Knoxville, Tennessee [August 14, 2015]



The opening night film, WILDLIKE was directed by New York filmmaker Frank Hall Green and features actors Ella Purnell (Maleficent, Kick-Ass 2, Never Let Me Go) and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, Star Trek 2, 13 Days). WILDLIKE has been invited to screen at more than 100 film festivals around the country, receiving 28 best film and audience awards. Director Frank Hall Green will be in attendance at the Festival on Opening Night. WILDLIKE will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.


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Film Description: Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although Uncle seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and Mackenzie is forced to run. Trying to make her way back to Seattle alone to find her absent mother, Mackenzie only winds up deeper in the Alaskan interior. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bartlett, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier.


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WORKSHOP 1: Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:00 am – THEATER 2

Acting in Film and Television – Representation and Management

Knoxville’s own Talent Trek Agency hosts this workshop about all aspects of talent representation and management. Join Katherine Olsen, a New York talent manager, and opera star and actor Gary Simpson (THE KNICK) as they share their decades of experience with workshop attendees.


KATHERINE OLSEN is the Founder of Encompass Arts LLC in New York City. Her talent management clients include leading Broadway, Film, Stage and Operatic talent. They include John Cullum, television, film screen and theater star, Anthony Laciura of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” Marcello Giordani, leading tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, Two-Time GRAMMY AWARD winner, Sylvia McNair as well as Tony Award Nominee, Willy Falk. Encompass Arts has actors this season on NASHVILLE, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, THE KNICK, UNFORGETTABLE, THE GOOD WIFE, among many others.
GARY SIMPSON is a Metropolitan Opera Principle Artist and can be seen as Hobart Showalter in HBO/Cinemax's new series "The Knick" starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh


WORKSHOP 2: Saturday, Sept 19, 10:00 am  – THEATER 3


The Legal “Ins and Outs” of Independent Filmmaking 

Have a legal question about making an independent film? Well, this workshop is right for you. Entertainment Lawyer William Whitacre will provide an overview of independent film development, financing, production, and distribution. Specific areas covered will be the principal stages of the process, together with milestones including rights acquisition; option agreements; equity financing and crowdfunding; talent and above and below the line production agreements; strategic budgeting considerations; post-production; distribution agreements; and marketing.


WILLIAM L. WHITACRE practices exclusively in entertainment law whose clients include international film and television producers, musical artists, independent music labels, and related companies and individuals. Mr. Whitacre’s screen credits for produced and distributed feature films include The Pamplin Film Company’s Hoover starring Ernest Borgnine (also Executive Producer); PFC’s Michael Winslow Live starring Michael Winslow (also Executive Producer); the Haxan Films feature films The Blair Witch Project; Altered; and Seventh Moon starring Amy Smart; The First of May (also Supervising Producer); Missing in America starring Danny Glover (also Associate Producer); Silver Wings and Civil Rights (also Supervising Producer); a feature documentary with many of the original Tuskegee Airmen, and winner of the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival. From 1992-1994 Mr. Whitacre’s firm was based at Disney/MGM in Orlando Florida, and from 1994-2008 he was based at Universal Studios Florida.



WORKSHOP 3: Saturday, Sept 19, 11:00 am  – THEATER 3


Understanding Film Distribution: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid To Ask
Navigating the ever-changing film distribution landscape is challenging. As a filmmaker, you not only have to make a great movie, but you also need a plan for distribution. In this film distribution workshop moderated by Distribber CEO Nick Soares, you will receive modern, real-world tactics for getting your movie seen and selling in the popular video on demand marketplaces.


NICK SOARES is the CEO of Distribber, a GoDigital, Inc. film distribution company that delivers content to Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others while allowing the filmmaker to keep 100% of the revenue. Prior to Distribber, Nick founded Digi Distribution where he oversaw the development of sales tracking software that enabled filmmakers to gain transparency with their distribution data. Nick Soares is also the founder of a filmmaking community called Filmmaker Forum and he has produced several feature films.


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The Knoxville Film Festival is presented by ORNL FCU and produced in partnership by Secret City Films, Dogwood Arts, Visit Knoxville Film Office, and Regal Entertainment Group.


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.


About Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty.  For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit or call [865] 637.4561.


About Secret City Films: Secret City Films is an award-winning production company owned and operated by Keith McDaniel, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker whose films have screened at more than 100 film festivals across America as well as broadcast on television outlets worldwide.