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Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival set for March 28

Campus News | March 21, 2018

Filmmaker Steve James will headline this year's Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival. The event will feature James' film "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," which earned nomination this year for an Oscar.

(March 21, 2018) – Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Steve James will be a special guest at Carson-Newman University’s annual Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival on Wednesday, March 28. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Phoenix Theatre, located in Henderson Humanities Building.

"Documentary Storytelling" is the theme for this year's edition of the arts festival, according to Dr. Mark Borchert, director of the C-N film program. James, who was nominated this year for an Oscar for his documentary film "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" which will screen at 1 p.m. on the day of the festival, will be sharing several of his films throughout the day. James is also well-known for his 1996 documentary film “Hoop Dreams.”

The festival will also feature a number of films from both Carson-Newman alumni and students including some films created from this past fall's documentary filmmaking class.

The Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival screens documentary shorts and feature 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.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

A complete schedule and film descriptions can be found at: cn.edu/filmfest

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts university located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The University has over 2,500 students and offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees.