by Jim Ridley
With six days to go before the launch of the 2013 Nashville Film Festival next Thursday at Regal's Green Hills megaplex, the NaFF has already scored its first advance sell-outs. One is Muscle Shoals, a tuneful documentary about the Alabama recording hub that produced some of the 20th century's most lasting music. The other is the doc For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, being shown as a work in progress. Rush tickets may be available the night of the show — though it's doubtful in the case of Muscle Shoals.
NaFF artistic director Brian Owens tells us several others are close, including the opening-night feature Mud, with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, and Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro, a portrait of hit songwriter Desmond Child, his life partner Curtis Shaw, and Angela Whittaker, the birth mother of their twin sons. In addition, we see several others you should probably pounce on: the Sarah Polley doc Stories We Tell; the Sundance favorite The Spectacular Now; the Oscar-nominated adventure Kon-Tiki; the Graveyard Shift features Here Comes the Devil and Pieta; and any of Thursday's opening-night features and programs from local filmmakers, which sold out in nothing flat last year day of show.
Advance tickets are now on sale at the Nashville Film Festival website. We'll have recommendations, spotlights, tips and more information in next Thursday's Scene, and starting Monday we'll also have daily NaFF coverage on Country Life. And if you have questions, feel free to post in the comments thread below.