Knoxville Film & Music Festival begins Saturday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Organizers are busy putting the final touches on the newly expanded Knoxville Film & Music Festival. Stretching over two weeks now, the event will feature over 80 bands, seven feature films, and 40 short films, all spread across nearly a dozen downtown hotspots.

"You don't have to be an art house beatnik to enjoy Knoxville FIlm & Music festival. We have hip-hop to blues, jazz to EDM, metal to alt-country. Our Films that Rock series cover the gamut with films from all genres of musicians, Janis Joplin to Mumford & Sons," said Director of Marketing & Public Relations Virginia Adams. "Our pass prices are reasonable and accessable to everyone. Plus, we rock, you'll be cool just arriving."

The music festival kicks off on Saturday, June 1. Week-long passes start at $25.00, while individual event prices may vary. Times and locations have yet to be finalized.

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Organizers laid out the game plan:

The music events run from June 1 - 9 and will feature three outdoor concerts, a showcase from local recording label Dracula Horse Records, an evening of jazz co-produced with the Knoxville Jazz Festival and the outdoor fundraiser for Tour for the Cure known as Knox Gives. Musical acts ranging from hip hop to jazz, EDM to heavy metal and all points in between will be featured. Headliners include Those Darlins, On My Honor, Flux Pavilion, Sons of Fathers, and The Kingston Springs.

The film events kick off on June 10 with panel discussions hosted by Women in Film Knoxville. Other film events include two evenings of Films that Rock, a series devoted to the fusion of music and film with films like Big Easy Express and Shut Up and Play the Hits, an evening of Horror Rock Operas co-produced with the Knoxville Horror Festival, and a very special screening of the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood where 20% of the box office proceeds will be donated to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Short films will be the focus of the Competitive Video Music Awards and the Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival. June 13 is the screening and awards show for the Competitive Video Music Awards, a competition pairing bands and filmmakers for the ultimate music video experience. The festival will conclude with the 4th Annual Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival, a screening of 30 films created by local filmmakers in a 24 hour time period. The evening kicks off on the Red Carpet of the Historic Bijou Theatre and concludes with a special Awards Ceremony after the last film screening of the evening.

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