Special Productions

"World Peace: A Celebration" is a mini-documentary about the United Nations declared World Peace Day Celebration hosted at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences US in McMinnville, TN. The day's festivities included a performance by The Mowgli's, and prominent speakers Arianna Huffington, Sadhguru Vasudev, Kathleen Koch, Sandy Tolan and Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey.

A mini-documentary about Tennessee Tech University's Annual High School Piano Competition where high school pianists from across the region were invited to participate.WCTE takes a look behind the scenes to discover what's at the heart of these young competitors and how studying music at a young age helped them academically, build their self-esteem and realize what they want to achieve in the future.

Bee Rock in Monterey, TNWCTE invites you to discover Upper Cumberland tourism. Through our partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s TECH-REDI Initiative, we will explore the rich culture, natural beauty and special events which make our region such a special place to live, work, play and retire.

A documentary developed to raise awareness of, and bring attention to, the dropout crisis Tennessee is facing. Co-produced by WCTE, Cookeville; East Tennessee PBS, Knoxville and WKNO, Memphis and is hosted by Tennessee First Lady, Crissy Haslam.  It features three different stories of impact that raises awareness of the dropout crisis Tennessee is facing and the impact that crisis has on individuals, communities and the state.  The segments follow efforts across the state beginning in East Tennessee with a look at the impact of Loudon Co.'s Graduation Coach, Sandra Towns...then to Middle Tennessee where viewers have a chance to hear the story of Nashville Attorney, Cynthia Fitzgerald, and the work she is doing with her ACT prep program, In Full Motion, aimed at inner city youth and finally ending up in Memphis, where college freshman, Christopher Dean, shares his determination and those of fellow classmates at Booker T. Washington High School that lead them to graduation in 2011 and the attention of The White House.

WCTE recently convened a panel of experts and produced an hour-long program entitled Economics of Education in the Upper Cumberland. The experts included Dr. Kathleen Airhart, Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of Tennessee; Dr. Susan Elkins, TTU Vice-President for Extended Programs and Regional Development; and Lillian Hartgrove, Vice-President of Economic Development at the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce.

Broadcast Premiere on Monday, April 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Please join us as we tell the story of John’s Place, a Cookeville landmark that has provided a common meeting ground for black or white, rich or poor and young or old, where stereotypes were confronted head-on and where people were able to see others for whom they really were, not the color of their skin.

Directed, Written and Producer Todd Jarrell and Presented by WCTE.
Distributed Nationally by American Public Television.

In search of exotic woods, world-class sculptor Brad Sells meets curators, carvers, cattlemen and conservationists, traveling Hawaii’s volcanic heights to the bright lights of a top New York art show to learn the traditions and culture of lustrous koa wood.

TUBA U: BASSO PROFUNDO follows the story of an unusual 22-piece ensemble into the studio, across four decades, and into renowned Carnegie Hall.
Featuring tuba maestro R. Winston Morris, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gunther Schuller, German tuba makers, and the 100-piece Tubas of Mass Destruction, this is an anatomy of one instrument that speaks to the dedication in players of every instrument.

This three part series on sexual abuse is currently part of WCTE's educational line up, as well as being in national distribution through NETA. Winner of numerous awards including a Regional Emmy Nomination, Robbin Esther's Secret Box continues to help children and adults put down the burden of sexual abuse.

Cookeville independent producer Todd Jarrell's gripping documentary Crank: Darkness on the Edge of Town. Crank is a 1-hour documentary following the trajectory of methamphetamine through the Upper Cumberland and across Tennessee.

Cookeville independent producer Todd Jarrell's Tree Safari: A Sculptural Journey follows the artistic process of Cookeville artist Brad Sells as he seeks exotic African woods for his world class sculptures.

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