Now Playing: “South Park” producers Eric Stough and Frank Agnone, appearing at Knoxville Film and Music Festival
BY MIKE GIBSON, THE SCRUFFINGTON POST
As a kid growing up in Evergreen, Col., obsessed with movies and TV, Eric Stough’s dream job was to work on the Muppet Show. What he got instead was sort of the stoner-funhouse version of the that childhood dream, landing a gig as co-producer of South Park, everyone’s favorite absurdist black-comic animated hit about foul-mouthed little kids living in a sleepy mountain town.
“It really is a dream come true to work with people of that level of creativity,” Stough says, in a recent phone interview. “Going to work every day is like hanging out with your friends.”
It probably seems that way because Stough truly is “hanging out with friends” when he arrives at the South Park studio every day. SP co-creator Trey Parker is a childhood pal, dating back to junior high school days in Evergreen. And he met SP’s other creator, Matt Stone, a few years later, in college; Stone appeared in Stough’s senior thesis film.
Hollywood culture visits the Scruffy City
BY CHELSEA FAULKNER , STAFF WRITER, THE DAILY BEACON
Published: Wed Jun 11, 2014
Celebrating its fifth year, the Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival has expanded into a two-week celebration of not only film, but music and production.
Now the Knoxville Film and Music Festival, the exhibition draws large crowds to Scruffy City Hall from all corners of the country and beyond to celebrate artistic ingenuity from an array of genres.
The festivities coalesced into a jubilant froth this past weekend, filling Scruffy City Hall to capacity Saturday evening for the Band Eat Band competition and offering an abundant variety of local film and musical options.
The fun has only just begun, said festival director Michael Samstag.
‘Papaya’ Brings the Party to Knoxville
Words by Brittany Norvell | The Waster
The world premiere of “Papaya: Make Some Noise!” will debut June 12th at this year’s Knoxville Film & Music Festival. The documentary covers the wildly fun summer long beach party, affectionately knows as Papaya. Nestled next to the Adriatic Sea on the beautiful Zrće Beach on the island of Pag, Croatia, Papaya brings together some of the worlds greatest EDM DJ’s. The yearly event now boasts crowds of more than 500,000 music lovers each season coming from all over the world for a one of a kind concert experience.
Now Playing: “Led Zeppelin Played Here”, screening at Scruffy City Hall w/ the Knoxville Film and Music Festival
BY MIKE GIBSON | THE SCRUFFINGTON POST
Maryland native Jeff Krulik is a former Discovery Channel producer, and he has a long history as an independent filmmaker, with a vast oeuvre of movies exploring the weird fringes of subculture in the United States.
But the Krulik film that most people will recognize is the 1986 underground phenomenon Heavy Metal Parking Lot, a documentary about teenage tailgaters outside of a Judas Priest concert at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md. That may change soon, though, because Kulik’s latest full-length feature, Led Zeppelin Played Here, has the makings of a new cult classic.
LZPH is, at once, a documentary, a mystery, and a meditation on how the cultural institution known as the Rock Concert became ascendant. Through a combination of found footage and interviews, the movie looks to uncover the truth behind a local legend, following the cold trail of a decades-old rumor that the infamous heavy rock juggernaut Led Zeppelin played one of its earliest shows at a tiny Wheaton, Md. community center, a few miles north of Washington, D.C.
Live and Breathing team showcases music videos at Knoxville Film & Music Fest
By Steve Wildsmith | The Daily Times
One thing Justin Glanville noticed about music, as an off-and-on musician himself and a fan of it — the energy a band gives off during intimate practice sessions was a different thing altogether than the showmanship exuded on stage.
In front of a live audience, bands don’t just play songs; they banter with the crowd, gently direct fans to the merchandise table, take requests, deal with hecklers and try to build and maintain a level of energy that will propel the show to heights of greatness. Take away the audience, and the focus shifts entirely to the song, and that fascinated Glanville.
Q&A: Documentary Filmmaker Scott Colthorp
By Coury Turczyn | Metro Pulse
For many years, director Scott Colthorp’s Atmosphere Pictures created beautiful images out of its Old City offices for national clients such as HGTV, A&E, Discovery Channel, Lifetime, History Channel, and more. These days, his base of operations is mostly in Brooklyn, where he can be found working 16-hour days, but he still spends time in Knoxville. (“My drive from NYC to Knoxville is where I often find my peace,” he says.) Much of his professional production work has been for hire, but in 2011 he made his first documentary, Trek Nation, an examination of how Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek has affected people’s lives.
For his newest personal project, Blackout: On Swan Pond, he returned to East Tennessee—but worlds away from pop culture. Blackout looks at the impact of TVA’s 2008 ash spill in Kingston, both environmentally and on residents in the Swan Pond community. One aspect that made the project both easier and more complicated is that TVA is also a client of Colthorp’s—so, while he was able to gain access to the utility company, he had to overcome skepticism from residents in order to document a full picture of the crisis.