announcement (2008-09)

Metro Pulse & Knoxville Films to Co-Host East TN Video Gallery

â“Weâ’re excited about the new interactivity of our new website and in particular with our collaboration with Knoxville Filmsâ” says Coury Turczyn, Editor of Metro Pulse.

Announcing Call-For-Submissions To Area Filmmakers

Metro Pulse and Knoxville Films are pleased to announce a new collaboration. In April, Metro Pulse will debut a complete redesign of its popular website, A new component of its online presence will be a brand-new video gallery, curated by Knoxville Films.

This new gallery will showcase the work of area filmmakers. Beginning immediately, filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work to be featured on this site. Inclusion there will offer increased visibility and exposure for their work. For details visit the Gallery Submission Guidelines .

In addition to highlighting local filmmakers, animators, and documentary filmmakers, the new video gallery will offer student filmmakers a place to showcase their work. As curator of the video gallery, Knoxville Films will reach out to the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College to encourage student submissions. High school and other college students are also encouraged to submit their work to the site.

â“This is a tremendous opportunity for filmmakers, artists, and students to showcase their work locally, regionally, and internationallyâ” says Michael Samstag, Co-Founder of Knoxville Films.

In the near future, the collaboration between Metro Pulse and Knoxville Films will expand to a regional and on-line film festival. The submissions to this new festival will be judged by online viewers of the co-hosted gallery in a similar fashion to American Idol. Details will be announced on the new gallery page at both and

The new video gallery will be just one of many new components of Metro Pulseâ’s updated website. The new site will have a strong focus on original online content, bloggers, and an overall increased community involvement in the site.

â“Weâ’re excited about the new interactivity of our new website and in particular with our collaboration with Knoxville Filmsâ” says Coury Turczyn, Editor of Metro Pulse.

About Knoxville Films

Knoxville Films was formed in order to promote the arts in East Tennessee. The organization is made up of filmmakers, painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers and actors whose aim is to spotlight the creative hot bed of the East Tennessee region. The website, is a blog about filmmaking and the collaborative arts, written by filmmakers. The group created the weekly podcast, Dinner For 2, featuring area filmmakers and artists discussing their work. Each week it was filmed in a different Knoxville hot spot.

Knoxville Films is a proud supporter of the TiPTOE 10-Hour Film Festival and the Secret City Film Festival and has worked with local and regional organizations to lobby the Tennessee Legislature to secure the $10 million film incentive fund, which has just been rolled into its second year by Gov. Bredesen.

About Metro Pulse

For over 15 years, Metro Pulse has been Knoxville's indispensable guide to local issues, culture, entertainment, and personalities. Metro Pulse's high standards for writing and design have been honored with 13 awards by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, including first-place finishes for feature story, media reporting, political reporting, food writing, and editorial layout. Its staff strives to give Knoxvillians a view of their city they won't find anywhere else.

In 2007, Metro Pulse was purchased by E.W. Scripps Company, which also owns several other local media outlets, including Knoxville's daily newspaper, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Shopper News, Skirt Magazine, and Knoxville Magazine as well as Scripps Networks, which is headquartered in Knoxville.


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