AUGUST 27, 2022


Press Contact: Kathryn Howell

931-528-2222, ext. 300

For Immediate Release:

The third annual WCTE-PBS Downtown Film Festival, in partnership with the Cookeville Performing Arts Center and RiverRun International Film Festival, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, 10 AM – 5 PM at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center.  This year’s festival will feature a unique collection of films from independent filmmakers across the southeast United States.

The 2022 festival will premier two films shown earlier this year at the 2022 RiverRun International Film Festival. 

Leftover Feelings: A Studio B Revival is a film that spotlights the legacy of Music City’s most significant studio through the lens of two godfathers of Americana music with directors Ted Roach and Logan Sebert.

Sisters: The First Ladies of Bluegrass, is a music documentary short that follows the all-female, bluegrass supergroup The First Ladies of Bluegrass as they participate in the 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Other films showcased this year will include  Unrivaled, a compelling, historically accurate, insightful, riveting documentary film on the team, the season, and the rare convergence of talent, personalities, and drive that made Sewanee’s 1899 football season truly legendary, and Bury Me at Taylor Hollow, a look at John Christian Phifer’s 15-years working in the conventional funeral industry before leaving it all behind to create the first conservation burial ground in Tennessee. Bury Me at Taylor Hollow offers an unforgettable and hopeful glimpse into an alternative approach to death and dying in America.

Attendees will have the rare opportunity to hear from the directors, producers, and special guests from each of the films during the talk-back sessions and Q&A session.

Tickets are now available on-line by visiting for $20 or on site the day of the festival for $25.  Tickets are also available for the Festival Kick-Off Party for $40 by advance purchase only. For more information and tickets, visit