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thumb_B.Sells_Tree2_smArtist Brad Sells on location in HawaiiThe Cookeville premiere of "TREE SAFARI: The Koa Connection," a documentary co-produced by Todd Jarrell and WCTE-TV, will debut at the Millard Oakley STEM Center on the Tennessee Tech University campus Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m.

Combining art and eco-travel, TREE SAFARI: The Koa Connection, focuses on Cookeville's own world-class wood artist Brad Sells and the search for exotic woods for his unique sculptures. The film will be distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Filmed on location in Tennessee, Hawaii and New York City, the half-hour program follows Sells from his studio in Cookeville, Tenn., to the forested volcanic slopes of Hawaii in a quest for koa wood, revered for its density, tone and color.

This is the second Tree Safari film by local, award-winning producer Todd Jarrell. The first documentary in the series, TREE SAFARI: A Sculptural Journey, followed Sells as he traveled to South Africa in search of pink ivory trees. The film was distributed nationally on PBS and won both the "Telly" and "Aurora" awards.

Both Jarrell and Sells will be on hand to answer questions at the STEM Center premiere.

"This should be a great event and I very much welcome the opportunity to present my work and the accomplishments of WCTE," said Jarrell.

The evening will begin with a reception in the lobby of the STEM Center and will be followed by the screening of the half-hour documentary in the 240-seat auditorium.

The STEM Center is located at 155 West 7th St., corner of 7th and Stadium Drive, on the TTU campus. Enter and park on the north side of the facility (behind Ray Morris Hall / Oakley STEM Center). Visit for directions and information.

While the event is free, reservations are required.

For reservations and information, contact WCTE at 931-528-2222, x 229.