AUGUST 27, 2022




The Meaning of Life is This

Chris Gantry: Stories, Songs, and Sermons

Don't Miss Featured Speaker Demetria Kalodimos

Stay after the feature presentation for a special talkback

Demetria Kalodimos is a trusted voice in Middle Tennessee.


She has anchored and reported the news for more than 35 years and has won some of the top awards in broadcast journalism including 16 Emmys, 3 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)  National awards and 3 Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting.


She has  consistently been voted Best Local Anchor by readers of the Tennessean and the Nashville Scene. She was inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016.


Demetria holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Illinois and  a Bachelor of Music Education and Honorary Doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University.


She produces her own award winning documentaries, music videos and other visual content through her company Genuine Human Productions, headquartered at The Filming Station. 

The Day The Music Stopped

Co-Produced by Patrick Sheehan & Demetria Kalodimos

 Patrick Sheehan is a Nashville, TN-based documentary filmmaker. He has directed, filmed, edited and produced multiple documentaries, including:

  • Slavers of New York [working title] (Cinematography, Edit) Paramount+ 2021 • The Cut (Director, Cinematography) In production 2021
  • Death is our Business (Cinematography, Edit) Frontline 2020
  • The Day the Music Stopped (Director, Cinematography) In production 2020
  • Good Trouble (Cinematography) CNN Films, Magnolia Pictures 2019
  • Always in Season (Cinematography) Winner, Sundance Film Festival 2019
  • Gip (Director, Cinematography) PBS 2018. Winner-Best Music FilmIndieMemphis and the Audience Choice Award Best Documentary-Sidewalk Film Festival in 2016 
  • Two Points, One Title (Director of Photography) ESPN Films 2015 
  • Gideon’s Army (Co-cinematographer) Winner, Sundance Film Festival. HBO 2013
  • American Man (Director of Photography) ESPN Classic 2012
  • Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story (Director, Cinematography). Winner of the “Award of Excellence” and “Best Director” 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards

Becky Magura

President and CEO of WCTE PBS, Becky Magura is a featured speaker at this year’s downtown film festival. With over 37 years in TV production and engagement, Becky will discuss her time with Television, on screen and off. 

Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville

Join former WSMV-TV anchor LaTonya Turner to discuss her documentary, Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville. 

LaTonya Turner is an award-winning journalist and producer for Nashville Public Television whose most recent work is the acclaimed documentary Facing North: Jefferson Street, Nashville, about the social history of Nashville’s oldest Black community. She has also produced several other historical documentaries as well as programs for NPT’s Aging Matters and American Graduate series. As producer and moderator of NPT’s Town Halls, LaTonya has led studio audiences in discussing topics including Voting Engagement, Opioids & Addiction and Youth Violence. LaTonya’s broadcasting career began in Louisiana (where she is a native and received a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University) at KSLA-TV in Shreveport and continued at Nashville’s WMSV-TV as a reporter/anchor.

LaTonya’s journalistic work has won several regional Emmys and been recognized nationally by professional organizations, including the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the regional Edward R. Murrow Award. She is a member of NABJ.

LaTonya is a passionate supporter of performing arts, an advocate for cultural equity and inclusion in arts and serves on the Nashville Repertory Theatre Board of Directors. She is a wife and mother of three children.

FACING NORTH: JEFFERSON STREET, NASHVILLE, an NPT original, explores the legacy of the North Nashville corridor, a historically Black neighborhood with three HBCUs and a large cultural footprint in civil rights, the arts and medicine. Like many African American centers, this one was forever changed by interstate construction and now struggles to balance rejuvenation with gentrification.

Sydney Lunn

Experience our walking tour with location scout director, Sydney Lunn, credited on The Green Mile and Nashville TV Series!

Learn how to tell your story using the tools already at your disposal. Noel Stojkov will lead this workshop on using tools like your cell phone to create cinematic masterpieces.

Noel Stojkov

Darby Faccinto

Stop by our workshop with futuristic feature film and user interface designer Darby Faccinto, credited in Marvel’s Loki!


Join us at Dogwood park for an exclusive early-access screening to Ken Burns’ newest documentary, Muhammad Ali.