Knoxville screens Agee films

KNOXVILLE – The public is invited to join the East Tennessee History Center for a an evening of vintage film and local photography celebrating the literary legacy of one of East Tennessee’s own, James Rufus Agee on September 4, 2015.


James Rufus Agee (November 27, 1909 – May 16, 1955) was an American author, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S. His autobiographical novel, A Death in the Family (1957), won the author a posthumous 1958 Pulitzer Prize.

The evening at the history center includes:

6:00 PM: Photography Exhibit: Knoxville in 1915
An exhibition of vintage photography from the Jim Thompson Collection at the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection; Curated by Steve Cotham

7:00 PM: Film Screenings

Agee Lost and Found
Introduction by Paul Brown, author of an upcoming book on the filming of the 1963 Paramount film All The Way Home. A compilation of unique footage featuring the local filming and Knoxville premier of the Paramount film “All the Way Home.” Plus, see footage of Agee’s Fort Sanders boyhood home, and home movies filmed on-location by Knoxville residents.

All the Way Home (Paramount, 1963)
Introduction by Michael Kearney, featured co-star of All the Way Home
Director: Alex Segal; Starring Jean Simmons, Robert Preston, John Cullum, Michael Kearney, and a cast of Knoxville extras.

A rare 16mm screening of the hard-to-see 1963 film partially shot in Knoxville, and based on James Agee’s autobiographical Pulitzer Prize winning novel “A Death in the Family.”

The East Tennessee History Center is located at 601 S Gay St, Knoxville.

For more information, call (865) 215-8830.