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Actor Muse Watson to be guest at Secret City Film Festival

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Noted actor Muse Watson is scheduled to attend this year’s Secret City Film Festival on Oct. 14-17 at Oak Ridge Playhouse.

Watson, who has appeared in dozens of films and television shows, will be the featured guest Saturday night at the film festival. He’s well known in Harriman for his work with the Princess Theater and its launching as a regional arts center.

Born in Alexandria, La., Watson attended Louisiana Tech for two years before transferring to Berea College in Kentucky. It was there that he got his start in acting, playing Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew.”

By 2007, Watson’s credits had grown to include 44 feature-length films in which he alongside such personalities as Julia Roberts, Robert Duvall, Richard Gere and Keifer Sutherland.

Watson is often recognized for his portrayal of Ben Willis in the movie “I Know What You did Last Summer.”

Most recently, Watson made the transition to television, appearing in a number of made-for-television movies, including “Blind Vengance” and the television series “American Gothic.”

He has also had guest spots in a number of television series, including “JAG,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS” and The People’s Choice Awards winner “Prison Break,”

“Muse is a great talent, and we are so pleased that he has agreed to sit down for a one-on-one interview at the film festival this Saturday night,” said Kingston native Keith McDaniel, Secret City Film Festival founder and director.

“It will be quite a thrill to listen to him comment on his own personal experiences in front of the camera,” McDaniel continued. “We are also very pleased that local TV and radio personality Hallerin Hilton Hill will be joining us again this year to conduct the interview.”

After the interview, the audience will be part of the Tennessee premiere of Watson’s new film, “A Christmas Snow.”

The 2010 Secret City Film Festival is returning for its seventh year in Oak Ridge, bringing with it several established and promising artists in the independent film industry and a wide range of films to share throughout the four-day event.

The festival is designed to encourage, educate and inspire independent film makers and to provide developing talents in the industry an opportunity to showcase their work.

The festival also provides, through its many guest speakers and workshops, a unique insight to the process of independent filmmaking for any fan of this movie genre.

Tickets for this year’s festival are available at the festival’s website, www.secretcityfilmfest.com.

Tickets are $15 per person for each day of the event. A full event pass can be purchased for $30.

The Secret City Film Festival is an annual fall event in Oak Ridge.

It features film screenings, filmmaking workshops, and special events. 

The festival was founded in 2004 and is directed by McDaniel, an East Tennessee filmmaker, through his production company, Secret City Films.