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The Clarence Brown Film Festival celebrates the revered film director with a five day festival to be held in downtown Knoxville, August 16-20


Melony Dodson talks with Eric Dawson, assistant director for the McClung Collection, and keyboardists, Roger Miller and Ron Carter, who will provide live accompaniment for two of Clarence Brown's silent films being shown as part of the Clarence Brown Film Festival held in downtown Knoxville

The Knox County Public Library invite the public to attend the Clarence Brown Film Festival, August 16-20 in downtown Knoxville. The festival will take place alongside the annual History Hootenany held at the East Tennessee History Center, and will feature tours, discussions, and film screenings...some with live musical accompaniment provided by keyboardists Ron Carter and Roger Miller. Films to be shown include Smouldering Fires (1925), National Velvet (1944), The Yearling (1946), Anna Karenina (1935), The Signal Tower (1924), Intruder in the Dust (1949), and The Eagle (1925). The festival kicks off on Wednesday, August 16 at 5:30pm in Happy Holler at Central Flats and Taps with a walking tour of Brown's childhood neighborhood. Gwenda Young, author of "Clarence Brown: Hollywood's Forgotten Master" will deliver the keynote address and introduce several films. Claude Jarman Jr., star of "The Yearling" and "Intruder in the Dust" will be present to discuss his experiences as a child actor in some of Clarence Brown's most successful films. Other exhibits will be on display at the Museum of East Tennessee History (601 S. Gay Street).

Learn more about Clarence Brown and his impact on the film industry in this interview with Eric Dawson, Assistant Director for the McClung Collection.
Learn more about how keyboardists Roger Miller and Ron Carter provide accompaniment for silent films. What is their process for composing the music? What are they looking for in the movie? How and why did they fall in love with this unique art form?

This festival is free an open to the public. Additional information and a detailed schedule of events can be found here: https://www.knoxcountylibrary.org/clarence-brown-film-festival

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.