There were some films that played the 2009 Nashville Film Festival that we all knew were moving on to theatrical release: (500 Days of Summer), Big Man Japan, and I'm Gonna Explode to name a few.
But nearly all the competition films were accepted with no distribution deal in hand. Since then, quite a few have made their way into theaters or are getting ready to.
Both Weather Girl and Pressure Cooker had picked up deals between acceptance and screening at the fest and have since made their way to the big screen (Pressure Cooker has already played again in Nashville). No word yet if Weather Girl will arrive in town before its television debut on Lifetime later this year.
Since then, several others have been announced.
This Friday, We Live in Public begins a national tour at the IFC Theater in New York.
Later, narrative competition entries Afterschool (distributed by IFC) and Kisses will make their public debuts.
Here's the complete list of films to get US theatrical or TV (these are marked TV or VOD) distribution deals since the festival.
The Baby Formula Kisses Mothers & Daughters (IFC Festival Direct VOD) The Narrows Weather Girl
Ask Not (PBS - TV) Crude Garbage Dreams Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes (PBS - TV) Living in Emergency Pressure Cooker An Unlikely Weapon We Live in Public
Music Films / Music City:
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop Rock Prophecies Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love
That's a total of 16 films that have gone onto some form of national release!
So, if you missed these films, there are more chances to check them out.
I had the good fortune of taking my first film class in 1989 - the same year a local theater began playing "arthouse" cinema. So, as I fell in love with film, I was able to see "sex, lies, & videotape", "Do the Right Thing", "Drugstore Cowboy", and "Roger & Me" in the local cinema. My life was changed forever.