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Sixteenth Annual International Reel Wheel Film Festival This Saturday at Knoxville’s Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

Posted: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 5:58 am
Author: KNIA KRLS News - Karen Overgaard


The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum will hold the 16th Reel Wheel Film Festival this Saturday, starting at noon. Museum Curator Tom Schmeh tells KNIA KRLS News that this is the oldest film festival in the country that is dedicated to auto racing and the automobile in cinema. He says they believe in highlighting films that involve auto racing, and they offer some great documentaries.

The sixteenth annual International Reel Wheel Film Festival (IRWFF) event schedule for Saturday, April 5, is as follows:

12 Noon – “Squirt”
By Greg Peterson, Randy Anderson & Randy Sweeney; documentary about the racing career of Stanley “Squirt” Johns of Brockway, Pennsylvania (52 minutes).

1 p.m. – “Where They Raced: Speed Demons in the City of Angels”
By Harold Osmer & Harry Pallenberg; documentary about the history of auto racing in southern California (102 minutes).

2:45 p.m. – “Pretty in Pink, Covered in Dirt”
By Makaila Haase & Juanita Bustamante; documentary about soon-to-be Knoxville sprint car driver McKenna Haase of Iowa (14 minutes).

3 p.m. – “Stateline Speedway: The First Ten Years, 1956-65” (encore presentation)
By Randy Anderson; documentary about the first ten years of Stateline Speedway in Busti, New York (90 minutes).

The cost for the International Reel Wheel Film Festival is just the price of a museum admission (i.e. – $4 per adult). Those individuals interested in the sixteenth annual International Reel Wheel Film Festival are encouraged to visit the museum’s web site at