The coming-of-age story “Tuscaloosa” will host a special screening at the Nashville Film Festival this year. The film is set in the 1970s and comes from director Philip Harder. The movie stars Natalia Dyer, Tate Donovan, Devon Bostick, Marchánt Davis, and rap artist YG.

“Tuscaloosa” will screen on October 5th as part of the festival’s U.S. Independents Program. Now in its 50th Anniversary season, that event takes place from October 3rd and runs through October 12th. The adaptation is the first narrative feature by Philip Harder, known for his work in high-profile music videos with artists like Prince, Foo Fighters, and Hilary Duff. Harder also did commercial work for Apple, Disney, and Target.

The movie is an adaptation of the novel Tuscaloosa by W. Glasgow Phillips, which you can find right here on Amazon. The story follows Billy Mitchell (Devon Bostick), a member of Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s white middle class. By the summer of 1972, young black activists in his city have found purpose and a cause worth fighting for, but Billy is still coasting—until he falls in love with determined Virginia (Natalia Dyer), a patient at the mental hospital run by his father. Shaken out of his indifference, he finds his loyalties pulling him in different directions. When Billy and his friends try to move forward on their own path, they discover just how far the network of power and oppression in their town will go to stop them.

“The Nashville Film Festival is the perfect place for Tuscaloosa’s festival premiere,” said director Philip Harder. “It is fundamentally a Southern story based on a Southern novel, so it’s fitting that we’re introducing it to audiences at the South’s oldest-running film festival. We put so much work into creating the world in this film, shooting in rural towns and landscapes, and using digital effects to recreate landmarks from 1970’s Tuscaloosa. The struggles the characters endure and dreams they pursue are extremely contemporary. We think the vintage quality of the production and epic story will keep the audience fully immersed, even as they recognize striking similarities to modern society and our current political times.”

Natalia Dyer in Tuscaloosa

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films, and documentaries. “Tuscaloosa” was produced by Patrick Riley, with Scott Franklin, Brian & Josh Etting, Jenny Daly, Tate Donovan, Erik Helgeson, and Dan Riley serving as executive producers.

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