Pellissippi State students earn second place in Knoxville Film Festival

Five Pellissippi State Community College students recently placed second in the student competition of the Knoxville Film Festival for their Civil War-inspired short film.

The six-minute film, titled “If You Don’t Run Fast Enough, the Past Will Catch Up to You,” is based on the story of Gen. William P. Sanders, who was killed in a skirmish only weeks before the Battle of Fort Sanders in November 1863.

The film was produced by Jared Lovette and his company, JXL Productions, in conjunction with Pellissippi State’s Video Production Technology concentration. Students Michael Hutchins, Jim Clenney, Robert Wills and Lori Fuller shared in the award.

“The film is about two modern-day runners who are running by the plaque commemorating Gen. Sanders, and he shows up magically,” said Lovette. “The long and short of it is, Gen. Sanders is not aware that he is dead and the modern-day characters must convince him that he is.”

Others involved in the film are Ted Lewis, Les Fout, Katie Lovette and Ross Bagwell Sr. Gen. Sanders is portrayed by a Civil War reenactor, Bill White.

“This was my very first film festival,” said Jared Lovette, “so this was a great debut for me. Who knows? Maybe next year, another team from Pellissippi State can enter and win.”

Jared Lovette and several others involved in the making of “If You Don’t Run Fast Enough” are Video Production Technology students. VPT, along with Communication Graphics Technology, Photography and Web Technology, is one of four concentrations in the Media Technologies degree program. VPT students learn techniques in all phases of video production—from script writing to budgeting, shooting to editing.

“Our students registered for the film festival in August and only had a month to complete and submit their short film,” said Katie Lovette, a VPT instructor and Jared’s mother, “so they worked incredibly hard, and achieved a great deal. We’re very proud of them and how well they did in the professionally judged student competition.”

This was the inaugural year of the Knoxville Film Festival. Formerly the Secret City Film Festival, the event is now under the umbrella of the Dogwood Arts Festival. The Knoxville Film Festival was Sept. 19-22 at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8. The festival showed a wide array of local, regional, and national filmmakers’ independent movies and short films.

The student competition was open to high school and college students. It was judged by film industry professionals John Feld, Dr. Earl J. Hess, Bill Larsen and Joan L. Merkel.

For more information about Pellissippi State’s VPT and other courses, visit www.pstcc.edu/mdt/vpt or call (865) 694-6400.