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Don’t Put Off Today, What You Might Not Be Around For Tomorrow

BY MATT PFEIFFER
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

On August 10th, 2014 Matt Pfeiffer’s life was changed forever, when in the span of 24 hours, he lost both his father and his grandfather to cancer. In the months that followed, his grief and depression were almost more than he could bare until he came up with an idea to honor his late father while at the same time, help fulfill a list of lifelong ambitions. This is the story of how he, along with his father’s ashes, went to the four highest (and sometimes lowest) points in the US, and helped make the entire country a resting place for his beloved father in the process.

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Why Knoxville Needs Central Cinema

BY WILLIAM MAHAFFEY
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Knoxville has grown into an incredibly cool city over the last few years, and a one screen indie theater could be the perfect addition to the growing list of awesome things to do in our city. The mainstream movie going experience has become less and less desirable over the years, and William Mahaffey informs how Central Cinema can become a hub for all of the film lovers seeking a better cinema experience here. We will also provide a fitting home for the many film festivals that have sprung up here over the years. On top of that, it will help with the growth of the North Knoxville/Happy Holler commercial area and make it an even more desirable hot spot for the Knoxville community.  

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The Bittersweet life of an Alternative Weekly Newspaper

BY TRICIA BATEMAN
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Two and a half years ago, the former editors of the Metro Pulse along with a few kindred spirits set out to launch a newspaper. Yes, in the 21st century. Tricia Bateman, art director of the Knoxville Mercury, will walk you through what it was like and what they learned starting, maintaining, and ultimately closing a local weekly newspaper. 

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Unity Ride 2017

BY JONATHAN WILLIAMS
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Who bicycles 3,200 miles in 35 days? Andre Block and Jonathan Williams do. The pair set off from Oceanside, California on Memorial Day and ended in Washington, DC on the 4th of July. All the while filming a documentary film.
Why? To promote love and unity in this divided nation. You see, one is liberal, the other conservative. The differences don’t end there. The journey was long and challenging, but also a lot of fun. The two inspired everyone they came in contact with, worked as a team despite their differences, and experienced this beautiful country from an entirely different perspective. 

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Your World Means Nothing: Living as a local in rural Kyrgyzstan

BY STEVE SMITH
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Steve Smith presents a photo essay on rural Kyrgyzstan, a place he is lucky enough to visit and photograph often.  There, he typically embeds with village families for several months and lives as a local.  Working both in medium format film and digital, he works to tell the story of a land and people who live as if time stood still.

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Looking Up at Carlo Scarpa

BY GEORGE DODDS
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

George Dodds has lectured and published on the work of the Venetian designer Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) since the mid-1980s in journal articles, books, and at universities throughout the United States and abroad. This presentation explains an essential theme of Dodds’s research: that Scarpa has been caricatured, and looked down upon, as an architect of fetishized details of overly-complex buildings and projects. “Looking up at Carlo Scarpa,” demonstrates another Scarpa – one worth another look and from whom there is still much to learn.

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1 Hour From Knoxville

BY KEN SMITH
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Within a one-hour drive of PechaKucha Knoxville are so many odd, quirky, hidden, strange, extraordinary, and bizarre things to see that it would be impossible to cram them all into six minutes and 40 seconds. But Ken Smith will do his best to try.

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A View inside the Three Tier System

BY JEREMY WALKER
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

After almost 17 years in the beer business Jeremy Walker often found himself describing the three tier system. He often sat there at the bar just staring at his beer thinking, Wow, this poor beer has had to make a long journey just to get back into my own hands. This is his story about how the beer in your hand, got to you.  The one that really needs a beer, is your beer.

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Jujuan’s Story

BY PRESTON FLAHERTY
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Preston Flaherty tells the story of a young man deciding to take advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to him. Discovering Dreambikes Jajuan found a passion in bicycles that would change his life forever.

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Building Artistic Community... From The Living Room

BY LUKE BROGDEN
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Luke Brogden spent parts of his first decade of adulthood working for national concert promoter AC Entertainment, playing in local bands like Southern Cities, writing about music for publications like Blank Newspaper and throwing together house party shows. The house party shows proved the most fun and artistically rewarding, and he started his own series called From the Living Room. Finding new artists, locations and other series to collaborate with has given him the opportunity to be a part of Knoxville’s part of a national house concert movement.

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Tails to Tell

BY MICHAEL SAMSTAG
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

"Really, what we do is we make films about crazy people"

In "Tails to Tell" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 23, Michael Samstag, of Rescue Doc Films discusses making film documentaries that advocate the alleviation of animal suffering by featuring the stories of who believe they can, and do, change the world. 

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The Great American Farmhouse - An Iowan's Untold Story

BY CATHERINE PORTH
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 11, 2017

Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Catherine Porth always knew that one day her parents would move back to the dilapidated family farmhouse her father treasured. What she never predicted was the incredible beauty it would become. This is the story of a German immigrant, the farmhouse he built, and his great-great grandson’s amazing renovation in a forgotten place we call Iowa.

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