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Nashville Film Festival

Nashville Film Festival
In honor of the 30th annual Nashville Independent Film Festival, the Nashville Scene takes a look at the festival and the city's film industry.

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Volume II, Issue 50
June 7 - June 14, 1999

News & Opinion

A "script for Oliver Stone's next movie" is how an attorney characterizes charges that his client murdered famous atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair to steal $600,000 from her organization. Small re-enactments for the Civil War centennial have evolved into large-scale military reproductions, as re-enacting grows in popularity. Republican Lamar Alexander wants to finish in the top of the pack in next February's primary races, and then, he says hopefully, "the money will roll in." Plus, Walter Jowers doesn't believe that "good fences make good neighbors," and more.

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Film & TV

How many places have a film festival that's been around 30 years? Our Nashville Film Festival coverage this week includes background, a chat, a profile, and some tips. Recent films about virtual reality echo themes that have been around. While "nice" movies everywhere at Cannes this year, edgy works still won the prizes. Also, interviews with a director and an actor, a bunch of movie reviews and lots of TV stuff.

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Bluegrass music sounds older than the hills, but it originated in the early Forties, in the music of Bill Monroe and his band. The Internet is changing the way we select, buy, and listen to music. Ani DiFranco is an songwriter and performer, bubt she's also a maverick entrepreneur. Mary Chapin Carpenter still has a chance on the country music charts. Also, "Ellington at Newport" again, Public Enemy, and more.

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Reading is an exercise that's appropriate for the summer, and the Austin Chronicle has some warm-weather suggestions. Few people know Chechnya or Fred Cuny, but an interview with Cuny's biographer explains the connection. Gottfried Wagner has spent much of his life overcoming the troubling legacy of his great-grandfather, Richard Wagner. Also, Nabokov's memoirs, Russian poetry, and more.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, Eye of the Beholder, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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