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Do you love good independent films and, like me, wonder why you have to go all the way to The Belcourt or Green Hills to see them?
Well, here’s something you’re gonna love!
Grab a sitter, money for popcorn and get ready to head to Carmike Cinemas Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin for the Independent Film Festival March 2 through April 11.
One film will be featured each of the 6 weeks of the film festival and all movies are only $5.
Funky and a bargain! Maybe if we wish hard enough they’ll do a combo snack special just for the festival! (Okay, it doesn’t hurt to wish!)
I’ll Be There!
I’m particularly looking forward to seeing The One Lamb, winner of the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival’s Best Faith Based Film, and Best Parable Film at the Saboath Film Festival in Milan Italy.
The film was made possible through the efforts of a cast and crew of volunteers and is the story of a broken and ailing man who seeks redemption and healing. The filmmakers have described it as a film that will get audiences cheering in their seats.
Don’t know about you, but I could really go for a movie like that! Maybe I’ll see you there!
The Independent Film Festival will be featuring the following movies:
March 2-5 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; March 7 at 12:00 p.m.
With the plug about to be pulled on his late night talk show after a 15-year run, and his wife engaged in a steamy affair with a pro baseball star, host Jack West is desperate – to keep aflame his fading celebrity, and avenge the misdeeds of his adulterous spouse. With the clock ticking, Jack concocts the mother of all media stunts, killing 2 birds with one unforgettable stone on the road to redemption. The scheme entangles an eclectic collection of colorful locals navigating their way through unpredictable twists and turns. A plump private eye teams with a macabre webmistress to investigate the strange disappearance of a dead body. A glassy-eyed cheddar head falls prey to a phony get-rich-quick guru. Imperiled actors embark on a quest for a fresh corpse. Cops in costume, a peculiar special effects make-up team, porn stars with dreams of stardom, a Jewish drug lord with very large brothers. Russian mobsters and others converge in this unique roller-coaster ride of comedy. Mystery, murder and mayhem viewed through the underbelly of modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.
March 9-12 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; March 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Richard Harrison has a loving wife, a reliable job and two typically rambunctious teenagers. He is currently experiencing a crisis — a midlife crisis. He’s hit the big 4-0 and his life has drastically changed. While every midlife working stiff descends into daydreams in order to escape their mundane reality, Richard doesn’t merely scratch the surface of his fantasies. He physically enters them, for moments at a time, until he’s forced to snap back into reality with hilarious results. Whether living a dream as a professional wrestler, or, performing with the endorsed Aerosmith tribute band, Draw the Line, to a crowd of thousands, he often finds that he’s made a fool of himself in reality. It’s clearly evident that Richard has a problem; a problem that needs to be solved in order to regain the trust of his loving family. Sara, a psychologist, helps Richard trace the source of his problems, which began on a family trip to an amusement park on his 40th birthday. It was here that he revisited memories of a lover from his younger and more formative years possibly sparking his need for escape. One commonality that exists within all of his fantasies is the appearance of a mysterious blonde-haired beauty who may hold the key that unlocks the mysteries of midlife.
March 16-19 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; March 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Jerry owns the dream business; a big office, flexible hours and a beautiful secretary, but it ain’t no 9 to 5. Jerry specializes in helping women regain their self esteem after being dumped by their boyfriends by employing the art of the obsessive stalking hopeless romantic. One week of being showered with Jerry’s restraining order inducing love and you’ll forget about your ex faster than you can buy over-the-counter pepper spray. But when Ted, a former business partner, asks Jerry to help rid him of his ex-girlfriend’s constant pestering, the tables get turned. Ted’s ex, Tina, is a fiery redhead that proves to be more than Jerry can handle when she falls in love with him and does some stalking of her own.
March 23-26 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; March 28 at 12:00 p.m.
No synopsis available at this time.
March 30-April 2 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; April 4 at 12:00 p.m.
In the dead of night, lying across the steps of an altar in an abandoned church, a man lies broken and confused. How could he have fallen so far? Just days before, he was a power broker, a young, hot campaign manager for a candidate for the U.S. Senate. His picture graced the covers of national magazines touting him as the new "Golden Boy" of American politics. And his future was shining bright. Now, alone in this unfamiliar place, everything he once had is lost. Crying out into the darkness for help, the voice of a stranger answers "I’m going to help you my son" … Jackson Price awakens to find himself in a hospital bed. Here, at the bottom of his fall from grace is where he will learn he has cancer. And he is going to have to fight to save his life. Alone and facing an uncertain future, Price seeks out the stranger who answered his cry in the darkness. In a small town deep in the country, far away from the fast paced life he once lived in the big city. Price will find Earl. Earl enjoys the simple life of the country. He delights in taking long afternoon naps. He enjoys sitting in his rocking chair on the front porch sipping cold glasses of sweetened iced tea and this stubborn, retir
ed black preacher and the young city boy will become fast friends. Earl cares for Jack as he battles the cancer trying to take his life. And, he helps Jackson to realize he is going to have to abandon everything he understands and learn to trust in something much bigger than himself. Ultimately, for Jackson to save his life, he is going to have to surrender it. Jackson learns that he is losing his fight with cancer. In a race against time, Earl will lead him to the One who has the power to give him new life. Turning from his selfish ways of the past, Jackson forgoes any further treatment and attempts to run a marathon to inspire thousands of others to have hope and to never give up. Audiences will stand up and cheer at this inspirational story of courage and faith. Come along on this incredible journey as Price races against time and his past to reach the finish line where he will find the One who will set him free … the One who will give him new life.
The Lone Stag
April 6-9 at 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.; April 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Ten men come together inside a big, empty house for a bachelor party. Party favors include drugs, liquor, two strippers, and their handler. After an accident kills one of the girls, the men desperately try to escape the consequences, creating a situation that’s irredeemably worse. This is a group of very good actors, led by Mario Van Peebles. The lone character with moral courage is well played by Kevin Dillon. Also noteworthy: Andrew McCarthy playing an uncharacteristically evil role, and the great Jerry Stiller as the vulnerable neighbor.
Carmike Cinemas Thoroughbred 20
633 Frazier Drive
Franklin, TN 37065
I’m a native Nashvillian, and I’ve lived in Franklin for over 10 years. I have lived many other places and find that Franklin is the place that I truly love. It’s like living in Mayberry! I’m excited to have this new opportunity to share my experiences in this town with you.