Celebrity columnist Brad Schmitt interviews stars of the movie, partly filmed in Nashville, during the premiere at the Regal Green Hills Theater Wednesday night. Inspired by a true story, Deadline is adapted from Mark Ethridge's novel Grievances.
Shot in Nashville and adapted from a fact-inspired novel by a former reporter with The Charlotte Observer, the film "Deadline" makes its Memphis premiere Monday (Feb. 27) in a special screening to benefit the Stax Music Academy.
It started at a 40th high school reunion, though Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire is no ordinary high school. This private boarding school has churned out alumni like U.S. President Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant Jr. and famed novelist Booth Tarkington.
Pulitzer Prize-winning alumnus Mark Ethridge was the speaker at that reunion, talking about a novel he had written. The book, "Grievances", was based on stories he wrote about a racially motivated killing in South Carolina while Ethridge was a reporter at The Charlotte Observer.
Films have been shot in and near Nashville before using local talent on both sides of the camera. Red-carpet premieres of those movies are nothing new here either. But the process of making Deadline and its world premiere next Wednesday are ground-breaking for the Music City.
You're unlikely to find a filmmaker with a more positive outlook on the month of February than Curt Hahn. In a season that's something like Hollywood's remainder shelf, Hahn sees opportunity — a chance to release his new film, Deadline, without competition from end-of-the-year awards bait or summer blockbusters. When Deadline premieres at Regal's Green Hills 16 on Wednesday, Feb. 15, it faces only the fiercest competition Nicolas Cage's Ghost Rider sequel can muster.
"In any industry, you'll have a place where there's good fishing, so everybody congregates in that area and competition gets more and more fierce," Hahn says, echoing the central metaphor of W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne's business guide Blue Ocean Strategy. "You want to do something truly unique? You have to sail off into a blue ocean."
Releasing a movie during the film industry's offseason isn't the only way Hahn is breaking the mold.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lights! Camera! Action! It's something Nashvillians could soon be hearing more of, if a movie shot and produced in the mid-state catches widespread attention.
It's a movie that is truly a product of Middle Tennessee
"Everything about this project is a Nashville project, a Tennessee project," said Deadline movie director Curt Hahn.
Nashville based film company – Transcendent, LLC, a subsidiary of Film House, produced Deadline, which was filmed exclusively in Nashville and the greater Nashville area. What better way to top off this Nashville labor of love than to add the music of Dave Perkins. Perkins will perform the soundtrack music at a special live event at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville, Sunday, February 12.
Dave is a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitarist that grew up in a musical family. With a singing mother and father who tickled the ivories, Dave was destined to nurture his music soul. In a 2009 interview, he shares, “I heard rock ‘n’ roll and I was a goner, it caught my rebellious spirit. One of the big turning points for me…I had become a real folk music consumer. In 1965, I bought an Elektra compilation called Folk Songs ’65 and I was totally unprepared for cut one, side two, which was the Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing “Born In Chicago.” I heard that harmonica…that was probably the most life-changing moment, musically, that I can recall.”
Rippavilla Plantation will once again be seen across the nation as Deadline, a Film House movie partially shot at the Antebellum mansion, makes it's world premiere in Nashville on Feb. 15.
The mansion, which can also be seen in music videos and other film projects, was chosen because Director and Executive Producer Curt Hahn said he had "filmed there two times before but never for a movie. The Executive Director (of Rippavilla), Pam Perdue is phenominal and the staff is great to work with. Most people at Antebellum mansions are very nervous and protective. Most don't want you there. Rippavilla wants people to come visit and knows that the movie will possibly be seen my millions."
In the movie, a young reporter for the fictional Nashville Times investigates the murder of a young African American man many years before. The murder was never investigated and the reporter fights a variety of locals to get to the truth of the young man's death.
When a musician releases a new album, it’s a given that a tour will follow. But what about a road trip for an independent film? Apart from the film festival circuit, it’s not the norm, but Nashville film-maker Curt Hahn is tapping his passion for racial reconciliation to drive a grassroots tour for his new movie, Deadline.
It's shortly before 9 in the morning on this frigid Saturday, but near the intersection of 12th Avenue and Broadway, tensions are heating up. More than two dozen protesters are marching, waving signs and screaming at a fresh-faced young reporter as he tries to enter his workplace. With a grimaced look, he makes his way through the angry crowd. The sequence isn't part of some escalating social conflict, though. It's just Nashville's latest taste of Hollywood.