Oak Ridge CVB (Secret City)
KNOXVILLE, TN - Local Filmmaker Keith McDaniel will be featured in January on East Tennessee PBS (ETPBS) with the debut of a new television program and the premiere of two new documentary films.
The television program, TENNESSEE FILMMAKER WITH KEITH MCDANIEL, will debut Sunday, January 8th at 3 pm. The tv show is a monthly, one-hour program that features interviews with independent filmmakers from across the state of Tennessee. Hosted and produced by McDaniel, the program will also screen films by the guests.
McDaniel said, "I am so excited to be able to allow viewers a unique opportunity to get to know these incredibly talented artists and to showcase the work of these filmmakers." He added, "These are films you won't see at the movie theater and, as you will see on the show, these filmmakers have a passion to tell stories that are not only technically astute, but powerful and entertaining."
The first episode of TENNESSEE FILMMAKER WITH KEITH MCDANIEL will feature East Tennessee filmmakers Mitch Moore and Leigh Ann Jernigan as well as Emmy-nominated Nashville documentarian Zac Adams. A new episode will be broadcast the second Sunday of each month at 3 pm.
Also on January 8th, beginning at 6 pm, ETPBS will premiere McDaniel's new 30-minute documentary film ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: 40 YEARS OF CLASS. McDaniel produced the film in honor of Roane State's 40th anniversary. The film traces Roane State from its humble beginnings in 1971 through its four-decade history. It features interviews with all four Roane State presidents as well as a number of former and current faculty, staff and students.
The third project from McDaniel will premiere Thursday, January 26th at 9:30 pm with a second airing on Sunday, January 29th at 7:30 pm.
VALLEY OF INDEPENDENCE is McDaniel's latest documentary. The film, which was produced in 2011 for the Grainger County Historic Society, traces the history of Grainger County, Tennessee, from the late 1700's through the completion of Cherokee Dam in 1941. Grainger County Historian Ken Coffey, who is featured prominently in the 30-minute documentary, said, "We are so pleased to have East Tennessee's premiere documentary filmmaker tell our story. This is something we have wanted for a long time and couldn't be happier with the film. Mr. McDaniel did a fantastic job."
Russ Manning, Director of Programming for ETPBS, said, "We are excited to add to our broadcast schedule the latest work from Keith McDaniel. We at ETPBS are always interested in telling great stories of East Tennessee history as well as showcasing the work of local artists. Keith has done both and we are looking forward to presenting his work to our viewers."
McDaniel, a native of East Tennessee, is an award-winning documentarian whose feature films include THE CLINTON 12 and SECRET CITY: THE OAK RIDGE STORY. He is also the founder and director of the Secret City Film Festival held each Fall in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.