All the Marbles
Ever tried to make a three-minute film? Ever tried to do it in just 10 hours? That's the challenge of the fourth annual Marble City 10-Hour Film Festival—start work at 8 a.m., shoot and edit all day long, and pit your final cut against other teams.
The festival starts at 8 a.m. at Market Square on Saturday, June 21, when contestants will be assigned a genre and three story elements that must be worked into the film. The movies must be submitted between 6-8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, where the films will be shown starting at 7:30. First prize is $500. Entry fee is $50 per team in advance, $60 the day of the festival. A kickoff party will be held on Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at World Grotto. Visit marblecityfilmfestival.com for more information
Pick and Grin
Guitarist Steve Kaufman's annual series of acoustic concerts, linked to his annual instructional camps in Maryville, started this week and continues through Saturday, June 21. The 13th edition of the concert series will include several performances by Kaufman, a three-time national flatpicking champion, and dozens of all-star guests, including Scottish folk guitarist Tony McManus, Grammy-nominated Nashville player Russ Barenberg, and Italian picker Beppe Gambetta.
The concerts are held Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Maryville College Alumni Gym. Tickets are $13-$20. Visit acoustic-kamp.com for a full schedule.
The new 10 Years album, Division, has already exceeded the chart position of its 2005 predecessor in just three weeks of release. Division debuted at number 12 on Billboard's album chart in late May. The disc has dropped to number 76 after three weeks, but the top-15 opening spot is a considerable improvement over the band's previous peak position—number 72, with 2005's The Autumn Effect. Division went to number two on the modern-rock chart, and its first single, "Beautiful," topped out at 14 among modern-rock tracks.
They Called the Highway Thunder Road
The Summer Movie Magic series at the Tennessee Theatre starts later this month with a 50th-anniversary screening of the classic 1958 moonshining movie Thunder Road, starring Robert Mitchum and set, in part, near Knoxville, at 3 and 7 p.m. Mitchum's son, James Mitchum, who played the younger brother of Mitchum's whiskey-running Lucas Doolin, is scheduled to make an appearance at the theater alongside a collection of mid-'50s cars from the Antique Automobile Club of America.
The series continues with Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch on June 28 and 29, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo on July 11 and 13, Grease on July 25 and 27, It Happened One Night on August 8 and 10, and Gone With the Wind on August 22 and 24. Tickets are $8, $6 for children 12 and under and seniors. Series tickets are also available for $40.50 ($30 for children and seniors). (Matthew Everett)