE IMPORTANT THINGS” | Driven by a tragic secret, documentarian Peter Hollister tries to make amends with
all the people he's wronged in his life. His persistence will bring loved ones
together for one last time. (12 minutes 43 seconds)

William M. Akers Director and writer
Mark Cabus Writer and Andrew McCormick Producer

“COME UNTO ME: THE FACES OF TYREE GUYTON" | A portrait of an artist who transforms his blighted inner city Detroit neighborhood using thousands of gallons of paint and a cacophony of castaway objects.(30 min)
Nicole Cattell, Producer/Director, New York
John Jones, Co-producer, Nashville

“DAVE TOURJE`, 'L.A. ABORIGINAL'” Short Documentary | Film about Los Angeles Fine Artist Dave Tourje`.
Directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir of
Los Angeles

“MORLEY 'UNDIVIDED'” Short Documentary | Film about a New York Singer/Songwriter.
Directors Bayou Bennett and Daniel Lir of
Los Angeles

“FROM FIRE: An Odyssey of Glass” |  This visually arresting film takes you on a spiritual journey with Marlene Rose  as she materializes her artistic expression. With this personal glimpse into the beauties and dangers facing one of the world's foremost female cast glass artists, we explore the unusual technique as it unfolds. (12 minutes)
Karen Lavender Producer and Director

“FOOTPRINTS OF THEIR THOUGHTS” | Dan Deming, a self-proclaimed hillbilly who, before becoming a full-time artist, crisscrossed the USA doing every job imaginable whether it was being a bouncer in a club, working tugboats, driving dump trucks or delivering false teeth. (6 minutes)
Robyn Morshead Producer
Karen Lavender Director

“NON SEQUITUR” | Several people are inexplicably drawn to a convenience store in an otherwise ordinary suburban neighborhood in this tale of unrequited love, homeless people and irritable bowel syndrome. There are times in life when everything seems to align and everything makes sense and all is right with the world. This is NOT one of those times. (15 minutes)
Karen Lavender Producer
Gary Ravenscroft Director
Los Angeles

"PAINT YOUR EVENT" |  A Film about Live Painter Heidi Schwartz
Robyn Morshead Producer/Director

“WHAT KIND OF PLANET ARE WE ON?” | An alien applies for social security benefits. What she gets leaves her wondering... what kind of planet she is on.
Director: Varda Hardy
Writers: Varda Hardy, Taylor Negron
Producers: Jamie Bullock, Karen Lavender
Santa Monica, Calif.

“BIG VOICE” | A visionary choir director ignites passion and determination in his students.
Executive Producer: Varda Hardy, Writer/Director: Varda Hardy
Producers: Marina Viscun, Deb Love, Karen Lavender
Associate Producer: Carol Coote A LiveTribe Production
Santa Monica Malibu Education is a beneficiary of BIG VOICE.
Santa Monica, Calif.

“AUSTIN’S ANGELS” | High Society Auction goes wrong featuring Austin Pacino.
Sal Rinella and Mike Sydenstricker Producers/Directors

"SYLVIA HYMAN: FICTIONAL CLAY" | As a master of “Trompe L'oeil clay,” Sylvia Hyman's sculptures inspire both disorientation and delight when viewers realize that everyday objects that appear to be made of wood, cardboard and paper are actually superbly realized
simulations made of clay. (10 minutes and 42 seconds)
Curt Hahn Producer and Director
Curt Hahn and Ron Routson Executive Producers

Visual, performance and documentary artist Hailey Lowe has cast 16 salt licks in the shape of vintage typewriters and placed them in nature.
Hailey Lowe Director/Producer

Baxter's End Productions. Written and directed by Daniel Guyton. Produced by
Jeremy Riegel. Director of Photography Eric Haviv. Edited by Brandon Morris.
Starring Jeremy Riegel and Matthew Anthony Pino (6.5 minutes)

“KID” | A heartwarming story about the adventures of a kid. (14 minutes)
Directed by Ron Pereira
San Francisco

“ELIZABETH” | A fairy tale about a Hero looking for his lost love.
Christian Wick Producer/Director (Watkins)

“A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND” | A grandmother and her family take a wrong turn while traveling on vacation.
Directed & Produced by K. Davis Jackson & Danny Brooks Dalby
Starring: Judy Jackson & Michael Carter

Celebrity Centre of Nashville

1130 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203

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General Day and Time Info:

Saturday 6:00pm-10:00pm artist reception 

Thursday-Friday 6:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm


Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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