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JEM student and faculty productions accepted for screening at 2018 film festivals

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School of Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) professor Dr. Nick Geidner, and nine former or current JEM students will have their short-form documentaries screened at three upcoming film festivals: the Knox Film Fest in Knoxville, TN, the Full Bloom Film Festival in Statesville, NC, and the Immigration Film Festival in Washington, DC.

The documentaries to be featured at the Knox Film Fest (September 14-16, 2018) are:

  • “7 Days in America,” directed by JEM professor Nick Geidner.
  • “Welcome Home Brother,” directed by Isaac Fowler (JEM ’18) and Tim Morris (JEM ’18).
  • “Abigail’s Picnic,” directed by Brock Zych (JEM ’18), Story Sims (JEM ’18), and Deshawn Thomas (JEM ’18).
  • “Meant to Be,” produced and directed by Yuan Yue (CCI-JEM MS ’18).
  • “Lieselotte,” directed by Isaac Fowler (JEM ’18), edited by current JEM student Matthew Freels, and produced by Chandler Burgess (JEM ’18). 

Promotional Poster for the student film Welcome Home Brother. Provided by Land Grant Films.      “7 Days in America,” which follows a family of Burundian refugees and their case worker as they adjust to a new life in Knoxville, will also be screened at the Immigration Film Festival (October 26-29, 2018). “Welcome Home Brother,” about the Vietnam Veterans of America Knoxville Chapter giving voice to Vietnam veterans in East Tennessee, and “Lieselotte,” which focuses on a 92-year-old German-born resident of Kingston, TN who still works 60 hours per week at her Italian restaurant, will also be screened at the Full Bloom Film Festival (September 13-15, 2018). Promotional poster for student film Lieselotte. Provided by Land Grant Films.

Two of the films, “7 Days in America” and “Welcome Home Brother,” were produced as part of the Land Grant Films initiative established by Dr. Geidner to provide students further opportunities to engage in professional filmmaking and develop skills that can be applied to work beyond their academic careers. For more information about Land Grant Films, see