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SHEL Opens Nashville Film Festival

Premieres Video at Festival with Youth Villages

May 3, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – Alt-folk sister quartet SHEL will serve as the Music Ambassadors at this year’s Nashville Film Festival held from May 10 –19 at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 27 & RPX . The band will kick off the festival with a performance at 3rd & Lindsley the evening of May 10 with special guests Joe Robinson and Gareth Dunlop . In addition, Sarah Holbrook of SHEL will host interviews on the red carpet ahead of screenings at Regal Cinemas throughout the week.

“We are so excited to have the group SHEL playing at our opening night party this year,” expressed Nashville Film Festival CEO Ted Crockett. “From the moment I saw their live show, and amazingly creative and moving youtube videos, I knew they were a rare example of art meets music, and creativity meets star quality.”

SHEL’s involvement with the Nashville Film Festival goes beyond red carpet interviews and opening night performances. The band is also involved the community outreach program called Youth Villages. Youth Villages is an organization committed to providing the care, resources, and safe environment necessary for children and families to succeed.

This year, SHEL wrote and recorded a song with teen girls in foster care. That experience was documented and the song and video will premiere during the festival ahead of the film, FATHERHOOD on Sunday May 13th at 5:45pm.


From May 10-19 2018, the Nashville Film Festival will celebrate its 49th annual event with 10 days of can’t miss film premieres, red carpet events and informational panels featuring industry leaders. The Festival, which was voted one of “50 Film Festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker Magazine, highlighted as One of the Best Film Festival Prizes by Film Festival Today and named by Brooks Institute as one of the top 5 film festivals in the U.S., presents the best in World Cinema, American indies, documentaries, and numerous short form programs by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Oscar Award qualifying status and numerous well-attended shorts programs, the Nashville Film Festival has screened many prize-winning narrative and animated shorts including 13 Assassins, (500) Days of Summer, Cyrus and Academy Award nominees, I Am Love, Ajami, and Dogtooth . Celebrity honorees and participants have included Oprah Winfrey, Susan Sarandon, William Shatner, William H. Macy, Al Gore, Nicole Kidman, Danny Glover, Vincent D’Onofrio and many more. Additional information on the festival and its 2018 schedule can be found at .


SHEL’s sound is filled with the hypnotic vocals and infectious rhythms of the four Holbrook sisters. The sisters meld together their classical training and diverse influences for a result that is mesmerizing. Raised in Colorado, they grew up on an old trailer park that the family restored and turned into a farm. It was an unconventional upbringing, but one that certainly contributed to the group’s creativity.

SHEL has become known for its stunning musicianship with Sarah on violin and guitar; Hannah on keys, synth, and bass; Eva on mandolin and guitar; and Liza on drums, djembe, and beatboxing. The sisters have received rave reviews for their quirky style, both on stage and in their imaginative music videos.

The group has an extensive tour history across the U.S. and Europe, playing everything from small club shows, to major festivals, and even sharing the stage with world-renowned orchestras. SHEL’s songs can also be heard in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials including The Best of Me, The Fourth Phase, Charged, the trailer for Women In Sports, Shameless (Showtime), The Fosters (Freeform), Riverdale(Netflix), Search Party (TBS), and many more.