You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kinnard creates his own film festival

Retrospective features his pics

David Kinnard is ready for his closeup.

Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared.

The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at a Nashville, Tenn., eatery.

It’s a bold move for a man with just one IMDb credit to his name, but the lifelong performer — a familiar face on “Stubby’s Place,” a Nashville public access show actually drew about 50 fans to Cafe Coco, an old house-turned-restaurant , where he kicked off the night with a couple of songs and some standup before the main program, projected on a pulldown screen in the back room.

“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t familiar with him until last night,” cafe booking manager Carol Jane said the day after the show. “He’s a bit of a character.”

Kinnard spent the ’70s in L.A. squeezing in extras work between jobs as a writer’s assistant and waiting tables. The high point was a few months of crowd work on “Raging Bull,” he says.

Back in Nashville, he’s been trying to get back into acting.

“It was a playwright from New York’s idea,” Kinnard says of his self-promotional effort. “He said this is how they do it in New York. They take their destiny into their own hands.”

More Film

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    China Box Office: 'Kingsman' Dominates With $39 Million Opening

    David Kinnard is ready for his closeup. Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared. The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at […]

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Tops International Box Office With China Debut

    David Kinnard is ready for his closeup. Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared. The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at […]

  • James Toback sexual harassment

    Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

    David Kinnard is ready for his closeup. Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared. The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at […]

  • Robert Hawkins, Variety Rome Correspondent, Dies

    Bob Hawkins, Longtime Variety Journalist in Italy, Dies at 93

    David Kinnard is ready for his closeup. Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared. The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Downbeat Weekend With $21.7 Million

    David Kinnard is ready for his closeup. Rather waiting for Hollywood to come knocking, the Nashville thesp conceived the First Annual Ever (Possibly Never to Be Repeated) David Kinnard Film Festival, a two-hour retrospective featuring shorts and clips from indie movies in which he’s appeared. The event unspooled Feb. 5 far from Hollywood — at […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content