The Franklin Theatre to Host Regional Premiere of ‘Mysterious Circumstance: The Death of Meriwether Lewis’ Starring John Schneider and Evan Williams
The film, set on the Natchez Trace, follows the events surrounding the death of the famed American explorer & will feature Q & A with Director & Actor
A story of the allegedly unresolved 1809 demise of a national hero, Mysterious Circumstance, directed by Clark Richey, sheds light on Meriwether Lewis’s death by gunshot on the Natchez Trace, an isolated frontier road connecting Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi. The film explores if the famed explorer committed suicide as history reports or was his end far more sinister?
In the film, entangled versions of Lewis’s tragic ending at a remote Tennessee inn are imagined by his friend Alexander Wilson (Billy Slaughter, Mindhunter) during a tense encounter with Priscilla Grinder (Gousset, The Card Counter) – the only witness to Lewis’s final night alive. The historical thriller brings together an award-winning cast and crew that includes Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard), Sonny Marinelli (Entourage) and Evan Williams (Versailles) as Lewis.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to premiere Mysterious Circumstance, at the historic Franklin Theatre,” said Eric Dilts, Managing Director of The Franklin Theatre. “Set just southwest of Franklin, this film is an opportunity for us to shine a light on the rich, and sometimes complicated, history of Middle Tennessee.”
In addition to the screening of Mysterious Circumstance, the evening will include brief remarks before the film and a Q & A with writer & director Clark Richey and Amye Gousset, lead actress & producer immediately following.
Tickets and more information can be found at www.franklintheatre.com/mysterious-circumstance/. Tickets are also available by calling 615-538-2076, or visiting the box office at 419 Main Street, Franklin, TN.
Republic Bank partners with The Franklin Theatre for its 2022 Holiday Movie Lineup
Fan favorites, like White Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,
return to The Historic Franklin Theatre and go on sale this Friday.
We are excited to announce Republic Bank as the presenting sponsor for its holiday movie screenings throughout December. As part of their month-long “Christmas in July” promotion, all holiday movies will go on sale Friday, July 22 at 11:00 AM.
“Holiday movies at The Franklin Theatre have become a staple for many families in middle Tennessee,” said The Franklin Theatre’s Managing Director, Eric Dilts. “Our 2022 lineup is sure to excite all audiences with the beloved classics and fan-favorites. These holiday screenings often sell out, so everyone is encouraged to make their holiday viewing plans now if they can. Also, as a corporate partner that is helping keep this tradition alive, we’re thrilled to have Republic Bank work with us this year to bring these cherished movies to our historic theatre”.
“Republic Bank, for over 40 years, has really strived to be a community partner in all the markets that we serve. The Franklin Theatre, to us, is a treasure here. Not only for the historical aspect, but for the entertainment value that it brings,” said Chad Hart, Tennessee Market President for Republic Bank. “It’s become a time-honored tradition for many families in Williamson County to enjoy some of the holiday shows, and we’re excited to be part of it this year.”
As an added benefit, patrons that purchase any “Christmas in July” movie or live show will be entered to win a Franklin Theatre prize package that includes Franklin Theatre Merchandise, concessions and (non-holiday) movie vouchers, and a $100 Franklin Theatre gift card.
The “Christmas in July” movie lineup will include:
- THE LAST HOLIDAY; December 6th, 2022
- ELF; December 10th, 2022
- THIS CHRISTMAS; December 12th, 2022
- A CHRISTMAS STORY; December 13th, 2022
- NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION; December 18th & 19th, 2022
- HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS; December 19th, 2022
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE; December 20th, 22nd, & 23rd, 2022
- THE POLAR EXPRESS; December 21st & 22nd, 2022
- WHITE CHRISTMAS; December 22nd, 2022
Additional showings may be added throughout the season. Complete dates, showtimes and tickets can be found at https://www.franklintheatre.com/christmas-in-july/.
The Franklin Theatre Partners with Atmos Energy for “Summer Pay What You Can” Movie Screenings
Atmos Energy will serve as the Presenting Sponsor for this series, running July 13-17
FRANKLIN, TN (July 6, 2022) – The Franklin Theatre is pleased to announce Atmos Energy as the presenting sponsor for its “Summer Pay What You Can” movie screenings to be held July 13th to July 17th.
These screenings are a way for Williamson County residents and visitors to engage with the historic theatre at a low cost while supporting the theatre’s mission and vision.
“We’re excited to invite the public into our beautiful theatre for a week of Pay What You Can movies,” said Eric Dilts, Managing Director of The Franklin Theatre. “Partnering with organizations like Atmos Energy gives us the ability to offer more low- and no-cost programming to our community. We can’t thank Atmos enough for their support.”
“Through our Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities program, we believe in making a difference in the communities we serve by partnering with vital organizations like The Franklin Theatre,” said Christina Christiansen, Atmos Energy manager of public affairs. “The Franklin Theatre is committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to experience the arts. When we work together, we multiply the impact for our neighbors.”
The Summer Pay What You Can lineup will include “The Bad Guys,” “Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledor,” “Sonic The Hedgehog 2,” “The Lost City,” and “The Northman.” A total of 8 matinee and evening screenings will be held during the July 13-17 Pay What You Can series.
Complete dates and showtimes can be found at www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/movies/. The recommended donation is the normal movie ticket price of $10, but any level of donation will be welcomed during this week.
Learn more about Atmos Energy at www.atmosenergy.com.
Nashville Film Festival chooses Franklin Theatre for Regional Expansion
Nashville Film Festival Announces 53rd Annual Event,
Hosted at Iconic Nashville-Area Venues and Featuring New Programming Initiatives
The historic Franklin Theatre will host festival screenings Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.
The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) today announces plans for the organization’s 53rd annual event, a week-long celebration of film, music and culture presented in-person at Nashville’s premiere arts venues and virtually through streaming film screenings and panels, September 29 through October 5, 2022. This year, the Nashville Film Festival will present more than 150 film screenings, a selection of post-film Q&As and in-depth discussions, and a live in-person Pitch session hosted at United Talent Agency in Nashville. Additionally, the organization announces the launch of FLIX (Film-Led Interactive eXchanges), a screening program that brings festival official selections directly to Metro Nashville Public School students.
Celebrating innovation, music and the many visions of the human spirit through the art of film, each year the Nashville Film Festival discovers, elevates and honors filmmakers, screenwriters and musicians from Tennessee and around the world while engaging, connecting and strengthening the Nashville community. With events slated to take place at the historic Belcourt Theater and the Andrew Johnson Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the festival expands to the greater Nashville area this year with satellite partner venue The Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN.
2022 Festival screenings and events will be held as follows:
- The Belcourt Theater (2012 Belcourt Ave. – Nashville, TN) – Home to silent movies when it opened in 1925, then the Grand Ole Opry and more, the historical Belcourt Theater will host the Nashville Film Festival Opening Night presentation of The Return of Tanya Tucker on Wednesday, September 29, as well as screenings on Tuesday, October 4 and Closing Night on Wednesday, October 5.
- TPAC Andrew Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St. – Nashville, TN) – The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center®, located in the Arts District of downtown Nashville, is dedicated to providing and supporting the presentation of the performing and cultural arts. TPAC’s Andrew Johnson Theater will host festival screenings Friday, September 30 through Monday October 3.
- The Franklin Theatre (419 Main St. – Franklin, TN 37064) – Dating back to the 1930s, The Franklin Theatre has been known for its diverse performing arts and philanthropic engagement in Middle Tennessee. The historic Franklin Theatre will host festival screenings Friday, September 30 through Sunday, October 2.
“As one of the country’s longest running film festivals in some of the most important and historic Nashville-area venues, we are proud to present an unforgettable experience with diverse stories from some of the world’s most talented filmmakers, screenwriters and music makers,” said NashFilm Executive Director Jason Padgitt. “We are delighted to deliver the best in the art of film, music and culture to the Nashville community.”
“I’m beyond thrilled that we are piloting FLIX this year, our screening program for students,” said Director of Programming Lauren Ponto. “Including Metro Nashville Public School students in our celebration of film is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers from around the world to connect directly with MNPS students while promoting media literacy and cross-cultural understanding to young audiences.”
The full slate of films and programs selected for the 53rd Nashville Film Festival will be announced in August.
Beyond the traditional film festival, which is slated to feature 125 feature-length and short films across every genre, NashFilm will again host events and programs that highlight the many aspects of filmmaking, including: a Screenwriting Competition (September 30-October 6); a Music Supervisors Program (virtual panels, workshops and more, September 29-October 1); the Creators Conference (film industry panels and conversations, September 30 – October -2); and live music performances and new artist showcases throughout the week.
VIP Badges are now on sale for the Nashville Film Festival. For more information and to purchase passes, visit www.nashvillefilmfestival.org.
For information on Film Festival showings and events at The Franklin Theatre, visit www.franklintheatre.com/nashville-film-festival-2022/ .
The Franklin Theatre Premieres ‘Elvis’ to Packed House
On June 22nd, 2022, The Franklin Theatre hosted the Middle Tennessee premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” to a full house of local celebrities, actors, musicians, and theatre donors. The Warner Bros. Pictures film, which premiered on June 24th, explores the relationship between Elvis (played by Austin Butler) and his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks).
Among those in attendance were Nashville-based music producer and composer Shannon Sanders, The McCrary Sisters, and two of Elvis’ former bandmates, Tony Brown and Larry Strickland. Sanders moderated a short panel with Brown and Strickland who shared memories and insights from their time working with Elvis.
Sanders, who plays a pentecostal pastor in the film, surprised the crowd with a video call from director “Baz Luhrmann.” Luhrmann thanked everyone for their attendance and support and signed off by leading a chant of “it’s time to take care of business!”
This event served as both a film premiere and a fundraiser for the non-profit The Franklin Theatre. Events like this help us further our mission of providing world-class performing arts experiences to diverse Williamson County residents and visitors. We’d like to thank our staff for their hard work in producing this high-quality event, our advisory board for their continued leadership and oversight, our 1937 Society members, our Franklin Theatre donors, and all who attended on Wednesday. Special thanks to our in-kind event partners Cromwell Media, 102.1 The Ville, Menu Maker Catering, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Curio Brewing Company, and Bite Club Baked Goods.
The Franklin Theatre ‘Elvis’ Premiere Press Coverage:
The Franklin Theatre Launches Phased Reopening for 2021
Beginning with small, private rental events, theater now looking to bring back live entertainment, movies and hybrid live-streamed shows that conform to current COVID restrictions
FRANKLIN, TN (March 10, 2020) – After going dark to public performances last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, parent organization of The Franklin Theatre, is excited to announce the theater’s phased reopening plan for 2021.
Currently the theater is open for private rentals, including Monday nights through April where another local non-profit, Studio Tenn, is hosting its popular virtual talk show: Studio Tenn Talks: Conversations with Patrick Cassidy. In addition, as part of its mission to be a platform for local philanthropy, The Franklin Theatre is currently working in partnership with local video production companies and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) to provide an opportunity for non-profits to film affordable promotional videos to support their participation in The Big Payback, CFMT’s annual 24-hour giving event that kicks off on Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.
The current reopening plan, which will be modified as needed based on any future COVID-related restrictions, will bring back limited-capacity weekend movies, limited-capacity plus livestream performances through June. Until the state guidelines indicate otherwise, the theater’s capacity is approximately 75 guests, which accounts for adequate social distancing.
Beginning in July, the theater will begin presenting movies and live performances with increasing regularity and possible increased capacity. The Franklin Theatre will continue to follow the governor’s Tennessee Pledge and CDC guidelines and update reopening plans as needed.
The theater’s box office will reopen with limited hours beginning on Friday, March 12, in time for Sandi Patty’s ticket on-sale date. The box office’s limited hours will run through April and will be 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to new shows going on sale over the next several weeks, many 2021-2022 shows are currently on sale.
- Sandi Patty (Limited Capacity & Livestream) – Saturday, May 8 | 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
- Deborah Allen (Limited Capacity & Livestream) – Saturday, June 5 | 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. – ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 2
- The Isaacs – Friday, July 9 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- James Gregory – Saturday, July 10 | 8 p.m. – ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 2
- Jeff Allen – Thursday, July 15 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- Larry Carlton – Saturday, July 17 | 8 p.m. – ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 9
- Farewell Angelina – Thursday, July 29 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- John Ford Coley, Billy Dean & Tom Wurth – Backgrounds and Bridges Acoustic Tour – Thursday, August 5 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- Allie Colleen – Friday, August 6 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- Henry Cho – Saturday, August 14 | 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – Thursday, August 19 & Friday, August 20 | 8 p.m. – ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 16
- David Wilcox – Saturday, August 21 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
- BJ Thomas – Friday, August 27 & Saturday, August 28 | 8 p.m. – CURRENTLY ON SALE
“We are emerging from an incredibly challenging season for The Franklin Theatre,” said Heritage Foundation COO Meg Hershey. “While we had to temporarily close the doors to public events, we are diligently working behind the scenes to reschedule some of the amazing programming that was planned for last year. We couldn’t be more excited about getting this cherished venue back open to continue its mission, bringing inspiring arts and entertainment experiences to our community.”
Hershey went on to say that surviving an unprecedented season which left the theater with very few options for programming has been nothing short of challenging.
“This theater has been sustained by the community’s embrace of underwritten marquee messages, limited small group private rental events and through the commitment of corporate sponsors and donors of the nonprofit Heritage Foundation and its division The Franklin Theatre,” she said.
The Heritage Foundation is also making plans for a 10th anniversary celebration later this year to commemorate 10 years since the theater’s restoration and grand re-opening.
Rent The Franklin Theatre for Private Movies & Valentine’s Date Night
PRIVATE MOVIE PARTIES
The Franklin Theatre is working to honor our tradition as a beloved, local movie house by offering small, private movie parties for families and close friends.
AVAILABLE FOR JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 14
If you don’t see your preferred date listed as an option, please reach out to Meg Hershey (mhershey@williamsonheritage.
NOTE: These events will follow masking and social distancing guidelines. See our COVID-19 Policies for more information.
- $500 for up to 10 people (2.5 hours)
- $1,500 for up to 20 people (includes Security and COVID-19 Compliance Officer) (2.5 hours)
- Access to the Theatre lobby, auditorium and clean restrooms
- Screening of a movie (no new releases – see provided Franklin Theatre Movie List)
- Pre- and post-event COVID-19-rated cleaning
Included at an additional cost:
- Limited concession and bar offerings, paid for by the party host or guests (popcorn, candy, soda, water, beer and wine)
Enjoy a romantic evening at The Franklin Theatre in celebration of Valentine’s Day 2021. Come with only your significant other or make it a double date! Enjoy a movie screening, an elegant table-scape in the cabaret section of the Theatre, a four-course dinner, and more.
If you have any questions prior to booking, please contact Meg Hershey (mhershey@williamsonheritage.
NOTE: These events will follow masking and social distancing guidelines. See our COVID-19 Policies for more information.
- $750 for two (2) people (up to 3 hours)
- $1,250 for four (4) people (up to 3 hours)
- Access to the Theatre lobby, auditorium and clean restrooms
- Screening of your choice of movie (no new releases – See movie list)
- Four-Course Dinner (Appetizer, Soup/Salad, Entrée, Dessert)
- Wine, beer and/or assorted non-alcoholic beverages
- Pre- and post-event COVID-19-rated cleaning
Heritage Foundation Announces Franklin Theatre Reopening Plans
“Monty Python & the Holy Grail” (PG)
“The Goonies” (PG)
“Some Like It Hot” (1959)
“How to Train Your Dragon” (PG)
“Field of Dreams” (PG)
“Roman Holiday” (1953)
FOR FULL MOVIE SCHEDULE VISIT: https://www.franklintheatre.com/tickets/movies/
For COVID-19 Guidelines & Requirements: https://www.franklintheatre.com/coronavirus/
Franklin International Indie Film Festival AUG 14-18
Having received more than 200 submissions the festival program, the final films have been selected for the 2019 Franklin International Independent Film Festival. The opening night for FIIFF will be held at the Franklin Theater on August 14, 2019 with screen local film director, Barbara Hall’s American Masters film “CHARLEY PRIDE, I’m Just Me.”
“I could not be more excited about the program lineup,” said Nancy Puetz. President of Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission. “The storytelling brought by this amazing group of filmmakers is exciting, thought-provoking and most of all entertaining. These filmmakers have carved out their carefully drawn images for film lovers and other filmmakers with a keen eye and great respect for the process. Our festival program is an homage to the power of a truly international group.”
The doors open for the FIIFF programming at 9:30 AM on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th with incredible programming in all genres. As Ms. Puetz said, “From documentary, music and drama to comedy and animation and purpose films, there is a film for everyone to enjoy.”
August 17th daylong programming is at Columbia State College with television/ music panels and workshops with such acclaimed experts as Petra Terzi, recent Cannes Film Festival winner of AFI Peacemaker award. Filmmakers represent Cyprus, the Republic of Georgia, Canada, Sweden, Korea and the United States. Local industry greats such as, David Deborde, Andy Hill, Steve Hayes, and others whose passion and knowledge of film, music and media will provide advice and a roadmap for long-term success. A long requested workshop presented by Seed and Spark, the Indie Film crowdfunding platform is also on the program for Saturday.
As an added bonus to audiences, a special celebrity guest host is planned for opening night.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS:
Festival Passes: http://bit.ly/FIIFFTN
Workshops and Panels at Columbia State College: FIIFF 8/17
Jumping Into June
Jumpin’ junebugs! Summer is just about here, and June kicks it off at The Franklin Theatre with a full calendar of music, movies and live theater to quench your thirst for entertainment. Here’s a full list of what’s happening in June (more movies to be added as well):
ACT TOO PLAYERS PRESENTS:
FRI 5/31 7 pm: The Wizard of Oz (Non-Musical)
SAT 6/1 12 pm: The Addams Family
SAT 6/1 4 pm: A Chorus Line School Edition
SAT 6/1 7:30 pm: Lucky Stiff
SUN 6/2 12 pm: Lucky Stiff
SUN 6/2 4 pm: A Chorus Line
SUN 6/2 7 pm: The Addams Family
DORIS DAY MINI-FILM FEST
MON 6/3 7 pm: “Pillow Talk” (1959)
TUE 6/4 4 pm: “Calamity Jane” (1953)
TUE 6/4 7 pm: “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960)
WED 6/5 4 pm: “Calamity Jane” (1953)
WED 6/5 7 pm: “Pillow Talk” (1959)
MON 6/10 7 pm: “Calamity Jane” (1953)
TUE 6/11 4 pm: “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960)
TUE 6/11 7 pm: “Pillow Talk” (1959)
WED 6/12 4 pm: “Calamity Jane” (1953)
WED 6/12 7 pm: “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960)
THU 6/13 4 pm: “Pillow Talk” (1959)
THU 6/13 7 pm: “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” (1960)
SUN 6/30 3 pm: Nashville Opera Presents: “Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music”
Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
FRI 6/28 7 pm
You may not know who they are – much less spell their name – but Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan are some bluegrass power to be reckoned with.
NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. He is a founding member of Punch Brothers and was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010 in addition to IBMA’s Banjo Player of the year in 2014 and 2017. Universal Favorite (Rounder Records, 2017) is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it’s truly his solo debut. His previous solo efforts-including 2014’s landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe-were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist – with both albums receiving Grammy nominations.
Multi-instrumentalist STUART DUNCAN has built upon his bluegrass roots to become an artist who defies categorization and surpasses the limits of any specific genre. The consummate sideman, Duncan has lent his taste and tone to countless artists and projects. Whether trading dizzying instrumental licks with the likes of Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas, or adding complimentary fills for vocalists Alan Jackson and Barbra Streisand, Duncan has found a professional “home” both in the studio and on tour. His playing and influence can be heard among many of today’s top hit makers, from British singer-songwriter Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to American rock band Panic! at the Disco.
Hearing the sound of “Sold Out” is music to our ears, though we hate for you to miss the fun. You can always call our Box Office and request to have your name added to a waiting list for a show – 615-538-2076, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE LIVE MUSIC:
THU 6/6 8 pm: Keifer Sutherland – SOLD OUT
FRI 6/7 8 pm: Keb’ Mo’ – SOLD OUT
SAT 6/8 8 pm: Keb’ Mo’ – SOLD OUT
SUN 6/9 8 pm: Keb’ Mo’ – SOLD OUT
FRI 6/14 8 pm: BJ Thomas – SOLD OUT
SAT 6/15 8 pm: BJ Thomas – SOLD OUT
THU 6/20 8 pm: Jimmie Vaughan – SOLD OUT
FRI 6/21 8 pm: Paul Thorn Band with Special Guest Bonnie Bishop – Limited Tickets
SAT 6/22 8 pm: Paul Thorn Band with Special Guest Bonnie Bishop – Limited Tickets
SAT 6/28 8 pm: Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
Visit FranklinTheatre.com or Call 615-538-2076 for full schedule of events and to purchase tickets.
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