Best Part Productions, a Nashville production company created by brothers Chad and Trey McClarnon, recently completed two short films using local labor and talents. The brothers wanted to “embody the city’s new film culture” by creating an independent film company that would give form not only to their ardor and expertise in making great films, but that also would allow them to be surrounded by like-minded talent such as award-winning filmmaker Motke Dapp, photographers Kris D’Amico and Bradley Spitzer, wardrobe stylist Ciciley Hoffman, actress Elan Crawford, model Jennifer Blake, and Tennessee theatre mainstay Andrew Kanies. To date, Best Part Productions has created two complete short films, “A New Life” and “Without,” and are now using new fundraising avenues, including Kickstarter, to get these films out to the public.
Writer-Director Chad, a Nashville-based photographer, and Writer-Producer Trey, a trial lawyer, first filmed “A New Life,” featuring Kanies and Blake. The second film “Without,” which stars Chelsea McMahon, was produced as part of the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project where it won an award for Best Art Direction. Both “Without” and “A New Life” include original music scores from local composers, Rae Hering and Uncle Skeleton, respectively, engineered by Nashville producer Bobby Holland at County Q in Berry Hill.
BPP’s focus on Nashville as a film launch pad has enticed a number of local companies to help fund its efforts. Griffin Technology, Williams Medical Supply, Doug Bates Video, LLC., iV Music Group, Fox’s Donut Den, dose coffee, B&C Barbeque, and Carniceria Don Juan have all provided support.
In keeping with BPP’s innovative approach the company is using Kickstarter.com to raise funding intended to help bring the films to wider audiences. Currently the project has 32 backers and pledges of $970 with 21 days to go. Trailers for the films can be viewed here.