Knoxville, TN – The Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, in partnership with Dogwood Arts and the Visit Knoxville Film Office, will feature more than 100 films from September 11-14 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, with 14 states, three countries and more than 75 filmmakers represented.
What may be the most impressive; however, is the large number of films included in the 2014 Knoxville Film Festival – 15 to be exact – that have strong local and regional ties, including SOMETHING, ANYTHING, the festival’s opening night film.
Written and directed by Sundance-recognized filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, SOMETHING, ANYTHING is an unconventional romance centered on a typical Southern newlywed whose plans for domestic bliss are shattered, causing her to gradually transform into a spiritual seeker, quietly threatening the closest relationships around her. The film was executively produced over the course of a year in Knoxville, Tenn. by television production pioneer, Ross K. Bagwell, Sr., via his production company, Nest Features, which appears to be a growing trend among independent filmmakers.
“It’s encouraging to see such a significant number of films at this year’s event with legitimate ties to Tennessee and the East Tennessee region,” said Keith McDaniel, Knoxville Film Festival producer. “This area has a lot of amazing things to offer filmmakers and film production companies, and our hope is that this event and the number of local submissions will continue to grow as a result.”
Other recent film projects in East Tennessee include UP THE RIVER, produced by Nest Features and directed by Amy Hubbard; LITTLE PONDEROSA ZOO, co-produced by Will-Rock Entertainment and directed by Brooks Benjamin; and AMATEURS: THE MOVIE, which began its theatrical release on July 19, 2014 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. All of these projects were filmed in East Tennessee with local cast and crew.
In its second official year, the Knoxville Film Festival will include more than 50 hours of film screenings on two screens at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 from September 11-14. In addition to screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, 7-Day Shootout competition, Student Filmmaking Competition and various workshops will also highlight the festival.
Tickets are available for purchase at knoxvillefilmfestival.com or by calling 865-637-4561. Tickets may also be purchased at Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival.
- Opening night tickets [$35]
- Festival passes [$50]
- Opening night tickets + Festival passes [$75]
- Individual Film Block tickets [$10]
- Produced in partnership by: Dogwood Arts, Secret City Films, and Film Knox
- Presented by: ORNL Federal Credit Union
- Sponsored by: 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 www.dogwoodarts.com or call  637.4561.