Celebrating Artistic Creation

The Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts. In 2016, AC Entertainment partnered with The Public Cinema to expand the film program at Big Ears.

2017 film highlights:

  • Jonathan Demme: Life is Performance/Performance is Life, an 11-film retrospective
  • Kevin Jerome Everson: Premiere installation and shorts program
  • Janie Geiser: Premiere installation and shorts program
  • Jem Cohen: Premiere multimedia performances and 5-film retrospective
  • Roger Beebe: Films for One to Eight Projectors
  • North American premiere of restoration of Georges Roquier’s Farrebique (1946)
  • 35mm screening of Meredith Monk’s Book of Days (1989)
  • Three experimental short film programs

2016 film highlights:

  • Two experimental short film programs, including the world premiere of Bill Morrison’s The Dockworker’s Dream
  • Screening of Heart of a Dog and Q&A with Laurie Anderson
  • 10-film retrospective of independent film distributor Factory 25
  • World premiere installation and screening by Shambhavi Kaul
  • 35mm screening of Sun Ra’s Space is the Place
  • Screening and performance of Jodie Mack’s Let Your Light Shine

Film Press Roundup

“Taking over cozy nightclubs, state-of-the-art concert halls, a centuries-old cathedral, the city’s modern art museum and a recently renovated 90-year-old movie palace, Big Ears casts Knoxville as a world-class entertainment town — accommodating to any and every scale of performance or projection, as well as our demands that art be challenging and immersive. In only its second year, the film line-up already feels like a vital complement to the tenor of the festival as a whole.” — Filmmaker Magazine (Summer 2017, print only)

Learning to Let Go: The Beauty of The Big Ears Festival” —

This Must Be the Place” — Keyframe

Kevin Jerome Everson” — Bomb Magazine

In Conversation with Roger Beebe” — The Brooklyn Rail

Big Ears Opens Its Eyes: The Public Cinema at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival” — Filmmaker Magazine

Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival, the Avant-Garde SXSW, Adds a Film Program” — Brooklyn Magazine

In Conversation with Shambhavi Kaul” — The Brooklyn Rail