Festival is a sort of homecoming for Nashville filmmaker

Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:39pm
Staff Reports

A Hume-Fogg High School graduate from Nashville, who wound up teaching filmmaking at Virginia Tech University, will have a unique homecoming at next month’s Nashville Film Festival.

Ashley Maynor is returning to screen a new documentary film in competition at the 2010 festival — the half-hour For Memories’ Sake, which will be shown on April 18 and 20 the Regal Cinema Stadium 16.

In For Memories’ Sake, Maynor reveals the rather extraordinary life of a seemingly ordinary Nashville housewife and grandmother, Angela Singer. But this Tennessee homemaker has taken an average of 12 photos a day for 35 years, amassing a remarkable archive of 150,000 pictures.

Singer’s photographs are a rich blend of the banal and the bizarre, the beautiful and the morose. Mixed among the predictable images of birthday parties and blooming flowers are photos of animal carcasses, checks about to be cashed, loads of folded laundry, and half-eaten plates of food. This personal archive of the minutia of daily life in the rural suburbs of Nashville becomes the documentary’s focus.

The film received one of three 2008 Southern Humanities Media Fund production grants and won the Jury Award for “Best Documentary” at the 2009 University Film and Video Competition.

The Nashville Film Festival screening will be the film’s Tennessee premiere.

Originally from Nashville, the Hume-Fogg graduate went on to earn a BA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Maynor then moved to southwest Virginia in 2006 and later began teaching filmmaking as a visiting assistant professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Theatre and Cinema.

Adding to the Tennessee feel of the project is the film’s producer and co-cinematographer — Sundance-award winning filmmaker and Tennessee native Paul Harrill, who has screened works previously at NaFF in 2001, 2002 and 2008.

For more information or to download a press kit, please visit the film’s website