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International film festival comes to Renaissance Center Oct. 18-20

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013

Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09

The Southern Appalachian International Film Festival, in partnership with the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, will present a retrospective with selected films that relate to the Tri-Cities area at the Renaissance Center Theatre.

The films will be shown on Oct. 18-20.

Tickets are $7 a day or $15 for all three days of the event.

SOAPIFF started as a master’s thesis project in Cross Cultural Tourism Development at East Tennessee State University by founder Mark Compton. 
“With close to one hundred films screened each year, it was difficult to choose what movies to show,” Compton said. “So with that said, SOAPIFF decided to stay somewhat local with sprinkles of International flair thrown in for good measure; international is our middle name.”

On Friday from 5-11 p.m., the films “Five Across the Eyes” and “Broken Springs” will be shown. “Five Across the Eyes” is the first ‘Best in Fest’ winner and “Broken Springs” is a zombie, horror thriller that was directed in and around the Tri-Cities by Neeley Lawson
On Saturday from 4-11 p.m., several shorts and five films will be shown including the ‘Best in Fest’ film “Freedom,” which was created by Rick McVey with assistance from the Barter Theatre. “Freedom” is a historical Civil War drama and will be opened by the 2012 winner “Wolf Call,” which is a historical drama performed by one actor, Mike Wiley.

On Sunday from 1-4 p.m., five films will be shown including two regional documentaries, “Melungeon Voices” and “The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin.”

For a complete list and synopses of all the films visit

For more information on SOAPIFF visit

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