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Create Appalachia’s Arts@Work Summit Sets the Stage for Regional Film Industry Development

Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2023

Kingsport Higher Education Center & Create Appalachia’s Kingsport Center for Art & Technology

$50 for a one-day ticket, $75 for a two-day ticket



KINGSPORT, TN: As part of its mission to grow arts-related business and entrepreneurship in the Appalachian Highlands, Create Appalachia is convening industry partners to host a two-day summit focused on building the film industry in the region. On Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23, the summit will lay the foundation for a regional hub dedicated to increasing regional film production and post-production opportunities.


Featured keynote speakers include Dan Cox, Kingsport Native and ETSU Digital Media graduate. Cox is an award-winning special effects supervisor whose work is featured in numerous Hollywood film projects, including Avatar, Captain America, and Happy Feet. Saturday Keynote speakers are Food Network Chefs Tanya Cauthen, winner of Chopped 2017, and Torece Gregoire, “Chef T,” Hell’s Kitchen runner-up and proprietor of Union 41, a new restaurant in Bristol. There will be breakout sessions, workshops, town hall meetings and panel discussions focused working in film and television. Topics will include finding funding for projects, low-cost production techniques, and more. There will be ample time for networking and even some opportunities for portfolio reviews by professionals. Details are being added as confirmed at


Cher Cornett, Create Appalachia’s founder, believes the timing is perfect to foster a filmmaking community. “The 2023 Arts@Work summit will not only provide numerous opportunities for film professionals, students, educators, and economic development stakeholders to network and learn,” Cornett says, “it will also showcase our own regional talent and resources, while providing inspiration and opportunities for media creatives.”


The Arts@Work conference will be held jointly at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, with some sessions at nearby Kingsport’s Create Appalachia Center for Arts & Technology. Event Fees are $50 for one day, and $75 for two days. There are limited free tickets for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at



For more information about CA and its mission, visit To inquire about Summit portfolio reviews, please email


Create Appalachia strives to make the region a better place to live and work by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship centered around the arts and creativity. We work to sustain an environment that will generate new businesses, provide jobs in arts-based businesses, and highlight the important role that creativity plays in the region’s economic vitality.


The Arts@Work Series supports entrepreneurial creatives and makers who wish to develop their professional business skills. Topics include introductions to business strategy, marketing, communication, pricing, and client relations. We also offer skill-based certification courses. The Arts@Work professional development series is curated to meet the particular needs of small creative businesses that combine artistry, imagination, and technology.


We’re proud to be a part of LaunchTN’s Community Partner Program. CPP is part of LaunchTN’s initiative to support entrepreneurship across the state of Tennessee.





Cher Cornett, Summit Organizer



Katie Hoffman, Executive Director, Create Appalachia

Cell: 423-329-4742

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