The Starfish Throwers, director Jesse Roesler‘s exploration of how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways, has been named the winner of the 2014 NPT Human Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), which begins Thursday, April 17 at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas and venues throughout the city.
The NPT Human Spirit Award, presented each year by NPT to a Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) documentary selection, acknowledges a filmmaker’s work that best explores and captures the human spirit. The film must illuminate in a high artistic manner the important characteristics of what it means to be human: generosity, kindness, mercy, compassion, fortitude and honor.
The Starfish Throwers screens on Saturday, April 19 at 1:15 p.m. and Sunday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Regal Green Hills Cinemas, Theater 3. Tickets are available now at the NaFF website.
“The Starfish Throwers stands out among the films NPT considered for the Spirit Award this year for its simplicity and emotional impact,” said the jury in a joint statement. “This film tells the story of three people who have decided to make a difference in the world through a simple act: feeding hungry people. Seeing how their generosity and persistence create ripples in their communities, changing the lives of the people they come in contact with makes this a film everyone ought to see. Viewers shouldn’t be surprised if they find themselves wiping away a tear or two. The Starfish Throwers shows the human spirit at its best.
The NPT Human Spirit Award jury is Kevin Crane, VP of programming and technology; Sheila Fischer, Corporate and Community Development Manager; Justin Harvey, program manager; Brian O’Neill, director of brand management and creative services; Linda Wei, producer.
The NPT Human Spirit Award comes with Nashville Public Television’s intention to broadcast the film so that others may celebrate the generous role that great filmmaking plays in our lives. Previous winners of the NPT Human Spirit Award are Remote Area Medical (Dirs. Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, 2013); Salaam Dunk (Dir. David Fine, 2012); Fambul Talk (Dir. Sara Terry, 2011) Raw Faith (Dir. Peter Wiedensmith, 2010); Crude (Dir. Joe Berlinger, 2009); Sons of Lwala (Dir. Barry Simmons, 2008); and The Clinton 12 (Dir. Keith McDaniel, 2007).
The 45th Nashville Film Festival takes place April 17-26, 2014 at the Regal Green Hills 16 Cinemas and other venues.