Documentary Team to Hit Knoxville for Big Ears

The Big Ears music festival is returning to downtown Knoxville (March 28-30) after a four-year hiatus. Apparently, that downtime hasn't diminished memories of its remarkable performances—not only has there been lots of buzz around the new edition, but it has also inspired a team of documentary filmmakers to descend upon Knoxville. Sam Stephenson and Ivan Weiss (who operate as Rock Fish Stew) plan to spend a month and a half prior to the festival to interview musicians, organizers, and local residents; then, during the festival, its settings and audiences will also become part of their documentary. "Additionally, as the city and its two majestic, turn-of-the-century downtown theaters are so central to [Ashley] Capps' vision, we will engage Knoxville and seek parallels and correspondences between the music and the space," they write on their project page at the Southern Documentary Fund. (Yes, they're accepting donations.) You can check their progress documenting Knoxville at their blog page at