A sneak peek of the documentary For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, will be shown at the Nashville Film Festival on April 23rd. The documentary tells the story of how Nashville became the Music City through the eyes of the musicians, songwriters, producers and artists who live and breathe the inspiration of this unique city. It reflects on the past, present and future of Music City. This will be the first time the 50-minute film, still considered a ‘work in progress,’ will be viewed publicly.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 23rd and will include an acoustic performance by the duo Striking Matches and will end with a post-film Q&A with Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and Executive Producer of the documentary.
“I can’t think of a better place to unveil this project than at home at the Nashville Film Festival,” said Spyridon. “Nashville has been getting a lot of attention lately, which is great, but the creation of this documentary stems from our desire to tell the full story of Nashville and to protect its integrity as a city rich with music history and flourishing with talent and creativity. We want to show the world that we are rooted in authenticity.”
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville provides a personal and captivating account of how Nashville evolved into the world’s Music City. From the 1800’s when the Fisk Jubilee Singers travelled across continents to spread their music, to Cash, Eric Church and The Black Keys recording their hits. Nashville is a special place with a story to tell. This is its story, filled with passion, and rooted in truth and told simply for the love of music.
Artists who have contributed to the film include The Civil Wars, Marty Stuart, Kings of Leon, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Rivers Rutherford, Brett James, Tim Nichols, Duane Eddy, Charlie Daniels, Steve Cropper, Billy Cox, Emmylou Harris, Manuel, Damien Horne, Kellie Pickler, Bill Anderson, Peter Frampton, Ten Out Of Tenn members Gabe Dixon, Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup, Tommy Sims, Ben Folds, Vince Gill, The Black Keys, Eric Church, Michael W. Smith, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride, John McBride, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander and Jeff the Brotherhood.
As a “work in progress” the film will not be entered for competition at the Nashville Film Festival. Once finished, it will be entered in other film festivals, and producers will explore the best resources for distribution.
Credits for For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville include:
Director: Zach Merck
Executive Producers: Butch Spyridon, Dana Locatell and Hugh Broder
Production Company: The Station Media
Created by: Butch Spyridon, Chuck Creasy, Deana Ivey, John Godsey
Creative Direction: The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation and VML, Inc.