Film Programming

15+ Feature Films / 50+ Shorts / Visiting Artists, Curators & Installations

For the third year, Big Ears continues to expand film programming and collaboration with The Public Cinema, a Knoxville-based group dedicated to sharing vital works of contemporary American and international film. Films will be screened at the Knoxville Museum of Art, the downtown Regal Riviera Stadium 8 Theater, and the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, with several cinema-related live events presented during the festival weekend. All film events will be open to Big Ears pass holders, with a “film program only” ticketing option on sale now.

View more details here.

Big Ears Festival film programming is made possible by support from Regal Entertainment GroupVisit KnoxvilleTennessee Department of Tourism, and the University of Tennessee School of Art.

12-Hour Drone: All Night Flight

The Standard / 416 W. Jackson Ave. / Sunday, March 25 / 12am – 12pm

Prepare for a transcendent evening of sustained sound exploration at 12-Hour Drone: All Night Flight, an immersive new experience featuring 19 genre-defying artists at The Standard from midnight on Saturday to noon on Sunday during the festival weekend. Experimenting with continuous tones and repetition through vocals or instrumentation, artists and listeners alike will be transported to a meditative space pushing the boundaries of time, genre, and music itself.

A nod to pioneering minimalist composer Terry Riley’s project by the same name, All Night Flight will feature performances by Anna RG, B|_ank, Ben Shemie (of Suuns), Coupler, David Daniell, Debtors Prism, Dream Chambers, Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel, Eli Keszler, Eve Maret, Gamelan Gongs, Jessica Moss (of Silver Mt. Zion), Joseph Yarmush (of Suuns), Lambda Celsius, Palatheda, Steve Gunn, Susan Alcorn, The Black Twig Pickers, Travis Morgan, and Walsh.

View the full schedule here.

Pillows, yoga mats, sleeping bags, blankets, and snacks are encouraged – whatever necessary to keep you comfortable during this communal experience.

All Night Flight will be free to all Big Ears pass holders and $10 for the general public, with tickets on sale Friday, February 16 at 10am ET.

We are grateful to the Basilica Hudson team, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Le Guess Who? for their guidance and inspiration.

Appalachian Homecoming Curated by Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth

Old Time Jams / Percussive Dance / Fiddlers Convention / Old Harp Singing

Thursday, March 22

Join us for a square dance on Market Square (or as it is lovingly called in Knoxville, the “Square on the Square”) with Knoxville caller Stan Sharp alongside Anna Roberts-Gevalt and percussive dancer Becky Hill. Be on the look-out for Big Ears artist pickers making a surprise appearance to join in with Knoxville’s all-star string band, The A Four Forties. After the Square on the Square, head to the Jig & Reel for a late night old time jam hosted by Anna & Elizabeth, which will continue till the early hours of the morning… 

Friday, March 23

Anna Roberts-Gevalt welcomes players to join an Eternal Jam noon-6pm on Market Square with a rotating cast of pickers. Bring your instrument and jam with Big Ears artists and special guests, then head back to the Jig & Reel Friday night for another late night session, this time with an Irish flavor, led by Sam Amidon & Cleek Schrey.

Saturday, March 24 

Sam Amidon will lead a morning sing at the Knoxville Museum of Art with Old Harp singers from around the region. The Eternal Jam will be kicking again noon-6pm on Market Square. And as dusk falls, over 30 players will convene on Market Square to pick and play in Big Ears’ first Fiddler’s Convention. Jam with us during the day, and join as fiddlers invade Market Square as night falls. 

More details to come.