KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library team up for Lights! Camera! East Tennessee, a celebration of film in our community.

Lights! Camera! East Tennessee chronicles Knoxville’s contributions to film, from the promotion of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope in 1895 to its use as a location for major productions currently in development.

Learn about Knoxvillians who made Hollywood history — such as Clarence Brown, a graduate of Knoxville High School and the University of Tennessee. Brown became one of MGMs most prominent film directors. Also, see why James Agee, known today as the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, was better known as a film critic and screen writer. 

Lights! Camera! East Tennessee will also spotlight the numerous actors from East Tennessee who became Hollywood A-listers and the variety of films that were shot in East Tennessee including A Walk in the Spring Rain in 1970 and That Evening Sun in 2009, both of which premiered in Knoxville. 

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For more information visit Lights! Camera! East Tennessee webpage.