The TN10 Best of the Best Filmmaking Challenge is new to the Knoxville Film Festival this year. Conceived to take Tennessee filmmaking to the next level, Tennessee filmmakers were encouraged to apply to compete in this challenge. More than 20 Tennessee filmmakers applied and a panel of out-of-state judges narrowed the field to 10. These ten filmmakers were given 90 days to create a 12-18 minute short narrative film. Each filmmaker was given a Theme, prop and visual element to include in their film. The following films, listed in the order in which they will be screened, are the results of their efforts. Each should be congratulated for their fine work.

FILM BLOCK 7 – FRIDAY, SEPT. 15 – 7 PM – THEATRES 1 & 2

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I AM THE SPARROW

Edy Recendez

It's hard being a Superhero, but it's even harder impersonating one.

 

PROSE

Brian Peery

A man is forced into a journey of self discovery after he comes home to his unfaithful wife.

 

GAME OF LIFE

Cody Rogers

In a universe where everyone’s life is controlled like a game, two men are dealt a bad hand.

 

HELL FOLLOWED WITH HIM

Jeremy Lowery

Mafia Hitman, Michael Reese, strives to provide for his family.  His latest target, however, forces him to confront his past and the hell that follows with him.

 

WHIPPORWILL

Tyler Hays

A young father must find a way to live out his final days with love and intention as he accepts the toll of an untimely disease.

15-Minute Intermission

 

THE ORDER

Chad Cunningham

Three young scouts have been selected for a prestigious opportunity, but as they struggle to prove themselves, they realize nothing is what it seems.

 

I JUST WANT TO BE A HERO

Stephen Ballast

After the arrival of an unexpected visitor, two brothers decide they need to run away to avoid being separated.  Will it be enough to stop the inevitable?

OUT OF THE GROUND

Barrett Burgin

In a time of global turmoil, scientists Clay and Terra have left society to build a machine that will regenerate all human life. However, when this machine begins to make their daughter sick, Clay is forced to choose between his family and the fate of the world. 

 

THE CURRENT

Jamison Stalsworth

In 1944, George Stinney Jr. was charged with a double homicide and sentenced to death by the state of South Carolina.  At 14 years of age, he was the youngest person to be sentenced to death in the United States.  "The Current" revisits the true story of George, his family, and one of the darkest cases in the annals of the criminal justice system.

SELF CONTROL

Matt Brewster

A man's internal struggles are on full display as he attempts to find favor with his office crush.