Livin’ Reel Project
Nashville Film Festival Livin’ Reel Project – now 14 years old – shows teens how to tell their stories, with hands-on experience creating their own films, songs, or music videos. With support from Metro Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Memorial Foundation, the program has been able to operate since 2004.
A small group of teens dedicate after-school hours studying film and using their own experience to write a screenplay or music video. With help from musicians and songwriters, they compose an original song which they later record in a professional studio. By the end of their production weekend, they have a finished song and short film or music video, ready to premier at the next Nashville Film Festival.
This year, the program was supported by Youth Villages. In past years, partners have been: the Oasis Center, the Martha O’Bryan Center at Maple Wood High School, the Preston Taylor Boys & Girls YMCA Club, The Charles Davis Foundation and the Williamson County Alternative Learning Center have participated.