Nashville Film Festival highlights

Celebrities, panels populate schedule

This year, there are more screens, albeit at the same multiplex, but it’s nice to have everything in the same place — including the VIP tent, with its many receptions, right outside. …

“William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet,” about the Milwaukee Ballet’s attempt to choreograph Shatner’s “Has Been” album, world preems at the fest. Shatner, musicians Ben Folds and Brad Paisley, as well as the ballet’s director, Margo Sappington, are set to attend. …

Hal Holbrook and Elizabeth Ashley hit the red carpet for “That Evening Sun” along with co-stars Walton Goggins, Ray McKinnon and Barry Corbin. …

“Terminator” and “Incredible Hulk” producer Gale Anne Hurd gets chatty for “A Conversation With Gale Anne Hurd.” Talks are also set with “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” producer Debra Martin Chase and former NEA head Bill Ivey. …

Music Films/Music City sidebar includes screenings of “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison,” “The Heart Is a Drum Machine” and “Rock Prophecies.” … Texas guitar hero Tyler Bryant headlines the “Rock Prophecies” party. … Local legends the Long Players perform the entire soundtrack of “Easy Rider” after the film’s screening on closing night. Pic, not coincidentally like the fest, is also blowing out 40 candles this year.

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