Documentary gives inspirational look at Knox County high school

Documentary gives inspirational look at Knox County high school teacher

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For more than two decades, Jim Kennedy has been the driving force behind Powell High Schools Choir. For more than two decades, Jim Kennedy has been the driving force behind Powell High Schools Choir.
"The documentary is the story about the passion that one man has and the effect that it has had on literally thousands of people," said filmmaker Nathan Hinkley. "The documentary is the story about the passion that one man has and the effect that it has had on literally thousands of people," said filmmaker Nathan Hinkley.
By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  A new documentary is taking movie goers inside a year in the life of the Powell Singers. 

For more than two decades, Jim Kennedy has been the driving force behind Powell High Schools Choir.

"The documentary is the story about the passion that one man has and the effect that it has had on literally thousands of people," said filmmaker Nathan Hinkley.

Hinkley and his siblings are among those thousands. It was that impact that drove them to make this documentary.

The movie gives a look inside a high school choir, but even more it looks at the bond Kennedy helped create. A bond that didn't always come easy.

"He demanded so much of you," said Hinkley. "It wasn't an easy class. He wants the best from you."

Kennedy himself says he wasn't always aware of the impact he was having while it was happening. In fact, it wasn't until he watched the trailer for the film that it really became clear.

"I just burst into tears when I started watching some of the comments of former students," said Kennedy.

Kennedy says this documentary is bigger than just him and the choir. It shows a side of teaching that he says people need to see right now.

"It can be overwhelming the amount of extra work we have to do just to keep our job," said Kennedy. "This is the side of the story that the teachers are crying out for the people to listen to. It's the part that you really can't score."

That's what keeps Kennedy coming back each year and it's what he hopes will bring people out to see this movie.

The film will premiere Tuesday night at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets click here.

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