Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams PaisleyBrad Paisley is well-known for playing pranks on his opening acts on the road, but not for playing them on his sweet wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley. But, in fact, his directorial debut, the short film 'When Mom's Away,' actually began as a joke, yet ended up showcasing his talents as a filmmaker.

"It was a prank I played on my wife," Brad tells The Boot. "I'm not a director, and I'm not a filmmaker of any kind. It was the first day she went away. She was going away to do business and to do a press thing in New York, and she gave me this list of things to do [for son Huck], like no gluten, make sure he takes his nap, don't let him watch TV. So what we did, my band and I, as soon as she left, we no sooner had a 'coast is clear' kind of situation, we went and bought a doll at Toys 'R Us -- a life-size, most realistic doll we could find -- and dressed it up in the same clothes and filmed. We had the doll on a horse, and we wanted to see how far down this hill the stroller would go and what would happen. We filmed all this stuff, these fictitious things that I put my son [Huck] through, [such as] shooting a gun. He was shooting a revolver at a target, and he's not even two."

Brad says by the time Kim arrived back home he pretty much had the film edited and ready for viewing. "It just said, 'Press play.' It was horrifying, but hilarious," notes the merry prankster.

The film, which had its initial screening at last month's Sedona (Ariz.) Film Festival, will be featured at the Nashville Film Festival at the end of April. "It was my friends at the Sedona Film Festival, that's the first place that I showed it, and they said, 'Can we add this?' So I showed it to them," says Brad. "I'm friends with those guys. I said, 'I don't know. I don't really show photos of my son and I don't want to look like I'm capitalizing [on him]. I didn't do it for that.' And they said, 'No one will see it. Just let us screen it.' So, we screened it, and it went over great. And then the people in Nashville found out about it and said, 'Can we see it?' And I said, 'Yes, you can see it.' So, they said, 'Can we screen it?' And I said, 'Sure.'"

But don't look for 'When Mom's Away' to be hitting theaters nationwide at any point in the future. "I have no plans for this to go anywhere else," Brad states. "Unfortunately, I really don't want it out. I don't want it on the internet or anything like that, but to make a few little film festival stops and let people see it, then people don't own it. They don't have it at home. They don't have a video of my son and everything else, but it's fun to do. It's just me in the middle of a prank. You're just seeing me being a goof."

'When Mom's Away,' which is scheduled to be screened at the Nashville Film Festival April 22, isn't Brad's first foray into film-making. He has created a couple of animated films which played on giant video screens during his last pair of tours.

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