Dark Twisted Fate

Bryson Simpson


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.(UTC/TheLoop)–What would you do if you entered an elevator with four people that you have never met before; the elevator stops, and demonic events start to take place? Well that’s what five characters have to go through in the film “Devil”.

The film “Devil” starts off with a man committing suicide by jumping off a building. Then you hear Ramirez mention stories of the Devil roaming the earth and it always begins with a suicide. Detective Bowden is called to the building where the suicide happened to help with the investigation.

At the same time, five strangers enter an elevator, which is located in the same building where the suicide has taken place. The five strangers consist of an elderly woman, a security guard named Ben, a salesman named Vince, a young woman named Sarah, and a former U.S. military soldier named Tony.

Weird things start to happen starting with the elevator getting stuck. While stuck in the elevator the five strangers start discussing their backgrounds and found out that each of them has a criminal background. The elderly lady was a thief, Ben the security guard has a violent past, Vince was a con artist, and Sarah was a blackmailing gold digger.

Then, the lights go off and Sarah has a wound on her back. The people in the elevator start to suspect Vince of assaulting Sarah because he is covered in blood. Later, one by one the five strangers start to die. Vince is the first to die when the lights cut off and his throat is slashed.

Overall the film “Devil” has a good plot, the story made sense, and the special effects to draw in the audience. Also, “Devil” did a good job by not making the storyline obvious and it keeps viewers in suspense. Also, the film has a lot of “twists” and unexpected connections throughout the story.

Copyright 2010

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Not Your Grandparents “Picture Show”

By Benji Aird


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/ The Loop)– The Story Beyond the Still is the first ever user-generated HD Video Contest where photographers become filmmakers, and we all see beyond the still. I will highlight last month winner Marc Jonathan de Jesus of Chapter 6 for his film “Fool Circle,” based on his interpretation of a still photograph left at the end of the previous winning chapter. I will also showcase what makes the Canon EOS line so great!

Marc’s film was the sixth chapter of seven, ending with a still photograph of its own for the Vimeo community to once again interpret. After a wave of entries, Tony Leech’s “Exit Interview” was chosen as the winner of Chapter 7, leaving a new still to guide the way for Chapter 8 – the final chapter of The Story Beyond The Still to be interpreted and shot by Vincent Laforet in collaboration with all the chapter winners!

What will he see beyond this still? And how will the award-winning user-generated HD Video contest end?

Blake Whitman, Vimeo staff says, there are “no limitations, Judges will just be looking for entries based off of the criteria spelled out in the rules. But have fun with it, there is no right way to make these.”

Celebrity photographer, Derek Blanks, shoots with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. He has even filmed behind the scenes footage with his Canon. His favorite line is, “This is DOPE!”  as a reference to the video quality.

Watch an entry from Isaac Viel’s group!

On the Technical Side

Bigger is Better!

What makes these Canon Digital SLR’s such a power house are in part due to its sensors. Canon develops and produces its own CMOS sensors. Unlike CCD sensors, CMOS sensors convert and amplify signals before they are transferred to the image processor, enabling them to produce exceptionally clean image data and reduce power consumption.

Experiencing this first hand I can say the Canon’s senors, the brains of the operation, are stunning.

Japanese love affair, dont tell my Nikon.

In holy matrimony with the CMOS sensors are its  image processors.

Developed to enhance performance between capturing and recording stages of digital photography, Canon DIGIC chips use advanced signal processing technologies to dramatically augment image quality and deliver a more intuitive, responsive camera.

What this translates to is the ability to capture stills in photo mode with relentless sharpness quickly. This allows the camera to capture such fine details like pores on the skin and fine hairs.

In addition, the latest DIGIC 4 Image Processor speeds up all operations to make a number of inventive new features possible, such as Live Face Detection AF, HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction. Top EOS SLRs such as the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV feature two DIGIC Image Processors for an even greater level of quality and power.

The EOS HD Video Lineup starts at about $900.00.

I found great deals on the enrty-level EOS Rebel T2i at Sam’s Club and Amazon.

Sources: Canon , Vimeo Video Entries

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Nashville Airport honors women in the local music industry

By Mariah Brooks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ( UTC/AP) — An exhibition honoring women who helped establish the foundation of Nashville’s music industry is slated to be unveiled at the city’s airport.

Arts at the Airport and the Metro Nashville Airport Authority along with SOURCE — a nonprofit group that supports women executives and professionals who work in Nashville’s music industry — will celebrate the opening of SOURCE Behind the Music on Wednesday.

The SOURCE Behind the Music exhibit highlights women honorees and their achievements. While many were not celebrated during their lifetime, they played a major role in creating today’s music industry.

Arts at the Airport’s Caroline Carlisle was the curator and producer of the exhibit, and Karen Edgin was the designer.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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Young Monster Fuses Local Art and Music Scenes

By Xan Gwaltney

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — If you have seen event posters around town in the last year, chances are you’ve seen the work of the local art collective known as Young Monster.

Young Monster design

Young Monster design

The group started operating over a year ago thanks to a grant from Chattanooga non-profit organization CreateHere, which identifies itself as “an experiment in harnessing the economic potential of creative individuals” to “build Chattanooga’s cultural economy through arts, economic, and cultural development initiatives.”

UTC graduate Nick Dupey founded Young Monster after writing the grant with Heather Lacey, who now works primarily with Do Ya Hear We records.

Currently, the core group consists of Dupey, Zach Hobbs, Alison Burke, and Scott Campbell, and specializes in screen printing, graphic design, and most recently fashion design.

Dupey says, “There’s a rich history of music-based design” and the goal of Young Monster is to “try to develop a design culture around the music scene” in Chattanooga.

Young Monster pieces can regularly be found touting upcoming events at local venues JJ’s Bohemia and Discoteca, and often add a distinct art aspect to events such as the Bangers Ball and The Chattanooga Roller Girls bouts and shows by the likes of:

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

Discoteca poster designed by Young Monster

  • The Distribution
  • King Khan & the Shrines
  • Andrew Bird
  • Those Darlins
  • Lambchop
  • Forest Magic

Dupey says, “The regionality of what we do is really important.  We want to create a voice for our city and the music that comes out of our city.”

A veteran himself of the music scene as a member of Giant Tigers, Dupey has become prolific as a visual artist.

He says, “I personally did about 40 posters last year.”  Add in the output of the other Young Monster contributors and he says the group produced “upwards of 100 posters last year.”

As a group, Young Monster has created a distinctive style, influenced heavily by Polish poster design and film.  Dupey says that film especially is an inspiration because it is a “culmination of film, visuals, music, and graphic design.”

In particular the artists are inspired by horror films, such as the work of Roger Corman, in which they are drawn to the beauty of at times ugly or horrific imagery.

Young Monster has recently branched out further with merchandising, offering posters, prints, cards, and clothing on their website.  Dupey says the worldwide decline in record sales has led the music industry to push gig posters and other merchandise as more products to sell.

As a result, he says the art form of gig posters, while it had never gone away, has found increased public awareness.

Young Monster also recently partnered with Leo Handmade Gallery which officially reopened April 2 and currently features the photography of Robert Parker.

The new store is located at 22 Frazier Avenue in Chattanooga.

Here Nick Dupey demonstrates printing a poster in the Young Monster studio beneath the Leo gallery.

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UTC Fraternity Prepares for Black History Month Step Show

By: Janay Roberson

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop)—As Black History Month comes to an end, UTC’s Eta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity makes last minute preparations to their step routine, which they have been practicing in anticipation for the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show will be February 27  at 6:00 p.m. in The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium.

Members of Eta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

Members of Eta Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha

The step show is held annually in the spirit of Black History Month. It is a family oriented show that traces back to the early 1950’s and is deeply rooted in traditions. Power 94 and Deep End Entertainment bring together fraternities and sororities such as Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, and many more from around the country to compete in the no holds barred step show.

“The meaning of the step show is to show unity of the black Greek organization,” says Eta Phi chapter member, Ronald Sutton. “It shows the leadership of black Greeks serving the community to help lift mankind spirits by showing that African-Americans can come together in a positive way without violence.”

Fraternities and Sororities competing in the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show

Fraternities and Sororities competing in the 6th annual Black History Month Step Show

UTC’S Eta Phi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is no stranger to the step show because they compete every year. Eta Phi chapter member, Junior, Bryson Simpson says this year’s step show will be even better than last year’s. “Our theme this year is “Graduation/Nerds. What we are trying to do this year is incorporate more steps,” says Simpson. The step show generally draws over 3000 people from all over who come to cheer on their favorite Greek organizations and step teams.

In addition to student performances, nationally known comedian, Lil Duval, will host the show. Also there will be celebrity performances at the show including: Young Dro, Skinny Playa, Tierra Mari, The OMG Girlz, and Pretty Ricky.

Simpson expects that this year celebrities will bring a bigger crowd than last year’s. “It is going to be a good show. I believe it will be comical and entertaining at the same time, so I hope everybody will come out and support the step show,” says Simpson.

General Admission tickets are $16 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased at Tisdale Fashions on Brainerd Rd. and the following Kanku’s convenience stores locations: Wilcox Blvd., Market St., and 4th Ave.

Click here to order tickets online.

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New Website Gives Chattanoogans A Look At Themselves… From Last Night

Have you ever gone out for the night, were sure you had a great time, but forgot to document the night in photos? Some local Chattanoogans have answered this problem with the launch of a new website.

423BraggingRights.com is the brainchild of Robert Parker and David Ruiz, two local amateur photographers who like to capture the Chattanooga night scene with a focus on the crowds that show up.

“423BraggingRights.com is basically, we’re free event or party photography, a promotion kinda thing exclusively for Chattanooga events,” said Robert Parker.

Parker and Ruiz can be found at almost any local show, whether it be a nightly showcase at JJ’s Bohemia, the monthly Banger’s Ball or even stand-up comedy nights. After taking hundreds of photos throughout the night, the duo promptly post the pictures on their website and on Facebook, where friends are free to tag themselves and save moments from the night before.

Look out for this orange hat on your next night out.

Look out for this orange hat on your next night out. Photo Courtesy of 423BraggingRights.com.

Thursday November 19 marked the official launch day of the site, so Parker and Ruiz celebrated by throwing a party at JJ’s Bohemia complete with bands and DJs.

The audience was entertained by acts such as:

In between sets, DJs BNGRZ, Talk, and DrugMoney kept the crowd moving with dance beats.

Enthusiasm for the site is running high as evidenced by the tight crowd inside of JJ’s Thursday.

Parker said he was very excited about the turnout and where the site will be going in the future.

“If it turns out well we plan on having quarterly benefit shows for the site.”

Parker also hopes to use the site as a “springboard” for local designers.

“We’re gonna leave the initial design up for about six months but then every three months we want to bring in a local designer to totally re-do it and throw the benefit.”

“It’s great because no matter how messed up you get, you can count on the website to capture all the moments of the night,” said Jason Clark, senior, Franklin, TN and one half of Machines Are People Too.

The website already has a large collection of galleries going back to July 2009 which anyone is free to check out. Event planners are welcome to contact the photographers so they’ll know where and when to show up. The photos are available for personal use by any visitors and have been popping up on Facebook profile pages all over the Chattanooga network.

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Patten Performances Directed At All Students

By: Cody Mohon

CHATTANOOGA (UTC/The Loop)- Whoever still believes the arts to be stuffy has clearly not been to the Patten Performances at UTC. Robert Boyer, the programmer for the Patten Performances, has been on the job for five years, and he says, “People around town are saying it’s going to be one of our best and most eclectic years.” With performances ranging from Japanese drumming to Romeo and Juliet, Boyer guarantees top-notch entertainment. The performances this year are:

Patten Series 30th Anniversary Season

“The Patten Performances are a showcase for the university. I program it in a way to show the community what’s possible,” Boyer said. Boyer believes in bringing in acts that encourage people to think outside the box or take on another viewpoint. He does this to attract students, but he found a way to still hold the attention of older generations as well. “I am very lucky to have a crowd of people who are 50 and up who are very adventurous. They have proved to me through their purchases of tickets this year that they are indeed interested in more innovative shows.”

The Patten Performances, which began in 1980 as the Dorothy Patten Performing Arts Series, was named after Chattanooga’s most famous Broadway actress. The proposal written in 1980 said the “firm intent of UTC is to present an eclectic series of performers of national reputation and superior talents…” Each year since then has done just that. View previous Patten Perfomance Series here. Now, the series has expanded to allow students the chance to interact with these artists through workshops and master classes on the day before the performance.

Although not all UTC students can interact with the performers, there is still an eagerness to attend the Patten Performances. Junior Krista Ashton, a Marketing major, still believes it is vital to have an outstanding arts series on campus. “Just because we aren’t majoring in the arts doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy going to performances. I went to several last year, and I consider them money and time well spent.”

Despite the fact that the talent brought in for this series includes Emmy and Grammy Award winning performers, tickets for students still average about the price of a movie ticket. “We are on the east end of campus and some students don’t know we are here. All of us in the Fine Arts Center are making an effort to say this is still a cool place to come” Boyer said. He encourages students to come out to performances to enjoy something new and different. According to Boyer, the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, where all the performances take place, contributes to the experience. “The audience responds quickly and loudly, and there is a certain energy about that stage that every performer and audience member just love.”

When asked why students should take advantage of the Patten Performances, Boyer says, “The argument I made to my children, both of whom graduated from UTC, is that if nothing else, it’s a different way of thinking. You are exposed to something for one night, it’s a public performance and you are in the midst of other people. So it’s not just about the performances, like when you watch a DVD. There is an interaction not only between you and the performer, but you and the audience and the performer. There is something about experiencing something like that as a collective that is very life affirming. Also, it’s a heck of a way to spend a couple hours.”

Learn more about the Patten Series by clicking here!

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43rd Annual CMA Award Nominees Announced

By: Kyra Inglis

NASHVILLE, Tn (UTC THE LOOP/AP) – The 43rd Annual Country Music Award Nominees were announced Wednesday, with Brad Paisley showing a strong lead with six nominations this year including “Entertainer of the Year.”

Taylor Swift also picked up a nomination for “Entertainer of the Year,” being the youngest nominee in the category.  Swift’s CD, “Fearless,” has sold 3 million copies, making her the top selling act in country and in pop.

“To country music radio and the fans and anybody who voted for the CMA’s this year, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,” Swift said in a video posted on her MySpace page, counting out four ‘thank yous’ for each nomination.


  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift
  • Keith Urban


  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Darius Rucker
  • George Strait
  • Keith Urban


  • Randy Houser
  • Jamey Johnson
  • Jake Owen
  • Darius Rucker
  • Zac Brown Band


  • Eagles
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is also up for 2 awards including “Male Vocalist of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.”   Rucker’s first country album “Learn to Live”, released last year, was heavily embraced by fans.

“I love being in country music because of the accessibility and the relationships you have with fans and with radio is awesome,” said Rucker.

Five categories were announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and the rest were announced later in the morning on the CMT network.  The 43rd Annual CMA Awards are scheduled for November 11, on ABC.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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$500K Artwork Given to Charity Returning to Owner

MIAMI (The Loop/AP) — A valuable bronze sculpture that was donated to charity without the donor or recipient realizing its worth is going back to its owner.

The 2 1/2-ton sculpture, titled “Vanessa-Helena-Katharina-Landegger,” by prominent American sculptor Sterett-Gittings Kelsey, was donated to Goodwill Industries of South Florida in May by a Miami investment firm, which asked to remain anonymous.

The sculpture is of a dancer, delicately holding onto a chair and staring at her ballet shoe. The ballerina, made in 1985, was one of 10 that ended up around the world. Its value has been put at $500,000, said Dennis Pastrana, president and CEO of the Miami charity.

Pastrana said the investment firm was renovating its building and had called Goodwill to come by and remove items. When Goodwill got the bronze piece, he said, managers from the charity looked up the sculptor’s name on the Internet and contacted the artist, who provided further details.

Pastrana said Goodwill made $68,000 from the other donations, not counting the sculpture.

“We felt that the proper thing was to let the donor know,” Pastrana said.

Pastrana called a company representative and told the man the company could claim a $500,000 tax deduction. After consideration, the company said it just wanted to have the statue back.

It will be returned within the next few days, Pastrana said.

A telephone message left on the answering machine of the artists’ studio wasn’t immediately returned

Things to Remember When Donating

  • Be sure you know the value of your donation before you donate
  • Remember the benefit of a tax write off
  • You can always change your mind and get your donation back


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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Outdoor Art Scarce at UTC

by Chaz Holley

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC)–At the entrance to the University Center is a bright yellow sculpture pointing up. Though passing visitors can probably not see the next sculpture on campus, those being further up vine street past the entire University Center and Library. Aside from “Sky Toucher,” the yellow piece by the University Center Lansing court, nearly all the Outdoor Art at UTC is placed around the Fine Arts Center.

Outdoor art can provide a visual draw.

Outdoor art can provide a visual draw.

 “There is also a lively debate as to the structure or makeup of art in public places programs and indeed, the selection process.” said artist John Henry. “The notion that a few should decide what the many must look at for generations is a thorny issue.” With recent talk in city council about the importance and, more to the point, the funding of outdoor art programs, the absence of such art from the scholarly setting becomes apparent.


Concerns about Public Art

Outdoor art does have a lot of considerations associated with it. The placing and selection take a large amount of time to do and have to be tailored for each place and piece.

There is also an obvious monetary concern. Many pieces cost several thousand dollars, which becomes further accentuated in the current economic environment. The many meetings and scouting involved also cause a personnel cost. Many colleges and cities must rely on grants and private donations to be able to exhibit an artists work.

There is also always the concern of safety and security of the pieces. Most public art is on around the clock display which makes it easy for vandals. The record for such incidents at UTC however is relatively low.  The curator of the Cress gallery at UTC, Ruth Grover, talked with us about the security involved in the art.

The OMA of Chattanooga State

The Outdoor Museum of Art at nearby Chattanooga State boasts over twenty pieces, some rotating in and others on permanent exhibition. The OMA began in 2002 by Dr. James Catanzaro and John Henry. With help from John and Diane Marek, who also support UTC with a visiting lecture series, the program has been running since with a variety of exhibits. Several acres of the campus have been dedicated as galleries as well as areas around the facilities themselves.

How does the OMA effect the campus itself though? ” There are two statements that I receive when the exhibits are changed, one is “Joe, there has been a pile of junk steel put outside the building,” said Joe Helseth of Chattanooga State. “The other call will be “Joe, OUR sculpture is gone, what happened and when will it be replaced, hurry please.” Many of the students and faculty incorporate, even become possessive of, the art as part of their days, studies, and lives.

“The OMA has worked its way into the life of Chattanooga States campus and class rooms in many ways. Classes have incorporated the works into serious assignments, light hearted exercises and the art department uses the OMA and John Henry’s studio as a learning lab. Students lounge around the works, rename them, sketch them, help install and even in a number of cases help construct the art. Interacting with the artists who deliver the works has been a way of students seeing that a career in the arts is a life’s work and reward.”

“Sky Toucher” touches UTC

UTC certainly seems to want to have a similar model to Chattanooga State, if this report from the donation of the last piece is any indicator.

“The outdoor spaces are important to create a learning environment and a social,” said Chancellor Roger Brown. “People enjoy being in [the campus] and it makes them feel enthusiastic about being a part of our campus community.”  The dedication of “Sky Toucher” last year was the last donation of outdoor sculpture for the campus. The John Henry sculpture was donated by Ruth Holmberg to the University from her collection.

The actual placement and dedication were the end of a long road for “Sky Toucher.” Combined efforts by people such as Linda Collins of the landscaping committee , Ruth Grover, and Chancellor Brown were required to actually settle the statue into its Lansing Court home.

Where to?

What is sculpture is on campus is mostly around the Fine Arts Center.

What is sculpture is on campus is mostly around the Fine Arts Center.

There is certainly plenty of places art could be placed on the UTC campus. Many of the dorms have unused open spaces and blank corners that could be prime for adding more identity to the individual dorms. Further out facilities such as the Metropolitan Building or facilities on Palmetto Street. Of course central buildings like Guerry Center and Grote Hall could both accommodate more work. The entryways of the library already host some circling exhibitions, which shows opportunity to shelter some works from the elements.

Many of the halls themselves are particular unimaginative and grey along the walls themselves with the exception of the occasional bulletin board or departmental showcase.  The UC alone seems to really stand out with its many hosted student works. These blank halls and spaces further highlight the readiness of UTC for more works.


What do UTC faculty think should be done? We found out:

The first major issue that would need to be overcome for UTC is the monetary concern. With UTC currently in a heated debate over budget cuts, outside of very careful gradual planning or considerable donation this front seems to be a dead end.

The selection crew itself is also a matter of contention when it determines such a meaningful fixture. “There’s usually this notion that the art department should spearhead these sort of things,” said Matt Greenwell, art department head. “I don’t know if that’s actually the case.” Greenwell stressed the need for planning and budgeting for outdoor pieces as well the ideal selection group. Greenwell said that a more student run committee of various majors, not exclusively art students, with faculty advisement would be ideal.

Ruth Grover, curator of the Cress Gallery, emphasized the need to make sure the art becomes a part of, rather than disrupts its environment. Grover also emphasized the need for some sort of professional helping in the selection and placement process.

The potential for more varied and interesting work is certainly present at UTC, but whether it will be on display or a permanent hiatus is yet to be seen.

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