nD nD…read all about it by Nina Thomas

Let me explain.  Nashville is putting on a five-day fete to celebrate independent film makers, musicians and fashion and jewelry designers who will generously donate a portion of their sales to support a good cause: that of a nationally-acclaimed neighborhood landmark film/theatre/music/art venue known as The Belcourt.  As one of the key sponsors, Project Artisan will have a significant presence, as will PA designers Alabama Chanin, Imogene + Willie, Debe Dohrer, many will see, Nike Kondakis, Plum Vintage, and Brooke Shipley.

The nD Festival is born.
(nD= Indie or Independent, see?)

It all started with an idea to replace the wobbly old “buckin’ bronco” seats in the historic Belcourt’s 1966 Theater (to match the new seats in their adjacent 1925 movie house)

So yee haw, let’s get this party started.

Wednesday, September 22nd signals the nD kickoff, beginning with whiskey, wine, and shopping… but not necessarily in that order!  Here’s a chance to buy clothing and accessories from internationally-known designers Billy Reid and Natalie Chanin, along with cutting edge designs from H. Audrey (owned by country music star Holly Williams) and personal care items from The Cosmetics Market.

Thursday, the 23rd will bring you to Imogene + Willie; the denizens of all things denim, for Supper, Song and Cinema. Tacos, shopping, friendly chatter, music, and an outdoor 16mm showing of Marlon Brando’s “The Wild One” await you: the ultimate in old-school cool.

Friday the 24th will draw you to Zeitgeist Gallery for the Patron Party and a showing of beautiful jewelry by Project Artisan designers Debe Dohrer, many will see, Nike Kondakis, and Plum Vintage. Project Artisan is an international e-commerce site for established and emerging designers who are progressive in terms of creativity and social consciousness. Women in little black dresses (think Robert Palmer girls) will be wearing pieces available for sale. Feel free to admire and buy right off the models. Project Artisan will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Belcourt. Then you will proceed to the actual Belcourt Theater for a showing of Jacques Tati’s “ M. Hulot’s Holiday”.

Saturday the 25th means matinee madness with Mimosa, Marys and a Movie, namely Jacques Tati’s “Jour de Fete”. And did I mention music by Robby Hecht?

Sunday the 26th is the EnD fashion show…a fashion show to end all fashion shows…or at least to end the nD Festival! Held in the 1925 theater with cushy seats and lush red velvet drapes, the show will begin with cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and music by PawnShop Kings. Libby Callaway is the “all that’ stylist for a show that will feature Alabama Chanin, Billy Reid, Imogene +Willie and Project Artisan designers. Libby’s progressive sense of style, sense of humor, and impeccable sense of theatrical timing will burst forth in this show to EnD all shows!

For details like how to buy tickets, the locations and times for each event and, of course, what to wear… Check this out: http://www.ndfestival.com


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