Belcourt Theatre's nD Festival Celebrates Indie Film, Fashion and Music in Nashville, Now thru 9/30

The Belcourt Theatre presents its 3rd annual nD Festival that includes special events and parties over three days that celebrate independent film, fashion and music, today, Sept. 28-30.

With a focus on local talent and local venues, nD gathers Belcourt’s friends and fans around the city and underscores the theatre’s mission to provide opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. Funds raised from the nD Festival support the Belcourt’s education and engagement programs.

Guests will enjoy inventive and memorable parties and events—a DJ-driven, late-night dance party; a found footage viewing party (think hilarious Internet viral and obscure videos); a Nashville street style fashion show; a stylish Saturday brunch and film; and more—at the Belcourt and at other independent local venues such as Peter Nappi Studio and Third Man Records. At nD Festival’s early Preview Party, Thursday, Sept. 13 at Imogene + Willie, guests will enjoy special selected merchant and artisan shopping, live music, refreshments and more.

The nD Festival chairs are Nan Flynn and Monica Mackie. Honorary chairs are Carrie and Matt Eddmenson of Imogene + Willie. Tickets are available at the Belcourt’s website, www.belcourt.org, for individual events and all-inclusive Patrons Passes. An nD Patrons Pass is $225 or $175 for Belcourt members, which provides FREE admission to all nD events, including the Preview Party and Patrons Party. For those who buy Patrons Passes who are not yet Belcourt members, this pass also provides a Belcourt Cast & Crew membership (a $45 value) with year-round benefits.

“This year’s nD Festival offers guests unforgettable and incredibly fun events that celebrate the independent spirit that is alive and well at the Belcourt and many local businesses,” says Nan Flynn, co-chair of the 2012 nD Festival, along with Monica Mackie. “From the imaginative parties around town to the chic and playful fashion show at the Belcourt, the nD Festival bursts with creative energy and inspiration.”

“The Belcourt is really fortunate to have so many community friends who share their time, talent and financial support with us through the nD Festival,” says Stephanie Silverman, executive director. “The impact this generosity makes has a direct effect on what we’re able to do throughout the year with after-school programs and organizations like the Martha O’Bryan Center and the Oasis Center. We’ve been able to expand our education programs dramatically because of the nD Festival over the past two years, and this year’s nD will only help us grow and enhance that work.”

The nD Festival culminates with the Fashion Show & Auction, Sunday evening, Sept. 30. With a united effort from some of Nashville’s most talented stylists, designers and local boutiques, the Belcourt will serve up an entertaining and one-of-a-kind fashion show that showcases Nashville street style. The party will feature cocktails, supper and mingling as well as an incredible silent auction featuring hundreds of items representing the best of indie Nashville.

nD Festival Schedule

Patrons Party

Friday, Sept. 28, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Peter Nappi Studio, 1308 Adams Street, valet parking available

nD patrons and sponsors will enjoy cocktails, mingling and music at the beautiful Peter Nappi Studio, overlooking the Cumberland. Assorted refreshments provided by MStreet. Admission is for nD Patrons Pass holders and sponsors only.

The Belcourt Biscuit Boogie

Friday, Sept. 28, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue

A late-night dance party at the Belcourt Theatre will feature dancing onstage to the music of DJs William Tyler of The Stone Fox and Ben Swank of Third Man Records. $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass

Mimosas, Marys & a Movie

Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue

Brunch, mimosas and Bloody Marys at the Belcourt Theatre, followed by a fashion-inspired film at Noon $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass

Found Footage Party

Saturday, Sept. 29, 7 to 9 p.m.

Location: Third Man Records, 623 7th Avenue South

Special selections of projected “found footage”—i.e. viral, unexpected, hilarious—with fresh popcorn, snacks and beverages $25/$20 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass

nD Fashion Show & Auction

Sunday, Sept. 30, 5 to 9 p.m.

Location: Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue

At 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for patrons and sponsors), guests will enjoy cocktails, supper and a chance to bid on hundreds of nD auction items representing the best of indie Nashville. At 7:30 p.m., nD fashion hits the Belcourt runway, featuring Nashville street style and backed by musical talent from Third Man Records, live on stage. $100/$75 Belcourt members; free with nD Patrons Pass

nD Festival Chairs and Hosts

Chairs: Nan Flynn and Monica Mackie

Honorary Chairs: Carrie and Matt Eddmenson

nD Preview Party Chairs: Becca Brinkley, Matt and Greta Springer, Shelly and Jeff Colvin

nD Preview Party Hosts: Imogene + Willie

nD Patrons Party Chairs: Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman

nD Patrons Party Hosts: Dana and Phillip Nappi

nD Belcourt Biscuit Boogie Chairs: Sarah Souther, Erin McAnally, Jessica Cheatham, Otis James, Andy Mumma and Elise Yetton

nD Found Footage Chairs: Matt Eddmenson and Erin McAnally

nD Found Footage Hosts: Third Man Records

nD Fashion Show & Auction Chairs: Marcia Masulla, Carrie Hunter and Chris LaBorde

The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community while serving as a regular and important home for independent voices in music and theatre. Housed in Nashville’s only historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt Theatre provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film, music and theatre.

Opening in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-36. Since the re-opening of the theatre in 1999 more than 650,000 people from Middle Tennessee have come here to see nearly 1,000 films from every corner of the globe, musicians both long established and newly emerging, and theatre from some of Nashville’s most creative and imaginative artists. The Belcourt Theatre is located at 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville, Tenn. For more information, call 615-383-9140 or visit www.belcourt.org.



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