OZ ARTS NASHVILLE KICKS OFF 2015-16 WITH FILM:MASTERS, THE SIGNATURE PROGRAM OF NEW YORK CITY’S THE MODERN SCHOOL OF FILM (MSF), SEPTEMBER 10-12
MSF Founder Robert Milazzo and OZ Arts Will Host Sandra Bernhard, Tim & Eric and Patrick Carney in Screenings and Discussions of the Films That Have Inspired Their Work
NASHVILLE, TENN. – OZ Arts Nashville is pleased to kick off its 2015-16 season with a unique edition of Film:Masters, the signature live event of New York City’s The Modern School of Film (MSF). On September 10, 11 and 12 respectively, MSF founder Robert Milazzo will host comedian, actress, singer and writer Sandra Bernhard, the comedy duo Tim & Eric, and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys for a screening and discussion of a film that has made a significant impact on their work.
Film:Masters will take place nightly at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm. Tickets—$25 for each evening’s event, or $60 for all three—can be purchased at www.ozartsnashville.org. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville, Tenn.
Robert Milazzo founded The Modern School of Film and the Film:Masters series in 2012, motivated by the absence of live film discussion by the great artists behind landmark films—and by the artists those films have, in turn, inspired. He also realized that, before becoming a successful film director and producer in his own right, he learned so much directly from other artists, especially Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film director David Mamet, Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols, and multiple Academy Award nominee Sidney Lumet, each of whom he had assisted. MSF therefore places a primary emphasis accomplished filmmakers mentoring students, and Film:Masters focuses on the unique value of artists discussing their and others’ work.
Since its launch just a few years ago, the series has featured over 100 cultural luminaries selecting and discussing their favorite films. These guests span a wide range, including musicians Air, Adam Horovitz (The Beastie Boys), Andrew W.K., Feist, Frank Black (The Pixies), Iron & Wine, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Talib Kweli, Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips) and Will Butler (Arcade Fire), Maynard James Keenan (TOOL); comedians Fred Armisen, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and Wyatt Cenac; directors/filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón, Wes Craven, Christopher Guest, Ang Lee, Albert Maysles, DA Pennebaker, Wim Wenders, Gaspar Noë, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Mira Nair, and Gus Van Sant; choreographers Mark Morris and Bill T. Jones; performance artist Marina Abramovic; actors Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Tippi Hedren, Tom Skerritt, Kristin Wiig and Willem Dafoe; and many others. New York Magazine has voted Film:Masters NYC’s “Best Film Outing.”
These in-depth, stimulating screenings and conversations at OZ Arts will provide audiences with deeper insight into both filmmaking craft and the human conditions from which it arises.
Film selections will be announced soon at www.ozartsnashville.org.
About OZ Arts Nashville
As the newest 501(c)3 contemporary arts institution in the Midsouth Region, OZ Arts' particular style of programming has begun to transform the cultural landscape of Nashville. Utilizing the venue's flexibility, OZ Arts presents the work of leading artists from around the world, offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.
OZ Arts also serves as a catalyst for local creativity through a program called TNT (Thursday Night Things). TNT is a quarterly series of unexpected collaborations with Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines. OZ Arts' "blank slate" provides a platform onto which these artists can create, develop and present a one-time-only event that would traditionally not be seen in a visual art gallery or theatre.
OZ Arts is located in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family. Their generosity provided the seed money that breathed new life into the column-free, 10,000 square-foot space nestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.
Since it opened in February 2014, OZ Arts Nashville “has fundamentally changed the creative landscape of Music City” (ArtsNash). Under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, its first two-seasons have brought to the city luminaries such as Philip Glass and Tim Fain, Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang, Peter Brook’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Vijay Iyer, Laurie Anderson, Wayne McGregor’s company Random Dance, ETHEL and BANDALOOP. These programs have consistently played to sold-out audiences and local and national acclaim.