“Artlightenment” Art and Film Festival coming this Thursday – Saturday


“Artlightenment”—the annual multi-media art show and film festival that showcases more than 50 visual artists, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers—will run this Thursday through Saturday at The Celebrity Centre (Old Fall School Building), 1130 8th Ave. South in Nashville, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Created by painter, sculptor, and film producer Robyn Morshead in 2009, this three-day event also features workshops, live music, and a fashion show, making it a vital force in Nashville’s creative community.

This year’s festival will highlight the work of landmark photographer Raeanne Rubenstein, whose work has graced the pages of publication such as People magazine and The New York Times. Rarely seen images of iconic celebrities whose lives scan four decades of American pop culture—including Andy Warhol, John and Yoko, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, and Dustin Hoffman—will be available for viewing throughout the festival. In addition, attendees can hear Ms. Rubenstein speak on the topic “My Life as a Celebrity Photographer” on Friday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, November 16 from 4 – 6 p.m., Greg Simms—award-winning composer, arranger, and producer of music for film, television, and album projects—will be the featured speaker for the two-hour workshop “Film Composing 101: Making Your Movie With Music.” As the composer of the closing theme for Oprah’s first prime-time special, Legends Ball, and the CGI animated film The Lion of Judah, Mr. Simms will discuss his work and host a Q & A session with the audience.

In addition, the festival will feature The MTSU Florence Project, three films produced by well-known documentary filmmaker Tom Neff and shot by student filmmakers from MTSU. The films center on the unlikely cross-cultural exchange between Florence, Italy, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The young MTSU filmmakers traveled to Florence to make these extraordinary films about contemporary Italian artists, their work, and methodology.

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. will be Sherry Carlisle and the Impalers. The band is comprised of veteran touring and session musicians who have played with such notable acts as James Taylor, Cream, and The Jordanaires.

Tickets for this groundbreaking event are $10. Ticket holders have access to all exhibits and workshops, as well as to the film festival and closing-night awards and fashion shows.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



One Response to ““Artlightenment” Art and Film Festival coming this Thursday – Saturday”

  1. Rachelgladstone Says:

    Fab!! Thanks Dude!!

    Sent from my iPhone

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