Monday, November 15, 2010

STEM Center Hosts Cookeville Film Premier

The Cookeville premiere of "TREE SAFARI: The Koa Connection," a documentary co-produced by Todd Jarrell and WCTE-TV, will debut at the Millard Oakley STEM Center on the Tennessee Tech University campus on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m.  Combining art and eco-travel, TREE SAFARI: The Koa Connection, focuses on Cookeville's own world-class wood artist Brad Sells and the search for exotic woods for his unique sculptures. The film will be distributed nationally by American Public Television. Filmed on location in Tennessee, Hawaii and New York City, the half-hour program follows Sells from his studio in Cookeville to the forested volcanic slopes of Hawaii in a quest for koa wood, revered for its density, tone and color. This is the second Tree Safari film by local, award-winning producer Todd Jarrell. The first documentary in the series, TREE SAFARI: A Sculptural Journey, followed Sells as he traveled to South Africa in search of pink ivory trees. The film was distributed nationally on PBS and won both the "Telly" and "Aurora" awards. Both Jarrell and Sells will be on hand to answer questions at the STEM Center premiere. The STEM Center is located at 155 West 7th St., on the corner of 7th and Stadium Drive. While the event is free, reservations are required. For reservations and information, contact WCTE at 528-2222, extension 229.