Award-winning film by Greenville director to premiere in Tryon

Published 12:14 pm Thursday, June 1, 2023

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TRYON–Electric Jesus, an award-winning film by Greenville director Chris White, will premiere in Tryon this month.

The Polk County Film Initiative will host the premier as a fundraiser for the Tryon International Film Festival at Tryon Theatre, a TRIFF partner, on Sunday, June 11. The film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Carri Bass Photography Studio and The Nest, both on Trade Street in Tryon, or at A pre-reception with appetizers and a cash bar will be held at The Nest and The Bottle from 6–7 p.m. with White, who also wrote the film. 

The film stars a flashy promoter (played by Brian Baumgartner of The Office) who sells soundman Erik (Andrew Eakle) and his favorite local Christian hair metal band, 316, on the promise of a bus tour in the summer of 1986. Their desire to “make Jesus famous” meets the complexities and confusion of personal ambition, religious conviction, youthful zeal, lifelong friendships and first love

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“We are expecting many of the film’s cast and crew to join us live for this special premiere,” says TRIFF co-founder, Beau Menetre. “It’s always great to have Chris White back in Tryon as he brings his own electric energy to town”

TRIFF 23 will be held October 6 – 8 in Tryon. This year, TRIFF will add a Media Arts Education & Career Fair for college and high school youth, a Vendor Expo and an expanded Education Institute. For more information,  contact PCFI Executive Director Debra Torrence at 

Over the past 8 years, PCFI has focused on offering its signature event, the Tryon International Film Festival, reaching more than 4,300 people who have attended the weekend-long event and/or online offerings. In 2022, a total of 58 countries were represented by the 388 films selected and screened in Tryon, including two World Premieres. 

Submitted by Debra Torrence