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Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director and Filmmaker Keith McDaniel talks about indie filmmaking in East Tennessee and around the region as well as interviews local filmmakers about their latest projects.
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Apr 30, 2017

Moments prior to the Kick-off for the TN10 Filmmaking Challenge, a panel of local filmmakers talk about last week's 54 Film Fest and we reveal the required elements for the TN10.

Apr 5, 2017

The 10 filmmakers selected for the Knoxville Film Festival TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge are revealed.

Mar 18, 2017

Keith McDaniel and guest, Jacob Boyd, discuss 2017 film festivals in East Tennessee.

Mar 5, 2017

Knoxville Film Festival Director Keith McDaniel discusses plans for the upcoming 2017 KFF with guest Jeff Snell.

Nov 7, 2016

Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel reflects on the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival and discusses its future.

Aug 21, 2016

On this edition of TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST, the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival is just days away and I provide an update on all the activities and events for the festival. In addition, for those new to the film festival, I talk a bit about the history of the Knoxville Film Festival and how its roots trace back 13 years.

Aug 13, 2016

This week on TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST Knoxville Film Festival director Keith McDaniel provides an update on many of the exciting events being planned for the Knoxville Film Festival, being held August 26-28 at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.

Aug 5, 2016

On this week's TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST, I had a chance to briefly talk with many of the team leaders as they met the deadline and turned in their films Wednesday evening for the Knoxville Film Festival 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. It was an exciting night with the first submission right at 5 pm and the final one coming in with less than one minute until the deadline!

Jul 29, 2016

This is a special edition of TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST! Wednesday, July 27 the Knoxville Film Festival 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition Kick-off event took place where 31 team leaders gathered to choose their genre and get instructions for the competition. We recorded the event for the podcast. Local film celebrities Jeff Delaney and Jacob Boyd were our special hosts for this podcast providing play-by-play commentary as the events unfolded (honestly, they did a lot of rambling in a golf match announcer sort of way - but its fun). Don't miss this one. It's a hoot!

Jul 22, 2016

On this week's TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST, Knoxville educator and filmmaker Lea McMahan discusses her new short film "free variable" which will screen at the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival. Also, we reveal the final genre for the upcoming KFF 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition!

Jul 15, 2016

On this episode of TENNESSEE FILMMAKER: THE PODCAST, Dogwood Arts Project Manager Garrett Thomson and I announce and briefly discuss each of the 47 films selected for the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, August 26-28. We also reveal another genre for the KFF 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. And, to our filmmakers, if I "butchered" the pronunciation of your name or of the tittle of your film, I apologize!

Jul 8, 2016

On this week's edition of Tennessee Filmmaker: The Podcast, my guests are filmmakers Kelly Shipe and Mandi Lawson. They discuss their brand new short film, YOU AND ME AND ALSO A WHALE, that will screen at this year's Knoxville Film Festival. We also reveal another genre for the 7-day shootout!

Jul 1, 2016

Guests include local filmmaking team Jeremy W Lowery and Chuck Morgan along with student filmmaker Kevin Keck. Jeremy and Chuck discuss their 54 Film Festival winning film "Coined" and what led them to enter the 2016 KFF 7-Day Shootout for the very first time and Kevin talks about his studies at Chapman University where he is studying film production. We also reveal another genre for the 7-Day Shootout!

Jun 24, 2016

Our guests for this week are 2015 Knoxville Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Edy Recendez and actor/writer/man-about-town Mike Stanley. Edy shares his filmmaking journey and how he and his friends started their own production company and Mike shares his thoughts and insights on being a working actor in East Tennessee. We also reveal one more of the genres for this year's 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. 

Jun 17, 2016

This week's episode is a little longer than usual but worth every minute. Guests for the entire podcast are filmmakers Jeff Delaney and Jamison Stalsworth. Jeff gives us the lowdown on the origins of timed filmmaking competitions in Knoxville while Jamison and I discuss the famous "vomit ban" for the 7-Day Shootout. Plus, we talk about a whole lot of other things including the infamous "Meltdown at the Bucket Awards". And, we reveal one more of the genres for this years KFF 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition.

Jun 10, 2016

Guests for this episode include local film gurus Luke Dye and Sam Comer. Luke shares his love (and talent) for Rap and Sam shares stories from the filmmaking "trenches". AND, we reveal yet another of the genres that will be used for the upcoming Knoxville Film Festival 7-Day Shootout!

Jun 3, 2016

Guests for this episode include Leigh Ann Jernigan and Jeff Snell. Leigh Ann talks about acting, filmmaking, writing and the Fantastik! Summer Film Series she is hosting this summer at Open Chord in Knoxville. Jeff Snell reveals the origins of the infamous Dick Chicken and also shares "5 Things overheard in the green room" at the 2015 Knoxville Film Festival. And, last but not least, we reveal yet another of the genres for the upcoming KFF 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition.

May 27, 2016

Guests include Visit Knoxville Film Office Director Curt Willis and winner of the 2015 7-Day Shootout Chad Cunningham. Curt gives us the low-down on the Burt Reynolds movie that is shooting in Knoxville this summer and Chad gives us an update on his feature film as a result of winning the 7-Day. I also reveal another genre for the upcoming 7-Day Shootout!

May 20, 2016

Keith McDaniel, Documentary Filmmaker and Executive Director of the Knoxville Film Festival, talks indie filmmaking in East Tennessee. His guest for this episode are Jacob Boyd and Mitch Moore.

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