Cherokee Stickball Documentary Scheduled for TV, Festival Premiere
Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina is a tight-knit community of the remaining members of the Cherokee tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. One of the tribes’ cultural traditions still practiced is the game of stickball. In the year 2000, nearly 100 women: mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, and friends, took the field to play and exercise the matriarchal spirit that the Cherokee were known for. ᎡᏘᏴ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁᎮ ᎠᏰᎵᏐ ᎾᏛᏁᎰ / She Carries On tells the story of these women, how and why they played, and what the game means to them and their
Knox County Library Honors Geidner, ‘The Library that Dolly Built’
Knox County Library honored journalism and electronic media associate professor Nick Geidner by presenting him with its 2020 Seeds of Imagination Award on Sept. 17 for his work on the Land Grant Films’ documentary “The Library that Dolly Built.”
This documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides registered children with one free book each month from when they are born to when they turn five years old.
Geidner, who directed and produced the film, has personal experience with this program.
“My oldest son got the Imagination Library books, and we just … Read more “Knox County Library Honors Geidner, ‘The Library that Dolly Built’”
Geidner: ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ Off to Great Start
With Dolly Parton’s new 10-week bedtime-story series Goodnight with Dolly under way, the honorary UT alumna is doing her part to comfort kids all over the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to Associate Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media Nick Geidner, who produced and directed the documentary film The Library That Dolly Built.
“My one-and-a-half-year-old, Sam, who makes some cameos in the film, loved the first episode, especially at the end when Dolly sang ‘I Believe in You,’” Geidner said. “He loved the woo-woo-woos in the song, but I also think he loved it because it is … Read more “Geidner: ‘Goodnight with Dolly’ Off to Great Start”
JEM’s Land Grant Films Creates Veteran Documentaries for East Tennessee PBS
East Tennessee PBS will air five microdocumentaries on area veterans created by UT School of Journalism students, Land Grant Films, and UT’s WUOT-FM.
A release of the microdocumentaries began on Facebook and YouTube in late October. WUOT aired the audio versions October 29 through November 2 along with original content from interviews with East Tennessee veterans.
The microdocumentaries will be compiled into a half-hour show that airs on East Tennessee PBS at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 11, and 5 p.m. Sunday, November 18.
“This project was a great opportunity for us to work with East Tennessee PBS and WUOT to … Read more “JEM’s Land Grant Films Creates Veteran Documentaries for East Tennessee PBS”
Students’ Documentary to Be Featured in Nashville Film Festival
The Nashville Film Festival has announced Welcome Home Brother, directed by School of Journalism and Electronic Media seniors Isaac Fowler and Tim Morris, as an official selection in its short documentary category.
The festival is an Academy Award–qualifying competition and received more than 6,000 entries for 2018.
Fowler and Morris’s eight-minute film documents the experiences of three Vietnam veterans as they find their voice in East Tennessee through the help of the Bill Robinson Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association.
Welcome Home Brother is part of the Land Grant Films’ Defender of the Dream documentary. The project was produced in … Read more “Students’ Documentary to Be Featured in Nashville Film Festival”
JEM students go “Inside the Food Fight” at the World Food Championships
Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) students recently returned from Orange Beach, Alabama, where they spent four days covering the World Food Championships as part of an experiential learning trip organized by Professor Robert Heller and Associate Professor Nick Geidner.
The World Food Championships is an international cooking competition established in 2012 by University of Tennessee JEM Alum Mike McCloud, and one of the largest cooking competitions in the world.
This is the second year that Heller and Geidner have taken a team of students to chronicle the event. This year’s group included Bradley Blackwelder, Payton Boyd, Broch Zych, Kendall Basham, … Read more “JEM students go “Inside the Food Fight” at the World Food Championships”
Students to produce documentary for East Tenn. PBS
UT student filmmakers have been selected to create eight-minute documentaries relating to the Vietnam War through Landgrant Films.
The three short documentaries will come together in a half-hour program that will premiere in coordination with the release of Ken Burns’ new documentary, The Vietnam War, on East Tennessee PBS this September.
Isaac Ward, Jesse Tipton and Issac Fowler & Tim Morris will begin to create their submitted proposals over the summer. Their stories could range from historic looks at Knoxville during the war, profiles of veterans from the war, stories of organizations working with Vietnam veterans or anything they … Read more “Students to produce documentary for East Tenn. PBS”
Faculty discuss media and politics
Local news stations have asked JEM faculty members to provide context to the Trump presidency and current media culture.
Professor Amber Roessner appeared on WBIR to discuss social media use during Trump’s Inauguration.
“He was really focusing on those anti-establishment and populist tones that kind of echo to some degree back to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.”
Professor Nick Geidner was interviewed by WATE about fake news and the current media climate.
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“Us local news organizations need to be out front of reporting what is actually affecting people, because I think a lot of
Film festival screens JEM students’ work
Landgrant Films’ latest documentary will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival. Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addiction in East Tennessee examines children born drug-dependent in East Tennessee. The half-hour documentary was produced by JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner and crewed by 10 journalism students.
“I am proud of our student’s and the work they have done,” Geidner said, “And we are excited to share this issue with the community.”
The Knoxville Film Festival runs from August 26 to 28 at Regal Downtown West Cinema. Reaching Recovery will screen on the … Read more “Film festival screens JEM students’ work”
Knoxville Film Fest to Feature JEM Film
A short documentary produced by faculty and students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media will be screened as part of the Knoxville Film Fest. “Teach a Man to Fish” is a 12-minute documentary telling the story of Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that teaches and takes wounded veterans fly fishing. The story follows two veterans who participated in the Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge fly fishing tournament in October of 2014. The film was directed by graduate student Clinton Elmore, produced by assistant professor Nick Geidner and junior Hannah Marley, and edited by junior Maxwell Baker. The … Read more “Knoxville Film Fest to Feature JEM Film”