The Big Ears Festival has presented an exceptionally eclectic range of performers for almost a decade—Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Carla Bley, Wilco, Kamasi Washington, Ben Frost, The Kronos Quartet, The National, Meredith Monk, Jonny Greenwood, Earth, Rhiannon Giddens, Keiji Haino, and many others. The connective thread is careful listening—“Big Ears.”

The documentary will immerse viewers in the sounds and sights of the festival and the city of Knoxville. Viewers will go behind the scenes—unloading gear, setting up shows, rehearsing, sound checking—while exploring the sublime art and craft of listening.

“Music’s a fantastic way to explore the world,” Big Ears founder and director Ashley Capps said. “And what’s the fun of exploring, if you don’t share what you find?”