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UPIKE hosts Film and Media Arts Festival

March 30, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville Film & Media Arts program is holding the third annual film festival on Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8, in Booth Auditorium. The festival is hosted by students in the university’s film festival class. More than 50 films from across the country by professionals and college, high and middle school students will be screened.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday and films will be shown throughout the day. The first day of the festival will include screenings of middle school students, high school films, an Appalshop showcase, a UPIKE student films showcase, and a late night segment of scary films. Panels led by UPIKE staff and students are also scheduled throughout Friday morning and include one on documentary filmmaking and one on creating comic books with award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Christopher Epling.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with documentaries on international issues, followed by tristate vanguard, short documentaries and college narratives. Four feature length documentaries will be screened in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. “West Virginia My Home, My Music” will be screened first which discusses the rich music history of the state followed by “The Battle for Brandon,” an inspiring faith-based documentary about a basketball coach who must help his son overcome child-onset paranoid schizophrenia. The world premiere of a regional documentary, “Killing Coal Country” will be held at 5:15 p.m. The film tells the story of the coal industry’s decline from the perspective of the miners.

Saturday evening will close with the Kentucky premiere of “The Breaks: Centuries of Struggle” at 7:30 p.m. This UPIKE-produced documentary presents a chronological history of the Breaks, commonly known as the “Grand Canyon of the South,” beginning nearly 250 years ago. In addition to having a world-class celebrity narrator, the film represents contributions from nearly a dozen professors from five different institutions. It features a rich selection of music produced by talented faculty from the world-renowned Blue Grass, Old Time and Country Music program at East Tennessee State University. It showcases an array of special effects produced by an Emmy award nominated motion design artist. This film has also garnered support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, among others.

Admission to the event is free. For more information and a complete schedule visit

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