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Nashville: The Next Hollywood?

Posted on: November 18th, 2012 by grandave No Comments

describe the imageI had the pleasure of attending a Film-Com networking event this past Wednesday evening held at the top of the famed Batman Building downtown.

Film-Com is a nonprofit organization that is managed by Nashville local founder and chairman Andy Van Roon. It serves individuals and businesses involved or interested in film and television in Nashville and around the state.

Every year they hold a week-long event for filmmakers hoping to secure completion funds for their projects and reach an audience.  They’ve been holding meetings at several locations downtown (Pinnacle Tower, Hilton, Schermerhorn) where conference goers have participated in seminars covering faith in film, television projects, guidance for independent filmmakers, financing and also special screening presentations for filmmakers looking to get a project produced.

This event aims to build on the creative vibe already present in Nashville and bringing big names into town means will help us add more to our economy by giving us a new revenue stream.  The film business!

Pretty cool, huh?  You’re likely thinking, “Yeah, pretty cool. Why on earth were you there Julie?”  Good question!  Simply put – Grand Avenue wants to support and grow the economy in Nashville.  We want to show the community that we’re behind them 100% and we firmly believe that Film-Com is helping create a much needed new industry in town that everyone can support.  So – this week we’ve offered to drive everyone around – from departure to destination – on our own dime.

That’s how much we care about you, Nashville!

The event was cool.  Good food, live music (of course!) and lots of people trying to figure out who the big shots were so they could cozy up to them.  It had a friendly ambiance – a no pressure good time to meet and greet.  Even Mayor Karl Dean was on hand to say thanks to the patrons, to Andy van Roon and to remind all attendees to “spend lots of money!”

I hear the event is supposed to be even better next year.  Given the impressive list of attendees this year – Michael Uslan, executive producer of the Batman franchise from the 1989 Tim Burton version to next year’s globally anticipated The Dark Knight Rises to name one biggie – I can only imagine who will be on the list.  I vote for Ivan Reitman (loved Old School and EuroTrip).

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