2017 BIG EARS FILM PROGRAM

All of our programming at Big Ears is accessible with a Film Programming Pass (only $50 + fees) or with any other festival pass.

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Look and Learn, Parts 1 and 3

Look and Learn (Parts 1 and 3)

By Janie Geiser

Excavates the visual vocabulary we use to operate the daily material world.

March 23-26 · KMA

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Open Ended (2017)

Open Ended

Directed by Kevin Jerome Everson

The materiality of life, light, gesture, and decay.

UT Downtown Gallery

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Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Spalding Gray searches for “the perfect moment.”

March 23 · TN Theatre · 2:00 P.M.

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Benjamin Smoke (2000)

Benjamin Smoke (2000)

Dir. by Jem Cohen

What is the sound of the queer southern blues?

March 23 · Regal Riviera · 3:45 P.M.

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Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (2016)

Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids (2016)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

A very rare theatrical screening.

March 23 · TN Theatre · 9:30 P.M.

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Stop Making Sense (1984)

Stop Making Sense (1984)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

“We didn’t want any of the bullshit. We didn’t want the clichés.”

March 23 · TN Theatre · 11:15 P.M.

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Who Am I This Time? (1982)

Who Am I This Time? (1982)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Sparks fly between Harry and Helene, but is it only an act?

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 10:00 A.M.

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Another Telepathic Thing (2015)

Another Telepathic Thing (2015)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

An endearingly raw document of a performance by Big Dance Theater.

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 11:15 A.M.

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Melvin and Howard (1980)

Melvin and Howard (1980)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Struggling dreamer Melvin might have just met Howard Hughes.

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 1:00 P.M.

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Roger Beebe

Films for One to Eight Projectors

Directed by Roger Beebe

An immersive audio/visual experience.

March 24 · KMA · 1:15 P.M.

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Farrebique (1946)

Farrebique (1946)

Dir. by Georges Roquier

North American premiere of restoration. In celebration of James Agee.

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 3:00 P.M.

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The Agee Amble

Immediately Following Farrebique

A walking tour, with some surprises (and drinks) along the way.

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 5:00 P.M.

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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

The best thriller since the days of Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang.

March 24 · Regal Riviera · 5:30 P.M.

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Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

Storefront Hitchcock (1998)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Robyn Hitchcock ambles through stories and songs.

March 25 · TN Theatre · 10:00 A.M.

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Instrument (2003)

Instrument (2003)

Directed by Jem Cohen

A rough-hewn portrait of musicians at work.

March 25 · Regal Riviera · 10:00 A.M.

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Duck Amuck (1953)

Flicker & Wow Kids!

Free and open to the public!

A family-friendly intro to film and animation, both new and old.

March 25 · KMA · 10:30 A.M.

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The Surface Below

Short Films by Kevin Jerome Everson

Eight films with an interest in digging beneath the surface.

March 25 · KMA · 12:15 P.M.

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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Kym, just out of rehab, threatens to ruin her sister’s big day.

March 25 · Regal Riviera · 1:00 P.M.

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Double Vision

Short Films by Janie Geiser

Recent work by one of America’s premier experimental filmmakers.

March 25 · KMA · 2:00 P.M.

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Something Wild (1986)

Something Wild (1986)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Lulu is not who she seems, but as we come to learn, neither is Charlie.

March 25 · Regal Riviera · 3:45 P.M.

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World Without End (No Reported Incidents) (2016)

World Without End (No Reported Incidents) (2016)

Directed by Jem Cohen

Everyday streets, everyday birds, unflagging tides, mud, and sky.

March 25 · Regal Riviera · 6:15 P.M.

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Museum Hours (2012)

Museum Hours (2012)

Directed by Jem Cohen

Two adrift strangers find refuge in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum.

March 26 · Regal Riviera · 9:45 A.M.

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Book of Days (1989)

Book of Days (1989)

Directed by Meredith Monk

A “film for the ears” by the always inventive Meredith Monk

March 26 · TN Theatre · 10:00 A.M.

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Cousin Bobby (1992)

Cousin Bobby (1992)

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Demme’s rarely seen portrait of an Episcopal priest in Harlem.

March 26 · Regal Riviera · 12:00P.M.

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Flicker & Wow 1

Short Film Program

Six films about creativity and the digital/analog divide.

March 26 · KMA · 1:30 P.M.

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Lost Book Found (1996)

Lost Book Found (1996)

Directed by Jem Cohen

Melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life.

March 26 · Regal Riviera · 3:00 P.M.

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Flicker & Wow 2

Short Film Program

Six films that start and stutter and stutter and stop.

March 26 · KMA · 4:00 P.M.

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ABOUT BIG EARS

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.

2016 film highlights included:

  • 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

Press Roundup

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

Matt Grady and a Factory of Greats” — interview with Factory 25 founder at Keyframe

Big Ears Festival Resists Commercial and Genre Constraints” — New York Times

Embrace Everything” — The New Yorker

Big Ears 2016 Gathers Thousands in Pursuit of Drone” — Rolling Stone

A Festival Where All Genres Are Welcome” — The Wall Street Journal