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Award-winning 'Raising Buchanan' to be shown at Franklin International Indie Film Festival

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“Raising Buchanan” will screen at the Franklin Theater on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 a.m. as part of the Franklin International Indie Film Festival.

Winner of Best Arizona Feature-2019 Phoenix Film Festival, Best Dramedy Feature – 2019 Manhattan Film Festival and Best Actress in a Comedy Amanda Melby and Best Original Screenplay Bruce Dellis – 2019 New Haven Film Festival, the dark comedy will make its Tennessee premiere with this screening.

About the Film

In suburban Phoenix, 40-year-old Ruth Kiesling is not exactly “living the dream.” She’s a donut shop employee with anger issues. 

Ever the opportunist and desperate for money, she “steals” the body of President James Buchanan. She does so, hoping to ransom him for a nice windfall –– but she’s surprised to discover that no one seems particularly interested in getting him back. 

Plan B (and C and D), lead to dead ends involving a wealthy widow, a confused LGBT organization and a hot-headed shipping foreman. The resolution of this increasingly dire situation will require previously untapped resourcefulness from Ruth and demanding commitments from her roommates and parole officer. 

The cast is helmed by René Auberjonois (“Benson,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Boston Legal,” Stanley Kubrick’s film “M*A*S*H*”), Amanda Melby (“Candid Camera,” “SIS,” “Jake’s Corner”), M. Emmet Walsh (“Blood Simple,” “Blade Runner,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding”), Cathy Shim (“Reno: 911!,” “Punk’d,” “The Sun Is Also a Star”), Terence Bernie Hines (“Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Stuck on You”) and Robert Ben Garant (“Reno 911!” and writer of “Night at the Museum” films).

About the Festival

Now in its third year, FIIFF will introduce filmmakers, film workers and audience members to a place where anything is possible. 

Screenings are at the Historic Franklin Theater, 419 Main Street in downtown Franklin.​ Tickets are $15 and available at

For more info about the Festival, go to​.

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