The Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival screens documentary shorts, features, historical and narrative films for the campus and community. It is a place for students, faculty, filmmakers, photographers, and the general public to share in stories and consider important issues facing the region and the world. Past festivals have featured Academy Award-winning filmmakers and compelling new documentary projects.
Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Phoenix Theatre, Henderson Humanities Building
9:00 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Theme: Extraordinary Stories and the People Who Tell Them
9:00 – 9:50 Film Block I: Meet the Filmmakers
After an exceptional career as an advertising creative (Got Milk?, Nike, Snapple beverages), Amy Nicholson of NYC became an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her funny and engaging films have been audience favorites at festivals across the nation. Seattle-based cinematographer, John Harrison, has his MFA from USC’s preeminent film program. His work has screened at some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and has even been nominated for an Academy Award. Hear them discuss their work and screen trailers from their films. This block includes a screening of Harrison’s short, God’s Highway.
10:00 – 10:50 Film Block II: The Heartland Series
Meet the WBIR producer of the acclaimed Heartland Series, Steve Dean, the recipient of Carson-Newman’s 2017 Outstanding Educational Service to Appalachia Award. In addition to Dean, Doug Mills, the series’ long-time videographer, and Linda Billman, one of the writers for the series, will join the discussion of this beloved regional program. Hear Heartland stories from the past 20 years, and watch some of the series’ best moments.
11:00 – 11:50 Film Block III: Art and Cinema
These short films explore the stories of artists and the arts, including Forging the Future with the Tip of the Pen, Beauty School, and The Outsider: The Art of Robert Feuge, and Underneath. Then watch the extraordinary story, Armlessness, and visit with the filmmakers.
1:00 – 2:50 Film Block IV: Special Features
Watch the Academy Award nominated short, Kavi, which tells a compelling story of human trafficking with the film’s director of cinematography. Then enjoy the documentary feature Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride in which long-time carnival ride operators lock horns with developers over the future of one of the world’s most famous amusement parks. It is followed by Q & A with director Amy Nicholson. Students/faculty may slip in and out depending on class schedule.
4:00 – 5:00 Film Block V: Bono Meets The Message
This block begins with Time To Listen, powerful stories of homelessness, and then features The Psalms and discussion between U2’s Bono and Eugene Peterson, the writer of The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Q&A with the filmmaker John Harrison follows the screening.
5:15 – 6:30 Reception at The Creek
Meet the guest filmmakers and enjoy food sponsored by the CNU Film Program.
7:00 – 8:45 Film Block VI: Student and Professional Shorts - CLW Credit
Walk the red carpet and watch the premiere of a number of Carson-Newman student films, including two films produced in filmmaker Keith McDaniel’s class, The Scout directed by Maranda Vandergriff and Premonition directed by David Craig. Then watch Left Undone, a film by professional cinematographer John Harrison from Seattle, and Pickle, a hilarious short by New York director Amy Nicholson. Ask Harrison and Nicholson your questions following the screening, and hear their responses to Carson-Newman students’ work.
Space is limited for this screening. Arrive early to ensure entry.