Dale Dickey to be awarded by CBT

Knoxville native and University of Tennessee alumna, Dale Dickey, will be awarded the CBT Artistic Achievement Award at the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual Gala to be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at Jackson Terminal, 205 W. Jackson Avenue in Knoxville, TN.

Called the “reigning queen of Southern gothic,” Dickey began acting on the University of Tennessee stages at age nine, and participated in more than 20 productions before she became a theatre major at the University in 1979.

Maintaining her ties to the University and the Clarence Brown Theatre, she returned on multiple occasions to work directly with students and star in several productions, including “The Rainmaker,” “Steel Magnolias,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Sweeney Todd.”

She has worked on close to 50 television projects – guest starring on shows such as “Frasier,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” “CSI,” “The Closer,” and “2 Broke Girls,” as well as television films such as Disney’s “Princess Protection Program” and A&E’s miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde.” She is best known for her recurring roles on “Christy,” “My Name is Earl,” “Breaking Bad,” “Justified,” and as the grandmother wolf on “True Blood.” Most recently, she completed work on a series for HBO with Danny McBride, called “Vice Principals.”

With close to 40 film credits, Dale Dickey has worked alongside some of the most accomplished actors in the film industry including Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, and Robert Downey Jr. in such movies as “The Pledge,” “Being Flynn,” and “Iron Man 3.” Most recently, she appeared in the Academy Award-nominated movie “Hell or High Water” with Jeff Bridges. She also appeared in several independent films, and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her role in “Winter’s Bone.” Photo courtesy CBT.

“Dale Dickey is well-known to Knoxville audiences. Her professional success is matched by her professional generosity. And we are grateful for the many times she has shared her artistry on the CBT stage and shared with our students her inspiring talent,” said CBT Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean.

Tickets go on sale April 17. Visit us online at clarencebrowntheatre.com/gala for more information.


Knox library hosts Indian film

Knox County Public Library is hosting a series of Indian films and will screen Monsoon Wedding on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2 p.m.

The film will be shown at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave. An opportunity to join in discussion about the film will follow afterwards.

Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding (2001 – R) is a comedy-drama set in New Delhi and focuses on a father’s expensive preparation for his daughter’s wedding and the chaos that ensues when families arrive and gather together.

Writer Sabrina Dhawan wrote the first draft of the screenplay in a week while she was at Columbia University’s MFA film program. Monsoon Wedding earned just above $30 million at the box office. Although it is set entirely in New Delhi, the film was an international co-production between companies in India, the United States, Italy, France, and Germany.

The film won the Golden Lion award and received a Golden Globe Award nomination. A musical based on the film premiered on Broadway in April 2014. The film was premiered in the Marché du Film section of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

This film will be introduced by Viren Lalka of the local cultural group Namaste, Welcome to India.

Parental discretion is advised for this screening and minors must be accompanied by an adult because of the film’s R rating and plot elements that address sexual abuse. The screening is open to the public.

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Horror fest pays tribute to genre

by Laura Long. —Last night’s short films screenings for the Knoxville Horror Film Festival at Scruffy City Music Hall showed the growing popularity of the genre as well as increasing diversity among fans and participants of the festival. Organizers William Mahaffey, Nick and Kim Huinker, and volunteers scrambled to take care of the packed venue as attendance numbers exceeded expectations.

“We actually had to go downstairs to get more chairs, which was great,” Mahaffey said in a phone interview with Celebrate Knoxville. “Having the last night and awards at Scruffy City (which seats between 150 and 200 including the balcony) gave us greater visibility than we had before at Relix (Variety Theatre).”

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Horror fans gather at Scruffy City Music Hall in downtown Knoxville for the last night of the Knoxville Horror Film festival held October 21-23, 2016. The evening screenings included eleven short films and the feature “Beyond The Gates,” which won the festival’s Special Jury Prize, Emerging Vision award. Photo by Laura Long.

Editor’s Note: “Beyond the Gates features an Elvira-ish performance by Barbara Crampton, known for her roles in Re-Animator (1985), Chopping Mall (1986), From Beyond (1986), Castle Freak (1995), You’re Next (2011), and We Are Still Here (2015).

Mahaffey said that Scruffy City Music Hall in Market Square also provides the event with better quality projection screening and sound, along with an on-staff technical person to help with challenges that sometimes occur with film festivals. Even though the submission requirements for format are specific, things happen. This year, there were some glitches, and Mahaffey said they rescreened a couple films on a different day once the problems had been worked out.

“We had 150 submissions for the festival this year, ten from Tennessee, with more female directors and more female involvement that ever before,” Mahaffey said, also acknowledging that Sunday night’s short film audience also had more people of color than in years past.

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This year’s Knoxville Horror Film Festival also included an earlier screening of Phantasm 3, from the 1979 franchise and fan favorite that often lands on best-of lists. Here, a decorative take on the the well-known deadly orbs from the Phantasm films line the festival stage at Scruffy City Music Hall. Photo by Laura Long.

“Horror is huge right now, and indie horror is big, and I am amazed at the number and popularity of television programs available right now with horror themes, including The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, the Exorcist show, and Ash vs. Evil Dead,” Mahaffey said.

Fans of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival say one of the best features of the festival is the FREE monthly events that occur in other places around town that help promote the event. Attendance has grown, as well as the number of corporate sponsors. The Grindhouse Grindout local film part of the festival, which encourages local filmmaking, is one way that organizers hope to encourage local films. Utilizing the talents of local artist Adam Deal (who designs the T-shirts, swag, and web presence) helps to connect artists of all kinds to the event each year.

“We’ve grown a lot since that one night at Pilot Light (Venue in the Old City) eight years ago to the three-day festival we have now plus monthly events,” Mahaffey said. “I work on the festival year round.”

The Knoxville Horror Film Festival features awards for 2016 include:

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“EMERGING VISION”)
Beyond The Gates

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“MOST FRIGHTENING”)
Fury of the Demon

BEST ACTRESS
Angela Trimbur, Trash Fire

BEST ACTOR
Michael St Michaels, The Greasy Strangler

BEST DIRECTOR
Bobby Miller, The Master Cleanse

AUDIENCE AWARD
Trash Fire

PALM d’GORE
Trash Fire

SHORTS

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (“MOST EVIL INANIMATE OBJECT”)
Awarded to Cauchemar Capitonné and Death Metal

WEIRDEST FILM
When Susurrus Stirs

FUNNIEST FILM
Death Metal

SCARIEST FILM
Cauchemar Capitonné

BEST SCENARIO
Curve

BEST PERFORMANCE
Najarra Townsend, The Stylist

BEST DIRECTOR
Pierre Teulières, Le Plan

AUDIENCE AWARD
Curve

PALM d’GORE
The Call of Charlie

REGIONAL SHORTS

AUDIENCE AWARD (REGIONAL)
Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter

BEST REGIONAL SHORT FILM
Bobby McGee, Ghost Hunter

GRINDHOUSE GRIND-OUT

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (MOST UNUSUAL FILM)
Toothless (There’s Something Wrong With The Power)

SPECIAL KHFF ORGANIZERS PRIZE FOR NAILING IT
Operation (Iron Swann)

BEST TITLE
My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

BEST NARRATION
Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

BEST PERFORMANCE
The ensemble in Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)

MOST LIKELY TO CAUSE PROTESTS
My Best Friend’s Husband And My Ex Diddled My Stepdaughter (Team Honey Cat)

MOVIE WE’D MOST LIKE TO SEE
Teen Immortals Vs The Nephilim

AUDIENCE AWARD
1. Teen Immortals vs The Nephilim (Fig City)
2. F***ed IV Death (70/30)
3. tied between Rip It (Mad House) & Punk Rock Flop House Massacre (Bottomless Pit)

GRAND PRIZE
The Two Sides of the Red Curtain (Skitchbook & Flashpoint Creative)

Visit http://www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com/


Tennessee Theatre hosts costume party

Families will enjoy Looney Tunes classic cartoons on the Tennessee’s screen, Mighty Wurlitzer organ music, self-guided dressing room tours, face painting and old-fashioned candy provided by Mast General Store. The Tennessee Theatre open house series is sponsored by McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

“At last year’s event, many of the children who came through our doors were experiencing the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre for the first time,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “This daytime event is a great way to introduce the next generation to our beautiful venue, as well as honor our theater’s long tradition of daytime children’s clubs. I am excited to be able to open our doors for Halloween family fun this fall.”

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During the open house, a short reel of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons will be shown at intervals between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each screening will be introduced with organ music played by house organist Bill Snyder on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

In between screenings, the dressing room areas will be open to the public for self-guided tours, and face painting and Mast General Store will be handing out old-fashioned candy at stations throughout the lobby and foyers. Popcorn, soda, candy and other basic concessions will be available for purchase, as well as gift shop items, with all proceeds going to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to come dressed in festive Halloween costumes. The Theatre requests that costumes be family-friendly and not scary. Toy weapons will not be permitted.

During the Tennessee Theatre’s history, Saturday mornings often were dedicated to children’s programming with several memorable clubs over the decades that welcomed children to the theater.

In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Popeye Club offered Saturday activities with cartoons, a movie serial, and amateur stage show with house organist Billy Barnes, all for 10 cents. The Chipmunk Club of the 1960s and 1970s offered cartoons and movies for the admission price of empty bags of Tom’s potato chips and featured a performance from Bobo the Clown.


Knoxville Film Fest is Aug 26-28

The 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, the 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and informative panel discussions will also highlight the festival.

“With more than 30 teams participating in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition, the enthusiasm from our local filmmaking community is intense. One reason might be that the winner of the competition will leave with a cash prize of $5,000,” says Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel.

The opening night film, Opposite of Ernest, was directed by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, the 2015 winner of the Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. Along with support from the Visit Knoxville Film Office, the Knoxville Film Festival awarded Cunningham $20,000 to create a feature-length film.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival ranging in price from $10 for individual block screenings to $75 for the full festival plus opening night reception. A Student Festival Pass is $25 with valid current Student ID.

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.

 


Summer Movie Magic begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Theatre is pleased to announce the 18th annual Summer Movie Magic line-up presented by Denark Construction. Movie-goers will travel back in time and see these American classics as they should be: in a historic theater, with a bag of popcorn in their lap, and a cold drink in their hand. Come experience some of your favorite classics beginning in June 2016.

Both digital and 35mm films will be screened this year, and organists Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film.

Tickets can be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 865-684-1200 and are $9.00 adult, $7.00 children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; Subscriptions are $45.00 adult and $35.00 children and seniors.

“Summer Movie Magic is a long-standing tradition at the Tennessee Theatre, paying homage to the theater’s history and legacy as a movie palace,” said Becky Hancock, the Theatre’s Executive Director. “From opening day in 1928 and every year since, the Tennessee’s movie screen has featured Hollywood’s most beloved films and created special memories for movie-goers of all ages.”

Denark Construction returns as the presenting sponsor of the beloved Knoxville tradition! “Denark Construction is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Summer Movie Magic at the historic Tennessee Theatre,” said president Frank Rothermel. “Denark was construction manager for the comprehensive renovation completed in 2005, and the Tennessee is very special to our team, just as it is to the entire community.”

The movie line-up this year includes Some Like It Hot (Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe); Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman); Steven Speilberg’s The Goonies; Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn); and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates.

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Showing August 12 and 14, 2016 at the Tennessee Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock’s landmark masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.” First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Vera Miles) searches for her, and the horror and suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed. 

Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Tennessee Theatre is the region’s leading performing arts facility with advanced technology, staging and lighting that draws top entertainment to the Knoxville area. The Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit organization tasked with maintaining and preserving the historic theater and ensuring diverse arts and cultural entertainment remains in downtown Knoxville.

About Denark Construction

Denark Construction is a full-service general contractor, design-builder, and construction manager, based in Knoxville, Tennessee – with over 1 billion dollars in public, institutional, commercial, and industrial contracts since its launch in 1985.


Regal to locate new HQ in Knoxville

Regal Entertainment Group has announced the company will locate its new corporate headquarters on Knoxville’s South Waterfront. Regal, which operates the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. theater circuit, expects to create 75 new jobs.
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Regal Entertainment (shown here in the Gay Street location) will locate their new headquarters in a nine-story, 178,000-square-foot building along Knoxville’s South Waterfront. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Knoxville leaders praised the collaborative effort to bring Regal to Knoxville’s waterfront as well the economic impact the company has on the East Tennessee community.

“Regal Entertainment has deep roots in East Tennessee and is a great corporate citizen and partner,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a major corporate headquarters to our rapidly redeveloping South Waterfront, and to keep hundreds of high-paying jobs here in Knoxville. Thanks to Regal, Governor Haslam, (TNECD) Commissioner Boyd, (Knox County) Mayor Burchett, TVA and Southeastern Development Associates for working with us to put this project together.”

Regal Entertainment Group operates 7,357 screens in 571 theaters in 42 states along with Guam, American Samoa and the District of Columbia. The Company operates theaters in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas.


FilmMakers blend real with imaginary fears

Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down underground Haunted House attractions. That’s the basic plot of The Houses October Built, an American found footage horror film showing on Netflix (at the time of this writing). With autumn in the air and Halloween on the horizon, CelebrateKnoxville.com spoke with the director Bobby Roe and producer Zack Andrews about the movie, which is actually multiple projects.

The first project is a real documentary about haunted house attractions in the U.S. that was produced in 2011. The second is a horror movie made in 2014, a fictional account of a group of people visiting those same haunted attractions and includes footage from the first project.

Confused yet? That’s part of the plan. As the lines between real and imagined horrors becomes more blurry in modern society, Roe and Andrews are making the most of mixing it up for horror fans in a way that is fresh and unique. Both the documentary and the fiction story are packaged together on the Blue-Ray of The Houses October Built, so that fans can see behind the scenes of actual places and learn more about the inspiration for the movie.

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The movie is the directorial debut of Bobby Roe, who also starred. It was produced by Zack Andrews (who also starred) and Steven Schneider, whose hits include Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Devil Inside. The film was given a limited theatrical release on October 10, 2014 and was released to home video on January 6, 2015.

“I think the quote at the beginning of the film, of how the real horror is what humans do to other humans, that explains our approach,” Roe said. “These are real locations, real scare actors. People can visit these places and talk to the same people we talked to when we made the movie. We wanted to make it as organic and real as possible.”

Real performances by great actors also make this film memorable, and Brandy Schaefer already won the award for Best Actress in The Macabre Faire Film Festival for her performance in The Houses October Built. The only female included on the RV trip, Shaefer’s descent from confidence into shock is crucial to the story and ties the other characters together. Fears mount up as it becomes obvious that the hauntings are getting out of control.

“It was a balancing act,” Roe said. “We asked ourselves ‘can we take (Brandy) to the breaking point without having the audience turn on the other characters?'”

Online reviews of the film describe the story as ‘a slow burn,’ with an emphasis on character development and not body count. Both Roe and Andrews say that is intentional and acknowledge that (Producer) Steven Schneider also used a slow burn with his Paranormal Activity movies, to much success.

Even with a slow build to a horrific ending, the movie is not without comic relief, however, and one scene with Zack Andrews features a cannabis-smoking-donut-eating-crying fit with infectious laughter.

“People ask me if I was actually high during that scene but I was not,” Andrews said. “We were just joking around on the set one day and decided to make the most of that moment.”

Cinematographer Andrew Strahorn does an excellent job of making this movie feel like a nightmare, blending real action with staged action. Some of the movie takes place during Mardis Gras, with even more masked characters and performance art adding to the atmosphere of weirdness.

“It was always our plan to include that in the story,” Andrews said. “Mardi Gras is a unique atmosphere and you just can’t fake that.”

This movie won the Carnet Jove Jury Award for Best Feature Length Film from the Midnight X-Treme Category from the Sitges Film Festival, but perhaps the most exciting news for horror fans is that the story of Houses That October Built continues: Roe and Andrews have recently returned from Scotland and other haunted places in the U.K. and plan to return again in the Spring. Roe said some of the haunted attractions there rival the best and most extreme in the United States, and they plan to make the most of what they have learned for another movie.

“Let’s just say that what you’ve seen of The Houses October Built is more of an intermission than an ending,” Roe said.
—Laura Long, CelebrateKnoxville.com, Sept. 16, 2015.


Movies on the Square begins Sept 11

Knox County Public Library is once again hosting Movies on the Square in downtown Knoxville, from Sept. 11 through October 16, 2015. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars in Market Square.

Patrons can park free on weekends and after 6pm every night in over 5,000 spaces in the following Knoxville municipal garages:

Locust Street Garage
Market Square Garage
State Street Garage
Promenade Garage
Walnut Street Garage (new!)
Dwight Kessel Garage
Jackson Ave Surface Lot – corner of Gay & Jackson
Viaduct Surface Lot – under the interstate off E. Jackson

And the 2015 Movies on the Square lineup is:
September 11: Driving Miss Daisy (PG, 1989)

September 18: Rio (G, 2011)

September 25: Night at the Museum (PG, 2006)

October 2: No Movie – Free Black Lillies concert

October 9: Hotel Transylvania (PG, 2012)

October 16: A League of Their Own (PG, 1992)


Talent Trek agency hosts workshop

On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, Knoxville’s own Talent Trek Agency will host a workshop about all aspects of talent representation and management as part of this year’s Knoxville Film Festival. Katherine Olsen, a New York talent manager, and opera star and actor Gary Simpson (THE KNICK) will share their experience with attendees.

The workshop takes place at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 at 10 am.

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

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.

For more information call 865.637.4561.


Knoxville Film Fest is Sept 17-20

This year’s Knoxville Film Festival will include more than 40 hours of film screenings on three screens at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

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In addition to the 2015 screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and various workshops will also highlight this year’s Knoxville Film Festival. Photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

New this year, it was announced earlier this month that a $20,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the winner of the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. The grand prize is designed to be used by the filmmaker to make a feature-length film based on their 7-Day Shootout film. The feature film will be screened at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

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. WILDLIKE will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival on Thursday, September 17th at 6:30pm.

Tickets may be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival and range from $10 individual tickets to $75 festival/opening night pass.

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.


Screenwriter speaks to Knoxville writers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Novelist and screenwriter Shannon Burke will read from his newest book, “Into the Savage Country,” at the March 2015 program of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.

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Shannon Burke will speak to the Knoxville Writers Guild beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Laurel Theater, at the corner of Laurel Avenue and 16th Streets (in Fort Sanders). A $2 donation is requested at the door. The building is handicapped accessible. Additional parking is available at Redeemer Church of Knoxville, 1642 Highland Ave. The event is open to the public.

“Into the Savage Country” is a historical adventure novel that mostly takes place on a trapping brigade in the 1820s. The novel begins as the protagonist – a young man named William Wyeth – starts west on a trapping brigade. The character makes friends, falls in love, chases buffalos and becomes involved in a struggle where the future of the country hangs in the balance.

“I grew up reading books like ‘Kidnapped,’ ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Count of Monte Cristo,’ and my intent was to write a book in that vein,” Burke said.

Burke’s previous novels were well-received and have been translated into several languages. “Safelight” (Random House 2005) was on the Kirkus and Publishers Weekly end of the year lists. “Black Flies” (Soft Skull Press 2008) was on numerous end of the year lists, was a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Believer Book Award, on the Impac Dublin Literary Award Long List and runner up for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He has worked on various films, including work on the script for the film “Syriana.”

About the Knoxville Writers’ Guild

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild exists to facilitate a broad and inclusive community for area writers, provide a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, help members improve and market their writing skills and promote writing and creativity. Additional information about KWG can be found at www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org.


Celebrate Christmas in the City

It’s Christmas in the City; there’s so much to see and enjoy in downtown Knoxville this holiday season, from making a holiday wreath at Ramsey House or visiting the Holidays on Ice skating rink in Market Square.

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The Holidays on Ice skating rink is open daily through January 4, 2015 in downtown Knoxville’s Market Square. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (season passes are also available). Admission includes skate rental and unlimited time on the ice. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

On December 13 and 20, the Market Square Farmers Market hosts the Holiday Market throughout Market Square and Market Street. Vendors will have booths set up with handmade gifts, holiday decor, food and more. This is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list.

Parking is free in Knoxville’s Market Square (406 Walnut Street) State Street and Locust Street garages all day on weekends.

Dec. 13
Wreath Making Workshop at the Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike.
Join your friends for this great tradition of fun and creativity and go home with a beautiful natural green wreath. We supply the Holiday treats, materials and the expert instruction of Julia Shiflett and her Christmas helpers. Make your reservation in advance and bring handheld garden pruners and gloves. The social is 12:30 p.m. with the class starting promptly at 1 p.m. Sign up with a buddy or start a family tradition. Reserve your spot by calling 865-546-0745.

Dec. 14
“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Celebrate the Christmas season in the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre, Gay Street, as Home Federal Bank presents classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Admission is free; no ticket is required. Seating is limited to the theater’s capacity. Doors open one hour prior to each screening.

Dec. 13 – 15
The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
The pageant combines a cast of 90 members, live animals, realistic sets and authentic costumes to create a powerful presentation of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ and the meaning of Christmas. The story is told in beautiful music and narration. The pageant is free and is interpreted for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm, Sunday, December 14 at 3 pm, Monday, December 15 at 7 pm, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Free Admission.


Classic movie celebrates Christmas

In celebration of the Christmas season, East Tennessee neighbors are invited to enjoy two free screenings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the historic Tennessee Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

The film will be shown at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and no ticket is required. Seating is limited to the theater’s capacity.

As a bonus, moviegoers will have the opportunity to pick up $2 discount coupons for the City of Knoxville’s Holidays on Ice open-air skating rink on Market Square.

Released in 1947 and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is was nominated for five Academy Awards and ranks No. 20 on the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies of All Time” list.

The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Free parking is available in the State Street garage. Patrons with special needs should contact the Tennessee Theatre in advance at 865-684-1200.

The movie screening is sponsored by Home Federal Bank.

 


Knoxville hosts Fanboy Expo

The region’s premier pop culture meet-and-greet and collectibles event, Fanboy Expo, comes to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-9, 2014.

Cult classic lovers and comic book aficionados will travel to Knoxville for the chance to meet their favorite celebrity actors and comic illustrators. The expo also will feature vendors selling comic books, toys and other fandom paraphernalia.

Celebrities will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions from fans, pose for pictures and sign photos and memorabilia. Some of the notable guests will include:

• John Rhys-Davies, best known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

• Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom, “Happy Days”

• Peter Mayhew, the actor behind Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” series

• William Zabka, best known as villain Johnny Lawrence in “The Karate Kid”

• Tommy Flanagan, Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones, Michael Ornstein, Kristen Renton and

Natalie Skyy known for their roles on the hit FX series, “Sons of Anarchy”

• George Newbern, the voice of Superman in the animated Justice League series

• Sarah Douglas, best known as Ursa opposite Christopher Reeve in “Superman” and

“Superman II”

• Shannon Farnon, who voiced Wonder Woman in “Super Friends”

• Dee Wallace, best known as Elliott’s mom in “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial”

• Sandahl Bergman, known for her role as Valeria in “Conan the Barbarian” with Arnold

Schwarzenegger.

• Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants”

• Several cast members from AMC’s “The Walking Dead”

• Julius LeFlore, stuntman for “Return of the Jedi”

• Wrestling legends Jim Duggan, known as “Hacksaw Jim Duggan,” and Chris Chavis, “known

as “Tatanka”

The exhibition booths with comic books, movie props and other fandom paraphernalia will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are available for purchase at the door, $15-$25 single day and $50 weekend.


Celebrate Knoxville salutes horror writers

This week Celebrate Knoxville salutes The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy and home of the iconic Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror literature.

Locally, residents will enjoy visiting any branch of the Knox County Public Library for great books as well as fun activities for all ages. As the oldest continuously operating public library in the state of Tennessee, the KCPL offers more than one million books, periodicals, compact discs, films, audiobooks and downloadables through 19 locations across Knox County.

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Since launching on October 1, the HWA Horror Selfies social media campaign has become a viral sensation garnering over nine million impressions on Facebook and Twitter during its first two weeks. The effort has attracted the attention of literary legends and The New York Times bestselling authors Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Ramsey Campbell, as well as some of cinema’s biggest names of past and present, including directors Mick Garris (THE STAND) and Josh Boone (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS).

The Horror Writers Association is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe Lansdale. Today, with over 1250 members around the globe, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization for the much-loved writers who have brought you the most enjoyable sleepless nights of your life.

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Historic TN Theatre offers tours

The Tennessee Theatre invites guests to a Fall Festival Open House during First Friday from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2014 with fall-themed activities, snacks and free history tours of the iconic venue.

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Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre opened in 1928 as a movie palace. The Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.

The fall festival will include a caricature artist who will draw free portraits of attendees and the iconic theater marquee; apple cider and fall treats; music on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ; and free backstage tours led by theater historians.

The tours will leave the lobby at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m., with groups limited to 50 people per tour, so guests are encouraged to arrive early.

 


Knoxville Horror Film Fest begins

The 6th annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest will kick off Friday, October 24, 2014 at Regal Downtown West, return for an all­ day marathon of screenings on Saturday, then wrap up across town on Sunday afternoon with two additional film screenings and an awards ceremony and costume party at Market Square’s Scruffy City Hall.

This year’s lineup includes seven features, 11 Grindhouse trailers and 25 shorts, with fest favorite Richard Bates, Jr’s dark comedy Suburban Gothic ; horror anthology sequels V/H/S Viral and The ABCs Of Death 2; Gerard Johnstone’s crowd­pleasing horror comedy Housebound; renowned Canadian collective Astron­6’s The Editor; Axelle Carolyn’s moody ghost story Soulmate; and Matt O’Mahoney’s splatter comedy Bloody Knuckles.

As with last year’s festival, each feature presentation is preceded by a themed selection of short films competing for prizes at Sunday’s Awards Party.

Saturday night will also premiere the locally­ made trailers comprising the fourth annual Grindhouse Grind­-Out Filmmaking Contest. The de facto main event of KHFF for many of Knoxville’s wildest creative types, the Grind-­Out pits two dozen teams against each other to produce insane trailers based on a lottery of genres. The competition kicks off on Thursday, October 2, with teams given a tight deadline of 6 days & 66 minutes to complete their films. Teams can register through the festival website for $30. The audience is invited to vote for their favorites, with winners announced alongside a variety of jury awards on Sunday night as well as a special award from guest judge Lloyd Kaufman, of the legendary Troma Films.

Weekend Passes to all KHFF666 events are available through KHFF’s website for $60 at http://www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com.

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Guests to the annual Knoxville Film Fest also have the opportunity to visit vendor booths (including Raven Records & Rarities, with plenty of posters) for horror-themed merchandise. Photo by CelebrateKnoxville.com.


Zombie movie marathon at IJAMS

Ijams Nature Center and Knoxville Horror Film Fest are pairing up once more to raise the dead at the 3rd annual Zombie Movie Marathon. This year the main feature will be the horror comedy Life After Beth, (2014, R) starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon.

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Also for the evening’s entertainment, the classic Béla Lugosi film White Zombie (1932) will be screened, with a RiffTrax style accompaniment by Einstein Simplified Comedy Improv Troupe.

This is more than just a movie night, this event features vendors, food trucks, beer and of course…BRAINS! Dressing up is encouraged…the more zombies the merrier.

The cost is $10 for a night of fun and fright. Doors open at 6 p.m. Movies start at sundown.

IJAMS Nature Center is a 300-acre urban greenspace and environmental learning center located at 2915 Island Home Avenue in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Community Screenings begin at film fest

East Tennessee PBS Community Cinema Screenings begin Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Knoxville Film Festival at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.

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Saturday, September 13, 4 p.m. at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood, is an hour-long documentary showcasing the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Women in Hollywood, the first of six MAKERS documentaries that will air on PBS stations this fall, airs on East Tennessee PBS on Tuesday, October 7, at 9 p.m.

After the screening, East Tennessee PBS Communications Coordinator Paige Travis will facilitate a panel discussion with: stage and screen actor Dale Dickey; director of the forthcoming Nest Features film Up the River Amy Hubbard; director of The Happiest Person in America, Sara Israel; producer of Something, Anything, Ashley Maynor; and writer and producer of Candee Noir, Kelly Shipe.

Admission to the MAKERS screening is free.


Movies on Market Square to begin

Knoxville Movies on Market Square is looking for your vote again this year.

On September 12, 2014 the Knox County PublicLibrary will launch its 2014 season of family-friendly outdoor movies. Every Friday night from September 12-October 17, the public is invited to bring the whole family, (including well-behaved dogs), to see a free movie.

The public will decide the lineup at polling stations at all Knox County Public Library locations or online at www.knoxlib.org.