Neighbors the Film

Directed by Rachel Goldberg, a participant in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women

June 11, 2012


Bela at Nashville

Executive Producer Bela Goldberg poses in front of the Neighbors poster at the Nashville International Film Festival.

The Nashville Film Festival was AMAZING! Our 5-year-old executive producer, Bela, joined me, as did Sugar Momma Donors, David and Rajita, Big Daddy Donor and Associate Producer, Sireesha, and Fat Lil Mama Donor, Lauren. It was SO wonderful to get to enjoy this festival with all of them! When we first arrived, we were so excited to see that NEIGHBORS was screening at the REGAL CINEMA!! Our poster was in a giant light box and it was so wonderful to be able to watch our film with an audience of people eating popcorn and lounging in stadium seating! NEIGHBORS opened for a really wonderful feature, SASSY PANTS, whose writer/director Coley Sohn was also in attendance.

The reception to NEIGHBORS was really wonderful. There was a trans man in the audience who told me that the film was incredibly special to him and that meant so much to me. And so many people came up to shake Bela’s hand and to tell her that she was a wonderful producer (which she is :)) Strangers approached us for days after our film screened to tell us how much they loved it and others asked how they could see it because they had heard so many wonderful things about it 🙂

The films at the festival were AMAZING. Artistic Director, Brian Owens, did such an amazing job of programming. I saw so many wonderful films and was truly honored to be among them. One of the best parts of the festival was how diverse the programming was — from documentaries to features to experimental films to shorts — the subject matter and genre of films was incredibly vast. We had a fabulous time and also had a chance to explore Nashville! It’s such a cool city and we were so happy to be there!

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