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Knoxville Film Festival 2013 Program

  1. 1. 75 INDEPENDENT FILMS TENNESSEE FILM COMPETITION 7-DAY SHOOTOUT COMPETITION BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM STUDENT COMPETITION WORKSHOPS & PANELS | SPECIAL GUESTS
  2. 2. HISTORY ................................................................................. 4 WELCOME ..........................................................................5-6 OPENING NIGHT .................................................................. 7 SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ................................................. 8 TENNESSEE FILMS ............................................................ 10 NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION ...................... 13-17 NARRATIVE SHORT COMPETITION .......................... 18-22 DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION .............. 23-26 DOCUMENTARY SHORT COMPETITION ................... 27-29 JUDGES & AWARDS .................................................... 30-32 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE ................................................... 33 7-DAY SHOOTOUT ....................................................... 34-35 BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM STUDENT FILMMAKING COMPETITION ................... 36-37 CREW ............................................................................ 38-39 SPONSORS ......................................................................... 42 MISSION The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers. TABLEOFCONTENTS 5
  3. 3. Although 2013 is the first year of the Knoxville Film Festival (KFF), its history dates back nearly a decade. In 2004, East Tennessee filmmaker Keith McDaniel held the first Secret City Film Festival (SCFF) in the nearby town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Over the next eight years, the SCFF grew into a regional film festival welcoming special guests and filmmakers from across the region and screening some of the country’s finest independent films. In 2009, SCFF added the Secret City 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition whereby teams of filmmakers have seven days to make a 7-minute film. With more than 200 local filmmakers participating each year, the 7-Day Shootout became one of the highlights of the film festival. With the steady growth of SCFF and a desire to hold the film festival in an actual movie theater, McDaniel decided it was time to move the film festival from Oak Ridge to Knoxville. Working with Regal Entertainment Group (the world’s largest theater chain – which happens to be headquartered in Knoxville), McDaniel held the 9th annual SCFF in September 2012 at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 – Knoxville’s local art house movie theater. The move proved to be a good choice with the festival nearly doubling in attendance and invigorating the local filmmaking community. In addition, SCFF became one of the very first film festivals in the country that screened every film in the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format – the industry standard for digital movie projection. With the success of SCFF moving to Knoxville, McDaniel was looking for ways to make the festival even larger and more exciting. At about the same time, McDaniel was approached by Lisa Duncan, executive director of Dogwood Arts, a local non-profit that has been promoting the arts and holding the Dogwood Arts Festival in East Tennessee every Spring for more than 50 years. With Dogwood Arts already promoting all types of East Tennessee arts and artists, they also had a desire to promote the art of independent cinema. After several months of discussion, an agreement was made whereby McDaniel and Dogwood Arts would partner to create the Knoxville Film Festival. After nine years, the Secret City Film Festival was to be no more, but the new Knoxville Film Festival! Between Dogwood Arts’ capable and experienced event promotion skills and McDaniel’s experience as the founder and director of SCFF, the Knoxville Film Festival promises to be the biggest and best film festival in the region, offering more opportunities and exposure to local, regional and national filmmakers and creating a film festival experience of which all creators and lovers of independent cinema can be proud!                                        HISTORY 6 7
  4. 4. Welcome to the inaugural Knoxville Film Festival! I am honored to greet you on behalf of the citizens of our great city and excited about this new venture. Our arts community is a flourishing one that should be celebrated through independent cinema as well as other creative outlets. From the selection of screenings to the filmmaking competitions, this film festival will be an opportunity for supporters and creators to come together and promote filmmaking in Knoxville. Thanks to Secret City Films and Dogwood Arts who partnered to produce this first festival. May there be many more to come. OPENING NIGHT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 6:00-10:00 PM Join us in celebrating the kick-off of the inaugural Knoxville Film Festival with a special VIP reception and opening night film screening! The reception, located in a large tent outside Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, will offer heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and craft beer in a comfortable, modern setting with filmmakers, writers, actors, and film lovers alike. The reception will be followed by a special screening of Short Term 12, the recent Grand Jury and Audience Winner at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. “Heartrending, heartwarming and authentic.” — The Playlist “Magical. A shining example of what cinema is all about.” — Germain Lussier, Slash Film “Phenomenally moving.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine On behalf of Knox County, I want to welcome you to the first- ever Knoxville Film Festival. This event is a great way to showcase filmmaking talent from across the region and across the country. Festivals like this one highlight the vibrant arts and culture community that we have here in East Tennessee. Knoxville is a great place for an event like this, because this community is home to several world-class video and multimedia production companies. While you’re here, I hope you take the time to enjoy everything that Knoxville and Knox County have to offer. It is my pleasure to welcome the Film Community members to the inaugural year of the Knoxville Film Festival. Knoxville is ready for its close up with all the film makers and their support staff. We sincerely appreciate you supporting the arts in our community and showing the world that Knoxville is a cultural mecca. We hope you enjoy your visit to our Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 that appreciates independent and art-house filmmaking. We wish you the best of luck, and thank you for making Knoxville a reel fun city to film. Welcome to the innaugural Knoxville Film Festival. Film has been a part of the state’s cultural history since Alan Holubar’s The Human Mill [1923]. Since then, Tennessee has been the locale for numerous productions seeking to utilize the state’s unique topography, music business, and talent. This continuity of cultural influence has provided an environment for film enthusiasts to experience and create diverse, thought-provoking cinema. The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission is proud to support this cultural institution for the advancement of film. MAYOR MADELINE ROGERO, Mayor of the City of Knoxville MAYOR TIM BURCHETT, Mayor of Knox County KIM BUMPAS, President of Visit Knoxville BOB RAINES, Executive Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission LANDROVERKNOXVILLE.COM ALL-NEW 2014 RANGE ROVER SPORT THE MOST AGILE, MOST RESPONSIVE RANGE ROVER EVER WELCOME OPENINGNIGHT PRESENTED BY: 8
  5. 5. CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 10:00 AM Free Admission Preview the new PBS Kids series, Peg + Cat, in “The Chicken Problem!” and watch the premiere episode of the 44th season of Sesame Street with “Telly is Jealous”. PRESENTED BY: SCI-FI, SPECIAL FX, MAGIC & MORE: AN EVENING WITH ACCLAIMED SCREENWRITER MICHAEL MINER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:00-6:30 PM Admission: $10 (Free with Festival Pass) PRESENTED BY: Larsen & Adrian Jay, Please join us for a special night with science fiction/special FX screenwriter, Michael Miner. Host Paul Francis, FX guru of Lucas/Francis Studios, will moderate an interactive interview with a question & answer session with acclaimed screenwriter Michael Miner. They’ll discuss his 30+ year career in the film industry, writing for special FX, Sci-fi, magic and other fantasy stories. Michael is best known for his work on Robocop, Deadly Weapon, Anaconda: Blood Orchid, Book of Stars and LawnmowerMan 2. The interview will feature clips and commentary from these five films. NOW PLAYING @VisitKnoxville.com KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART TENNESSEE THEATRE BIJOU THEATRE a a a a a a a a a a a a a a VISITOR CENTER a a Celebrate the Arts in Knoxville 5 x 8 Knoxville Film Festival Ad.indd 1 9/6/13 8:44 AM SPECIALPRESENTATIONS 10
  6. 6. SHORT TERM 12 Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton/California/96 mins. OPENING NIGHT FILM - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 8:00 PM Short Term 12 is told through the eyes of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher, Jr.). But Grace’s own difficult past and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus (Keith Stanfield) – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility. Grace comes to find in both her work and the new teenager in her care, surprising sources of redemption. And while the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places. PRESENTED BY: TENNESSEEFILMS TENNESSEE FILMS Throughout the program, this symbol denotes Tennessee films. DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS Manhunt The Kid The Race That Eats Its Young NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS Alex Dreaming Dreams of the Wayward The Roosters - Series 1 NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS Avarice Café Fear & Loathing in Apartment B Goodfriends Inner Child Madison Harris Nuts N Bolts PRESENTED BY: NARRATIVEFEATURE 13
  7. 7. 23 BLAST SNEAK PREVIEW Thanks to entry to this film is free! Limited capacity. Directed by Dylan Baker/Kentucky/101 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 5:15 PM More to learn. More to serve. More to life. NARRATIVEFEATURE When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world. 23 Blast is based on the true story of Travis Freeman. In the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve; he becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs. NARRATIVEFEATURECOMPETITION 45 RPM Directed by Juli Jackson Arkansas/97 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2:15 PM The film follows Charlie Clark, a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. By trying to track down a rare copy of her father’s only cut on a 45 record, Charlie finds herself out of her element in Memphis with no leads. Louie Traxler, a record store owner and an obsessive collector, sees a chance to do what he does best. The two of them hit the road in a rumbling vintage Pontiac, scouring the South in search of the elusive 45 that hails from the heyday of ‘60s garage rock. ALEX DREAMING Directed by Dane Dakota Tennessee/74 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM Despite mental illness, a Vietnam veteran builds a successful career. Amid depression, post-retirement Alex McCloud meets his dream woman, is nominated for a ten million dollar Presidential Award, and is pursued by killers. He narrates from beyond the grave. 1514
  8. 8. DREAMS OF THE WAYWARD Directed by Ben Neal and Grant Douglas Bromley/Tennessee/83 mins. THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU Directed by Katharyn Grant Colorado/95 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM Gloria returns to small-town south after failing to make it as performer in New York. She moves into a boarding house across the hall from a con man who convinces her he used to be the manager of a famous singer. NARRATIVEFEATURECOMPETITION RED RIVER MOON Directed by Bruce Barnett Kentucky/80 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 PM A recent widow takes her two daughters Zoey and Max to the mountains to reconnect with nature and each other. The two sisters get lost in the Appalachian wilderness after their mother is mysteriously killed. They endure wild animals, hunger, and the elements before finding Cecil’s cabin, the man who killed their mother. A stepson Travis helps the girls escape down the Red River in a canoe. Max is lost and Zoey and Travis come upon a pagan party and believe they are rescued. Out of the darkness, Cecil grabs Travis and Zoey into the forest to finish them off. They get away and run until Cecil catches back up with them just as they think they have reached safety. NARRATIVEFEATURECOMPETITION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2:45 PM It’s been one year since Luke graduated from high school, and he has no personal ambition. In an act of rebellion, he leaves his home and hits the streets. However, during his first night out he is beaten and robbed. Several days later, he is given the opportunity to seek revenge, but will he? CRACKERJACK THE MOVIE Directed by Bryan Coley Georgia/98 mins. FRIDAY, SETPEMBER 20, 8:00 PM Executive producer, Jeff Foxworthy narrates this Southern tale that follows Bill “Crackerjack” Bailey IV, a lovable loser who is skilled in avoiding the responsibilities of manhood. He lives in a trailer. He collects Dinky Baby Dolls to sell online. And the only diamond that he gets near is not on the finger of his live-in girlfriend, Sherry. It is, instead, a softball diamond, which is CJ’s drug of choice. Faced with losing his true love or confronting the curse and his impending fatherhood, CJ does what any man would do – play ball! 1716
  9. 9. TRUST, GREED, BULLETS AND BOURBON Directed by Scott Kawczynski New York/85 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM Five years after a simple heist goes awry, a group of thieves reconvene at a cabin in upstate New York, hoping to recover the diamonds they initially stole. David, fresh out of prison and filled with angst from the failed heist, meets up with the rest of the crew: Tyler, deep in gambling debt, Samantha, his beautiful old flame, Owen, the quiet Irishman safe cracker, and Circe, the granddaughter of their mob boss. Tensions rise as allegiances are broken, backs are stabbed and the dirty past is dredged up as the group searches for the diamonds, and answers. WHERE WE STARTED Directed by Chris Hansen Texas/105 mins. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM When Will and Nora – both married to other people – meet at a motel one night, their initial attraction moves quickly into a flirtation. But over the course of the night, as their flirtation becomes something more, they are forced to confront their reasons for crossing a line they know they shouldn’t cross. NARRATIVEFEATURECOMPETITION NARRATIVEFEATURECOMPETITION THE ROOSTERS - SERIES 1 Directed by Andy Tippitt Tennessee/97 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM Coach Cade Buda, a financially desperate 5th grade math teacher and aspiring comic book writer, receives a visit from two ex-Marines that changes all their lives. These friends, Sarge and Mother, have also reached wit’s end and approach Coach about using his renegade comic book stories to develop a series of scams that would net them millions! GETSOCIAL! @KNOXFILMFEST#KNOXFF 1918
  10. 10. FEAR & LOATHING IN APARTMENT B FRAGILE THINGS GOODFRIENDS INNER CHILD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM A vegan werewolf, a conscientious vampire and an insecure swamp monster, share an apartment with a normal human and try to overcome their paradoxical personality traits. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM Brothers Lemonte and Oscar, latchkey children since their mother became gravely ill, struggle as they deal with their loss in different ways. Younger brother Oscar, noticeably concerned for his mother’s well being, asks Lemonte when she will wake from ‘hibernating’. Lemonte, a realist, hides behind a wall of anger, often lashing out at Oscar. The boys’ worlds eventually collide as they are both forced to come to terms with the reality of their mother’s illness. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM Billy is a disabled grocery store bagger with increasingly self-destructive delusions that inhibit both his personal and professional life. Dissatisfied with his job and eager to impress a local waitress, Billy abuses personal boundar- ies and common perceptions to achieve what he believes he deserves. However, when a co- worker reaches out to Billy, he must decide to accept genuine friendship or maintain the ide- als on which he built his life. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM Mike and Kelly meet online and go on their first date together. At various moments throughout the date, their inner child comes to life conveying the insecurities, humor, and emotionality that we as adults sometimes hide when we are in new and uncomfortable situations. Will they each be able to move beyond their own inner child to achieve something greater as adults? Directed by Chris Roberts and Hayley Huckaba/Tennessee/9 mins. Directed by Rachel Richards Canada/11 mins. Directed by Jerod Hollyfield Tennessee/10 mins. Directed by Christopher Raines Tennessee/16 mins. NARRATIVESHORTCOMPETITION AVARICE CAFÉ COMFORTABLE CONSIGNMENT NARRATIVESHORTCOMPETITION FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 8:00 PM A little girl is awakened one morning by a magical Light. She pursues the Light until something darker and more mysterious catches her attention in an ominous forest. Faced with the decision between the Light and the darkness, she discovers the consequences of her choices while journeying through a strange and fantastical world. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM An infamous mythical figure exploits his legend by performing an extraordinary show in the heart of a major city at an anonymous café for the undead. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM When a story writer writes his own life into his stories, he struggles to provide himself with the same happy endings he is willing to provide his characters. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM The year is 1954, and a lonely young woman yearns for the return of the man who left her alone. When an encounter at a consignment shop leads to the discovery of an ominous box, it seems that happiness may finally be within her grasp. However, a glimpse into another world reveals that all may not be as clear as it once seemed.... Directed by Rachel M. Taylor Tennessee/15 min. Directed by Norman Magden Tennessee/13 mins. Directed by Erik Thein/Indiana 5 mins. Directed by Justin Hannah Kentucky/17 mins. 2120
  11. 11. LIGHT ME UP MADISON HARRIS MAMA NEEDS A RIDE MARY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM When 6-year old Madison Harris notices her new teddy’s face is deformed, she is devastated. After Dad replaces the teddy with a ‘normal’ one and Mom takes Madison to get a new teddy, Madison is then confronted with ‘deformed teddy’s’ fate. With her friend Ralphie, who has his own deformity, they set out to conquer obstacles of the adult world. Learning that normal is a relative concept, Madison knows no teddy deserves to be thrown away. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM Franky and Elmo are The Don’s go-to guys. So it is only fitting that he would trust them with a very important job: pick up his mother and take her out to run errands. It seems simple enough for two mobsters used to handling more difficult tasks. Unfortunately for them, she is not nearly as nice as The Don says she is. Directed by Ryan Walton and Derek Dolecheck/Oregon/9 mins. Directed by Jon-Michael Brown Tennessee/10 mins. Directed by Matt Florio New Jersey/19 mins. Directed by Zach Turner Arkansas/23 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 5:15 PM Meet the Wattsons, a family of light bulbs that work in an antique shop. Frank and Linda run a business of managing all the bulbs in the store. When they ask their son Louie to take over, they find out he has bigger dreams of traveling across the street to be a spotlight in the local theater. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2:15 PM Divorced and alone, Craig meets the ethereal Mary, who might be the girl of his dreams. Now he just needs to find out if he’s awake. A dark comedy with a twist of magical realism. NARRATIVESHORTCOMPETITION NUTS N BOLTS ON THE TRAIN SENIOR DRIVERS SHOOT THE MOON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM A group of swingers get together for a night of partying, when things go very, very wrong. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM John, an uptight businessman, is hoping to have a quiet, relaxing trip on an overnight train. Instead, he has his patience tested when he gets stuck sitting beside a loud, eccentric man named Kurt who is craving nothing more than someone to talk to. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM A relaxing morning for Fred and Esther turns into chaos when they realize they have forgotten to pick up their youngest grandchild. With Esther behind the wheel and Fred holding on for dear life, getting their grandson to his doctor’s appointment on time becomes the least of their problems. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 PM Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all. Directed by Sam Comer Tennessee/6 mins. Directed by Lee Harris/Canada 8 mins. Directed by Gary W. Hayes Canada/14 mins. Directed by Alexander Gaeta California/27 mins. NARRATIVESHORTCOMPETITION 2322
  12. 12. STATE DEBATE THE RUINS THE STAR THE THINGS MY FATHER NEVER TAUGHT ME SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2:45 PM State Debate follows high school seniors Blake Johnson and Dakota Lamont as they sing, dance and debate their way through state finals in an exhilarating homage to 1950’s Technicolor musicals. Representing rural Harbor Village, the duo is closer than ever to capturing the coveted state trophy and accompanying college scholarship, but will Dakota’s romantic intentions cost Blake a ticket out of the confines of his conservative hometown? FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM Melvin gives useless dating advice to his three- year-old son. He teaches him to dress well, act with confidence and spend time in the right places. Everything goes horribly wrong, until Melvin meets Mary, an attractive single mother. After a clumsy romantic advance, Melvin is shot down and forced to reconsider his role as romance expert. Directed by Erich Rettstadt Michigan/24 mins. Directed by Martha Williams New Jersey/10 mins. Directed by Nikola Todorovic California/15 mins. Directed by Burleigh Smith Australia/7 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2:15 PM The whistling high-desert, a lost house, a terrible world and a kidnapping gone awry. Sandy West takes control when one of her cohorts looses control. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 12:00 PM A young man tries to reconnect with the girl he once loved after discovering she has given up on her acting career and entered the adult entertainment industry. NARRATIVESHORTCOMPETITION COWJEWS AND INDIANS Directed by Marc Halberstadt Iowa/90 mins. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:00 PM My Jewish family lost its home to the Nazis. I decide to return the reparations to the occupiers of our home in Germany, and I go to Germany to get our home back. In Germany, I suddenly realize I’m a hypocrite: here I am, complaining about the property taken from my ancestors, when in America I’m living on and profiting from the land taken from the Native Americans. And then I have an idea: If Germany owes me for sixty-five years of back rent, and I owe the Native Americans for sixty-five years of back rent, why not let the Native Americans collect directly from Germany and cut out the middleman? Four Native Americans go to Germany to execute the ‘assigned claim.’ FUREVER Directed by Amy Finkel New York/80 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM Furever is a feature-length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit, and how this evolution is affecting those in the veterinary profession and death care industry. With interviews from grieving pet owners, veterinarians, psychologists, sociologists, religious scholars, neuroscientists, and the many professionals who preserve a pet’s body for their devastated clientele, or re-purpose a pet’s cremains in unique ways (taxidermy, cloning, mummification, freeze-drying, and many more), Furever confronts contemporary trends, perspectives, and relevant cultural assumptions regarding attachment, religion, ritual, grief, and death, and studies the bonds that form between humans and animals, both psychological and physiological. DOCUMENTARYFEATURECOMPETITION 2524
  13. 13. GOOD PEOPLE GO TO HELL, SAVED PEOPLE GO TO HEAVEN Directed by Holly Hardman Massachusetts/87 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 8:15 PM Set against a backdrop of hurricane devastation and apocalyptic fear, Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven penetrates the complex world of evangelical Christianity along America’s Gulf Coast. The film follows a cross-carrying fundamentalist preacher, an impassioned youth choir leader and her family, as well as a compelling array of their born-again brethren. Unnervingly authentic, the film explores the deep and often desperate reasons evangelical believers have for embracing their religion. The result is a film of stunning candor and vital insight into the paradoxical world of evangelical compassion, fear, love, and intolerance. GRANNY’S GOT GAME Directed by Angela Alford North Carolina/74 mins. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM ‘Granny’s Got Game’ is a documentary feature film about a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina. These six fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep doing what they love. The film follows them for a year as they compete for another National Senior Games championship. After two decades together, these women are more than a team...they are a family. DOCUMENTARYFEATURECOMPETITION LOSING OUR SONS Directed by Avi Goldwasser Massachusetts/70 mins. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM A searing true story from America’s heartland, Losing Our Sons tells of two American families whose lives intersected through a shattering act of violence. Melvin Bledsoe, a small business owner in Memphis, watched with pride as his son Carlos went to Tennessee State University in Nashville to better his life. Daris Long, an ex-Marine, felt honored that his son, Andy, chose to follow in his footsteps by joining the military. But when Carlos Bledsoe murdered Andy Long in Little Rock, Arkansas, both fathers had to face a new kind of nightmare. As Melvin followed the trail that led Carlos from Nashville to Yemen and then to Little Rock, Daris confronted an American government that seemed in denial about what happened to his son. PUI CHAN: KUNG FU PIONEER Directed by Mimi Chan/Florida 92 mins. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2:45 PM Step into the extraordinary life of Pui Chan, a Chinese immigrant who overcame challenges in early childhood and eventually made a life for himself… one that would touch the lives of many others around the world. It all started with a simple dream and today, the dream lives on. This family- authorized biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through Kung Fu training, escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. Watch Pui Chan from the beginning, as an eager martial arts instructor in 1960s Boston, Massachusetts, open his own Kung Fu school, and start to spread the tradition, always maintaining the original fundamentals and values he learned as a boy. Performance by: Wah Lum Kung Fu School of Knoxville DOCUMENTARYFEATURECOMPETITION 2726
  14. 14. WHERE’S THE FAIR? Directed by Jeffrey Ford/Ohio 84 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 PM The simple question, ‘What happened to the World’s Fair?’ launches a journey that uncovers the sorted past, present, and future of the United States’ role in the largest global event in human history - The World’s Fair. DOCUMENTARYFEATURECOMPETITION CHARACTER FACE: A CLOWN FANTASY MANHUNT JUJITSU-ING REALITY MILE HIGH PIE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM Barnum & Bailey Circus held their winter quarters and also ran their Clown College. Abandoned today, former Ringling Clown Nancy Osborn Berman visits and once again the arena becomes a place of wonder and magic, if only for a brief moment. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM A look inside the life of screenwriter Scott Lew, afflicted with ALS for over ten years and now nearly fully paralyzed, as he works on his new film – Sexy Evil Genius. Directed by Nic Beery North Carolina/9 mins. Directed by Maranda Vandergriff/Tennessee/10 mins. Directed by Chetin Chabuk/California/17 mins. Directed by Melanie Addington/Mississippi/4 mins. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM While serving a life sentence for the murder the social leader Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray escaped from Brushy Mountain Prison in 1977. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:00 PM Mile High Pie takes a look at the famous mile high meringue at Ed & Kaye’s in Benton, Arkansas. DOCUMENTARYSHORTCOMPETITION GETSOCIAL! @KNOXFILMFEST#KNOXFF 2928
  15. 15. NOAH’S ARC: REBIRTH OF A JAZZ SINGER SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM From humble roots in Kinston, NC, to touring with jazz great Stanley Baird, jazz singer Noah Powell was reaching musical heights. His passionate, soulful voice was inspiring and moving. While achieving professionally, Noah’s personal life was heading in a downward spiral. Noah was a heroin addict. Noah spent 18 months imprisoned and his future looked bleak. Noah’s Arc is the powerful, honest story of one man’s struggle to re-build his life and start again. Directed by Nic Beery North Carolina/17 mins. SIMPLE AS THAT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 12:10 PM A film about hope, partnership, and the gritty determination of West Texans during one of the worst droughts in history. An artist, a philosopher, and herd of goats carve out a life mixed with hard work and humor, deep in the heart of Texas. Directed by Kari Branch, Ashley McCue, and Russell Walker/Texas/12 mins. THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 5:30 PM Told from a child’s perspective, this film takes us on Penny and Brad’s journey to overcome the atrocity of one horrific event and years of domestic violence. After a ten-year marriage plagued by brutality, one night in 2006 in front of their four children, Brad attacked Penny and murdered her best friend. The Children Next Door opens five-and- a-half years later as the family’s struggle continues as a result of the violence that shaped their lives. Directed by Doug Block New York/36 mins. THE KID Directed by Zach Slocum/Tennessee/16 mins. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 5:00 PM Filmmaker Zach Slocum enters the cage to discover what makes Mixed Martial Arts one of the fastest growing sports in the world. With no prior experience, he has only nine weeks to prepare for the fight of his life. DOCUMENTARYSHORTCOMPETITION THE RACE THAT EATS ITS YOUNG FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2:30 PM This project is a documentary film about the Barkley Marathons — an annual nonstop 100- mile footrace across the raw terrain of Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. Each year only 35 participants are accepted to compete, and they must finish five 20-mile loops in 60 hours. The course is so difficult that, in its 25-year history, only 10 runners have finished. Directed by Charlie Gee, Iveta Imre, and Bob Legg/Tennessee/36 mins. DOCUMENTARYSHORTCOMPETITION THE POSSUM DROP SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 11:30 AM The Possum Drop leaves the viewer rooting for the underdog. The traditions of a rustic Blue Ridge Mountains town are being threatened by PETA who want to stop the annual New Year’s Eve festivities, known as the Possum Drop. ‘The Possum Drop is the best thing that has ever happened to this town,’ says a resident. The Possum Drop is where the folks in Brasstown lower an opossum during their New Year’s Eve countdown. Directed by Mindy Keeley North Carolina/28 mins. 3130
  16. 16. JUDGES&AWARDS NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION JUDGES CYLK COZART is a native Knoxvillian who left Tennessee with dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. When a injury cut short his promising NBA career, Cylk focused his attention on modeling and acting. His early acting credits include Spike Lee’s School Daze and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He is most recognized for White Men Can’t Jump, Conspiracy Theory, 16 Blocks, Eraser, and Stephen Spielberg’s Eagle Eye. Along with acting, Cylk is an award-winning producer and director and in 2012 was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Martin Luther King, III and Academy Award winner Lou Gossett, Jr. TERRY MILLER, a native Knoxvillian, has worked for Regal Entertainment Group for 19 years, most recently as a Film Buyer. Away from the office, she enjoys hiking the Great Smoky Mountains and doing anything involving physical fitness. She is an avid independent film fan and adores Oscar season. Her favorite genre is drama and she is a regular patron at Downtown West. She is honored and excited to serve as a judge in The Knoxville Film Festival. KNOX COUNTY MAYOR TIM BURCHETT took office on Sept. 1, 2010, after serving 16 years in the Tennessee General Assembly. Mayor Burchett attributes his commitment to a career in public service to his parents, Charlie and Joyce Burchett, who both had lifelong careers in public education. Mayor Burchett is a member of the Bearden High School Bulldog graduating class of 1982, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned a degree in education. He served four years in the Tennessee House of Representatives and 12 years in the State Senate. JUDGES&AWARDS NARRATIVE SHORT COMPETITION JUDGES MARK BORCHERT is the chair of Communication and director of Film Studies for Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and a master’s degree in television and film. He has worked and published in many areas of media, especially in the field of documentary film. He also is director of the Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival at his university. ERIN DONOVAN Darin’ Erin or maybe the Biscuit Queen, she’ll answer to anything. While staying close to her daring TV roots Erin has moved over to be the Communications Director for Visit Knoxville. Over the past twenty or so years Erin was a videographer in TV markets across the Northeast then landed in Knoxville. Erin has worked with the film festivals in Knoxville for the past five years and is half of the Film Fatale team that hit the ground on last year’s movie scene. Erin was also the Executive Producer on a Knoxville based film. Erin has numerous awards for her work in TV news including Emmy and AP awards. MICHAEL MOORE has been involved in the Knoxville film and television community since moving to Knoxville 30 years ago. As a talent with Talent Trek Agency, Michael has worked in both print and film for a number of local companies including Scripps Networks, Jewelry Television and Sea Ray Boats. Michael served on the East Tennessee Film and Television Commission and is the founder of the Knoxville African American Film Festival. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION JUDGES HALLERIN HILTON HILL has been a top-rated drive-time radio talk show host for more than 27 years and for over a decade he’s produced and hosted the TV talk show Anything Is Possible on East Tennessee’s top-rated station. He has worked with the DIY Network and has appeared in national TV commercials and served as narrator/host for several documentaries. As a songwriter, Hallerin co-wrote “Who Would Imagine a King,” recorded by Whitney Houston for the movie The Preacher’s Wife. He is the author of the best-selling self-help book, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and has spent the last 20 years working with some of America’s top organizations as a speaker and trainer. AMY LEIGH HUBBARD serves as the Director of Community Engagement for East Tennessee PBS. Amy directed and produced East Tennessee MAKERS, working with four heavy hitting women in the East Tennessee region, and is field producer for A Fork in the Road with Chef Garrett. On camera, Amy has worked with Paul Harrill in the award winning short, Gina, An Actress, Age 29 and in the upcoming feature Something Anything. Amy was the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Actors Co-op, a non-profit theatre company focused on inventive, entertaining and thought provoking performance. Amy has two amazing daughters that rock her world daily. COURTNEY WHITE is VP of programming for HGTV and DIY Network. In this role, she has created hit series: Hawaii Life, Selling Spelling Manor, and Scoring the Deal. As a producer, White’s credits include award-winning HBO documentaries: Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001, ‘Twas the Night and Dealing Dogs as well as IFC’s feature comedy May the Best Man Win. White holds a BFA in Film and Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. AWARDS NARRATIVE FEATURE 1ST PLACE NARRATIVE FEATURE 2ND PLACE NARRATIVE SHORT 1ST PLACE NARRATIVE SHORT 2ND PLACE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 1ST PLACE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 2ND PLACE DOCUMENTARY SHORT 1ST PLACE DOCUMENTARY SHORT 2ND PLACE TENNESSEE FILM 1ST PLACE TENNESSEE FILM 2ND PLACE AUDIENCE FAVORITE: NARRATIVE FEATURE AUDIENCE FAVORITE: NARRATIVE SHORT AUDIENCE FAVORITE: DOC FEATURE AUDIENCE FAVORITE: DOC SHORT 3332
  17. 17. JUDGES&AWARDS WORKSHOPSCHEDULE Scott Kawczynski Trust, Greed, Bullets and Bourbon Grant Bromley and Ben Neal Dreams of the Wayward Angela Alford Granny’s Got Game Nic Beery Character Face, Noah’s Arc: Rebirth of a Jazz Singer SO, YOU WANT TO MAKE A FEATURE? Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am – THEATER 2 Independent filmmaking is tough enough, but making an independent feature is a whole new ballgame. Join several of this year’s Knoxville Film Festival narrative feature producers and directors as they share the stories of how their films got made. PANEL Bryan Coley CRACKERJACK The Movie Juli Jackson 45 RPM Chris Hansen Where We Started REAL TO REEL: MAKING DOCUMENTARIES Saturday, September 21, 10:00 am – THEATER 3 What makes a great documentary? How do you choose your subject? How do you get funding? How to you cut hours and hours of footage down to tell a great story? These questions and more will be answered and discussed by some of this year’s Knoxville Film Festival documentary filmmakers. PANEL Keith McDaniel The Clinton 12, Secret City: The Oak Ridge Story Mindy Keeley The Possum Drop HOW TO ACT LIKE A PRO Saturday, September 21, 12:00 noon – THEATER 3 Every film director has a different style of working. Every film set has a different “feel.” But one thing is a constant – actors need to “act” like a professional. Learn the “ins and outs” of auditioning, preparing for a role, set protocol, working with cast and crew and all the other information a well- prepared actor needs to know to work on a film set. PANEL Cylk Cozart Conspiracy Theory, 16 Blocks, Eagle Eye David Dwyer We Are Marshall, The Blind Side, Remember The Titans FILMMAKING FUNDAMENTALS Saturday, September 21, 2:00 pm – THEATER 3 Do you know about the “180 Rule”? Do you know how to record really good audio on location? If not, this workshop is for you. Whether you are a beginning filmmaker or a seasoned professional who just wants a refresher course, these questions and more will be answered in this workshop by those who can provide you with the tools and information to make your next film something special. PANEL Mark Borchert Director of the Film Program at Carson Newman University Chris Hansen Director of the Film Program at Baylor University TENNESSEE FILMS JUDGES NATALIE CANERDAY is a native of Russellville, Arkansas, has appeared in 35 films, from the big-budget box office favorites October Sky, Walk the Line, and Biloxi Blues, to the low-budget, critically-acclaimed independent films Sling Blade, One False Move, and Shotgun Stories. In 1997, Natalie and the cast of Sling Blade were nominated for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2000, she participated in Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute Filmmaker’s Lab along with Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, others. Natalie also serves on the Advisory Board for the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival in Florence, Alabama. MAX SHORES is a thirty-year veteran of TV and documentary film production. His work has been featured on Alabama Public Television, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and PBS stations nationwide. His documentaries have also been screened at film festivals around the world. He has been training students in documentary production both in the field and as adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama since 1984. JIM OWENS has been involved in film and television for over thirty years in over forty countries. He has authored multiple books including Video Production Handbook and Television Production. Owens has also been involved in the broadcast production of thirteen Olympics and is currently serving as a consultant on the broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics for the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee. He serves as Dean of the School of Communication Arts and Professor of Media at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. GET SOCIAL! @KNOXFILMFEST #KNOXFF 3534
  18. 18. 7-DAYSHOOTOUT FILMMAKING COMPETITION JUDGES NIC BEERY is a former Ringling Bros. circus clown who now prefers to be behind the camera. His films have been in over 75 festivals from Cannes to New York City. Nic is the owner of BeeryMedia.com, a boutique film production company in Carrboro, North Carolina, and the founder and chair of The Carrboro Film Festival, now in its eighth year. Nic is also lead instructor for Duke University’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s School of Doc, a summer intensive filmmaking course designed to introduce High School students to all facets of filmmaking with an eye in steering them toward a career in film. CHRISTOPHER HANSEN in an award-winning writer and director who spends most of his spare time chasing around his four kids with the help of his beautiful wife. Where We Started is his third feature film, following The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah and Endings. He is also Director of the Film & Digital Media program at Baylor University. JULI JACKSON is a media artist working in film, photography, and animation. A native to Arkansas, Juli holds a BFA in Film and Video. In 2005, Jackson acted as Director of Photography for 2 Philadelphia- based independent features Beat the Air and God’s Country, Off Route 9. During a three year stay in Los Angeles, Jackson contributed lighting design and camerawork on a number of feature films and other projects. Juli’s first feature film 45RPM won the Made In Arkansas: Best Feature and Best Actress awards at the 2013 Little Rock Film Festival. 45RPM screens Sunday (Film Block 18) at the Knoxville Film Festival. BEST FILM 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE BEST DIRECTOR BEST SCRIPT/STORY BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY BEST EDITING BEST USE OF ELEMENTS BEST USE OF MUSIC OR SPECIAL EFFECTS BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 7-DAYSHOOTOUT The Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout is a filmmaking competition where teams of filmmakers have seven days to make a seven-minute film. On August 21, 25 teams were given a film genre for their film and instructions that they must incorporate an East Tennessee landmark [filmmaker’s choice] into their film. Over the course of the week, more than 250 local writers, directors, actors, editors, and others worked to complete their assignment and 21 of the 25 original teams submitted their film by the deadline. The films have been judged by a jury of their peers and the best films will be recognized at our Awards Presentation on Sunday, September 22 at 7:30pm. Join us in congratulating these hard-working and creative filmmakers and enjoy watching the fruits of their filmmaking labors! FILM BLOCK 15 :: Theatre 1 Saturday, September 21, 7:30–10:30 pm Contact Team: Blade Media Genre: Science Fiction Man Overboard Team: SAFTA Genre: Comedy Adventure, Everyday Team: Shoeless Joe Genre: Documentary Survivor Team: Big E Productions Genre: Action-Adventure Filia Team: Homewreckers Genre: Drama I Will Team: Duck Tape Productions Genre: Drama The Agenda Team: Duck Tape Productions Genre: Drama Lost Causes Team: D.A.M.N. Media Genre: Horror-Thriller K4729 Team: Wild Heart Studios Genre: Inspirational The Last Drops Team: Stalker Island Studios Genre: Action-Adventure My Sunshine Team: Sleeper Celluloid Pictures Genre: Science Fiction 15 Minute Intermission Rugged Team: Nefarious Hero Genre: Drama Brittany Team: Los Pollos Hermanos Genre: Comedy The Harbinger Team: SofaCouch MovieFilms Genre: Horror-Thriller Swatter House REMInants of Justin Genre: Horror-Thriller Opposite of Fine Team: Broken Entertainment Genre: Inspirational Brittany Team: Los Pollos Hermanos Genre: Comedy Close to Home Team: Primitive Prose Productions Genre: Drama Dead End Team: JayKay Productions Genre: Science Fiction Right to Lyfe Team: Little Hippo Genre: Horror-Thriller On the Plus Side Team: CINEMA D’ETAT Genre: Inspirational Coulrophobia Blues Team: Skyshot Films Genre: Comedy AWARDS 3736
  19. 19. AWARDS JUDGES JOHN FELD began as a producer for CBS’s Guiding Light before becoming the Senior Producer at Grinker & Company in NYC where he oversaw the production of non-fiction programming for A&E and PBS. In 2000, Feld became the Director of Field Production for Martha Stewart Living. Feld moved to Nashville in 2002 to become CMT’s Director of Programming. Feld is now the Director of Programming and Development for Scripps Networks Interactive where he develops and supervises programming for HGTV and DIY Network. DR. EARL J. HESS earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Southeast Missouri State University and his Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Hess is the Associate Professor of History at Lincoln Memorial University. As a leading scholar on Civil War history, Dr. Hess has published nearly twenty books plus over 100 book reviews. Publications include The Knoxville Campaign—Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee, University of Tennessee Press, 2012. JOAN L. MARKEL was born in Boston, raised in New Hampshire and after earning a PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology, she came to Knoxville in 1990 to begin her ‘Southern’ experience. In 1995 she created the Outreach Program for the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee. Joan is actively involved with the East Tennessee Civil War Alliance, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, Knoxville Civil War Roundtable, and the Knox Area Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. BILL LARSEN is a distinguished lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee where he teaches film studies and script writing. He received his Ph.D. from UT and previously taught high school English in New York. In recognition and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival presents The Battle Cry of Freedom Student Filmmaking Competition. This film competition is open to currently-enrolled college and high school students. The competition will have two divisions: college and high school. The subject matter of the films must focus on the human issues and events, both political and personal, created during The Civil War in the United States 1861 – 1865. The films can be no longer than 20 minutes and no shorter than five minutes. The film’s presentation can be either documentary or original narrative in style. FILM BLOCK 19 :: Theatre 2 Sunday, September 22, 2:15-4:30 pm HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITION Whispers Golden Gloves Productions / Kevin Keck / Powell High School / 11 mins. The Cemetery of Life Odd Fellows Scholars / Trevon Covington / L&N STEM Academy / 10 mins. COLLEGE COMPETITION If You Don’t Run Fast Enough, the Past Will Catch Up to You JXL Productions / Jared Lovette / Pellissippi State Community College / 6 mins. Union Cur Liberty Church of Cosby / Clint Keller / Carson Newman University / 12 mins. All of the following films are out of competition, produced by Stephen Dean, and screening during Film Block 19: Its Memory Alone Remains - 28 mins. A Footnote in History - 48 mins. Introduction to the Civil War at Cumberland Gap – 9 mins. Search for Justice (an episode of The Civil War at Cumberland Gap) - 10 mins. The Journey of Jeremiah (an episode of The Civil War at Cumberland Gap) – 11 mins. BEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM 2ND PLACE HIGH SCHOOL FILM BEST COLLEGE FILM 2ND PLACE COLLEGE FILM STUDENT FILMMAKING COMPETITION BATTLECRYOFFREEDOM BATTLECRYOFFREEDOM 3938
  20. 20. CREW KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL ADVISORY BOARD CAROL EVANS Carol brings over 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and event management to the leadership position of the Legacy Parks Foundation. She has led marketing initiatives for Scripps Networks, Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, Dogwood Arts Festival, multiple corporate clients and the UT Lady Vols. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee. CYLK COZART Cylk Cozart is a native Knoxvillian who left Tennessee with dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. When a injury cut short his promising NBA career, Cylk focused his attention on modeling and acting. His early acting credits include Spike Lee’s School Daze and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He is most recognized for White Men Can’t Jump, Conspiracy Theory, 16 Blocks, Eraser, and Stephen Spielberg’s Eagle Eye. Along with acting, Cylk is an award-winning producer and director and in 2012 was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Martin Luther King, III and Academy Award winner Lou Gossett, Jr. DEE HASLAM Dee Bagwell Haslam is Executive Producer and Chief Executive Officer of the RIVR Media companies. She has headed the RIVR Media team in the production of eighty series and twelve documentaries. In addition Dee, along with Rob Lundgren, founded Rivr Media Interactive which in 2010 launched Moving Picture Books, an award winning line of animated children’s books. In June of 2012, She started Nest Features, an independent film company that produces films in and about the American South. Before her current position, she worked in various production roles with Bagwell Communications. JONATHAN DOUGLAS Jonathan Douglas has worked for Regal Cinemas for over eighteen years. For the last eight, he has been the primary coordinator for hundreds of film festivals hosted by Regal theatres around the country. He currently oversees the marketing for Regal’s Cinema Art program which includes over 60 theatres nation-wide that play alternative film on a year-round basis. In this capacity, he works directly with independent film distributors on marketing for their films and publishes the Film Guide Magazine. Prior to coming to Knoxville, Jonathan was a theatre manager for Regal for almost a decade. DENA PINSKER From 2002 - 2010 Dena Pinsker was executive director of Variety the Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee. During her tenure she worked with the Variety Board of Directors and Regal Entertainment Group on nine movie screening benefits which raised millions of dollars for East Tennessee special needs children. In 2003 Cuba Gooding, Jr. attended the screening of Radio beginning a long tradition of talent highlighting sold out prerelease screenings. Before joining Variety of Eastern Tennessee, Dena worked for Variety of Colorado. Presently she serves on three Knoxville non- profit boards. Dena lives with her husband, Neal, and their two cats. Their daughter, Jordan, lives in Denver, Colorado. CREW LARSEN JAY Larsen Jay is the President of Dogwood Entertainment and Emmy Award winner with experience as a director, producer, writer, production coordinator, executive producer and script consultant. His credits include over 100 commercials, documentaries, professional video productions, more than 200 hours of cable programming, and feature films such as Universal Soldier: The Return, Duets, Madison, Big Fat Liar, Erin Brockovich and That Evening Sun. STEVE DEAN Stephen Dean served as Community Relations and Promotions Director at WBIR-TV, the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee for 30 years. While at WBIR he is credited with creating The Heartland Series and served as the program’s Executive Producer of for 20 years. After leaving WBIR-TV in 2005, Dean formed his own production company called Famfive Productions, Inc. Steve is married and has three children and three grandchildren. KNOXVILLE FILM FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT KEITH MCDANIEL Secret City Films Founder & Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director ALAINE MCBEE Dogwood Arts Director of Programs JENNIFER BAXTER Dogwood Arts Project Manager ERIN SLOCUM Dogwood Arts Marketing Manager KATIE GREENE Dogwood Arts Finance Manager LISA DUNCAN Dogwood Arts Executive Director 4140
  21. 21. DOGWOODARTSFESTIVAL DOGWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL A CELEBRATION OF ART, CULTURE, AND NATURAL BEAUTY Since 1961, Dogwood Arts has celebrated the natural and cultural beauty of Easy Tennessee by producing a dynamic Festival featuring blooming gardens and trails, visual arts, music, crafts, theatre, culinary arts, dance, film, and literary arts. We invite you and your family and friends to enjoy our upcoming events, exhibits, and performances. BAZILLION BLOOMS December 7, 2013 A community-wide dogwood tree-planting program beautifying East Tennessee, improving the health of our environment, and fostering community support and pride in our beloved native dogwood. HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW February 14-16, 2014 Celebrating its 36th year as the largest annual fundraiser for Dogwood Arts Festival, the show marks the start of spring with beautifully landscaped gardens, home improvement contractors, plants, décor, art, and much more. Knoxville Convention Center 701 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37902 A VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL April 3, 2014 A celebration of visual and performing arts by children with mental and physical challenges. West High School 3300 Sutherland Avenue Knoxville, TN 37919 SYNERGY: STUDENT ART & EAST TENNESSEE ART EDUCATOR EXHIBITIONS April 3-25, 2014 Featuring the creative works by East Tennessee’s most gifted art students from area elementary, middle, and high schools in an exhibition alongside an exhibit by East Tennessee’s finest K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student- teachers from public and private schools and academies. Clayton Center for the Arts 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37804 NEXUS 2014 April4-19,2014 A visual arts exhibition featuring cutting edge sculptures derived from all genres and materials. U.T. Downtown Gallery 106 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 REGIONAL FINE ART EXHIBITION April 4-25, 2014 A dynamic survey of diverse art from emergent and professional artists from a seven state region. Emporium Center for the Arts 100 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 ART IN PUBLIC PLACES KNOXVILLE April 4, 2014- March 20, 2015 A world-class visual arts exhibition of 20 large-scale sculptures which enliven downtown Knoxville and the McGhee Tyson Airport. RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS April 4-6, 2014 Experience East Tennessee’s historical and present role in American Roots music with musical performances at various venues throughout downtown Knoxville. CHALK WALK April 5, 2014 Sidewalks throughout Market Square and Krutch Park become the canvas for artists of all ages and experience. DOGWOOD TRAILS, OPEN GARDENS, AND CAMERA SITES April 9-27, 2014 Explore more than 60 miles of trails, open gardens, camera sites, and historic homes as you enjoy a walk, bike, or drive. Sequoyah Hills is the 2014 Featured Trail. DOGWOODARTS.COM DOGWOODARTSFESTIVAL WALKING TRAILS April 9-27, 2014 Focusing on the idea of stepping out into our community, the trails are at least one-mile in length and folks are encouraged to walk, run, or bike these trails. DOGWOOD ART DETOUR April 12-13, 2014 Get a glimpse into the creative process as local artists invite you into their working studios. MARKET SQUARE ART FAIR April 25-27, 2014 With high-quality arts and crafts booths, performing arts, and culinary arts demonstrations and tastings, downtown Knoxville is transformed into a lively street fair. BIKES & BLOOMS April 26-27, 2014 Enjoy East Tennessee’s blooms the lean, green way – on a bicycle by way of an organized ride that’s fun for the whole family. 4342
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