A PSA about Art created by Knoxville Films.

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Iamsamtoo writes:

OMG, this is horribly cheese, and not in a campy entertaining sort of way. Is a commercial for this website really considered "film."

jeff writes:

What a great PSA! I hope the Knoxville Films guys create more of these. It's nice to see that someone cares about artists in East Tennessee. These folks are trying to bring attention to our artistic community.

Imagine what they could do with a budget.

Iamsamtoo writes:

No, they are trying to bring attention to some website... did you even watch the video?

jeff writes:

1. Yes I watched the video, you obviously did not.

2. Knoxville Films (if you have seen any of the ads in the print edition of MP) is curating this very video gallery along with Metro Pulse. They also created all of the Dinner For 2 episodes in the gallery. I watched every one of them when they were available on iTunes. Check 'em out sometime. They are all about East Tennessee artists, musicians and filmmakers.

3. If I'm not mistaken, "Art" is played by writer/director, Brooks Benjamin. I think his indie-feature "The Boys of Summerville" premiered at Regal Downtown West a few weeks ago.

4. "No, they are trying to bring attention to some website..."

The website is all about artists and their work. It is run by a couple of area filmmakers, for no money, because they want to help bring positive attention to the arts in this area. is the address of Knoxville Films.

Knoxville Films is a few people trying to do something noble.

Iamsamtoo writes:

If I did not watch it, how did I come to the conclusion that the video is a commercial for a website. The video ends with support Knoxville Films.

The idea of the video started OK, by claiming we need to support the Arts, but its resolution presents that by supporting a website, you can thus revive local arts. I went to the website and it seems to be a blog with mostly camera reviews and a few local things sprinkled in it (at least the first couple of pages).

I did not find this a proper proposed solution for supporting the arts and came to the conclusion that the video is more geared towards supporting a website rather the arts.

Being that you are so informed on the works of this website, I can only presume you are either from the website or at least have relations with them, which explains your blind admiration for this video.

Anyhow. I can have my opinion, and you can have yours. Have a nice day.

KnoxvilleFilms writes:

Speaking for Knoxville Films directly, we are a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and promote the arts in East Tennessee.

We do this primarily by publicizing the works of local artists through posts and our calendar. We also post information for local crew positions and auditions, give volunteer and financial support to the 10-Hour Film Festival and the Secret City Film Festival, and one day we hope to create fund for artists in need of financial assistance.

We do all of this for fun and to help out our fellow artists however we can. Sometimes it's just a little humor, sometimes it's technical advice, and many times it's giving much needed production experience to up and coming filmmakers.

We shot this PSA for fun and as a training opportunity for others. We hope you like it but if you didn't, that's OK too.

Thanks for taking the time to watch and leave your feedback.

Michael Samstag
President & Founder
Knoxville Films

jeff writes:

Michael said it better than I could have. I do know these guys (Knoxville is a pretty small production community) and have followed them since their original iWeb site.

My reaction, in part, was due to the "horribly cheese" comment. Michael is right, if you don't like it, that's fine. Knoxville Films is trying to do something good but you can't please all the people all the time.

I wish you the best of days, as well.

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