In September 2017 East Tennessee PBS will be airing Ken Burns’ new epic documentary, The Vietnam War. The 10-part, 18-hour documentary will cover all aspects of the war from beginning to end. In coordination with the release of The Vietnam War, Land Grant Films will be producing a half-an-hour documentary about the Vietnam War through the eyes of student filmmakers.
Land Grant Films will offer three student filmmakers — who will be competitively selected through an application/proposal process — grants and production support to create six to eight minute documentaries related to the Vietnam War. The opportunity is open to all University of Tennessee-Knoxville students. Applications are due on February 10th. Here are all the details and application info.
Our mission is to provide University of Tennessee students with real-world experience in documentary storytelling while providing local non-profit organizations with videos assets that can be used to raise awareness and funds. We aim to do this by building strong service-learning relationships with local non-profit organizations and working with our students to tell the stories of the people and issues affected by these organizations.
Land Grant Films is currently in post-production on a documentary examining the refugee resettlement process is East Tennessee. For three months, LGF producers and videographers follow a family from Burundi as they resettled in Knoxville. The film follows their journey as they try to achieve stability in their lives after more than 12 years living in refugee camps in Tanzania. For this project, we partnered with Bridge Refugee Services. Bridge is the only organization in East Tennessee that contracts with the federal government to resettle refugees.
We are currently in editing and hope to have the film done by late February.
Last year alone, nearly 1,000 children in Tennessee were born drug dependent. "Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy and Addiction in East Tennessee" examines this terrible phenomenon plaguing our state. Through interviews with medical experts, addiction specialists, policy makers, and, most importantly, the mothers whom have struggled with these issues, this half-hour film presents a comprehensive view of the problem and documents the struggles addicted mothers face in reaching recovery. Watch the full documentary.
In April 2015, the first annual Tennessee Para Cycle Open was held in the rolling hills of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “Changing Gears” chronicles the event through the eyes of David Neumer, one of the more than 30 competitors. Neumer turned to competitive para cycling after being severely injured in Afghanistan. The film was directed and produced by Nick Geidner and Clinton Elmore.
Wounded veteran Dan Moneymaker says if it hadn’t been for Project Healing Waters he would be dead. "Teach a Man to Fish" tells the story of this amazing organization and its participants. This film was produced by University of Tennessee professor Nick Geidner and journalism students Clinton Elmore, Hannah Marley and Maxwell Baker.
The Medal of Honor Project produced a five-minute video about Tennessee's only living Medal of Honor recipient T/Sgt. Charles Coolidge for the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association. The video was screened as part of the ETVMA's annual Medal of Honor dinner held on May 4, which honored Mr. Coolidge. The dinner was attended by more than 300 people, including Mr. Coolidge and his family, fellow World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Above is the trailer for our 44-minute documentary chronicling the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention. The film, Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, premiered at the East Tennessee Historical Society on March 26, 2015 and will air on WBIR this fall. It was produced by 28 journalism students from the University of Tennessee. The lead producer was Annie Carr, a junior in journalism and electronic media, and the lead editor was Clinton Elmore, a journalism graduate student. For more information about Conspicuous Gallantry or the Medal of Honor Project see our page dedicated to that initiative.
As part of the Medal of Honor Project’s involvement in 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, one of our graduate students, Nicole Stevens, produced a 8-minute video chronicling the deployment of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Character Development Program in schools across the state of Tennessee. The video was played on the jumbotron at Neyland Stadium as part of the Character Development Program dinner held during the convention at the stadium on UT’s campus.
During the Medal of Honor Convention, more than 30 University of Tennessee journalism students covered the convention from a makeshift newsroom in the convention hotel. The coverage included daily video news briefs, photo galleries, print stories, and stand-alone video packages. Our students' work has garnered many awards, including first place in SPJ's regional Mark of Excellence Awards and first place in ETSPJ's Golden Press Pass Awards.
After more than 18 months of coverage and 100s of hours of footage, our documentary chronicling the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention premiered to more than 100 people at the East Tennessee Historical Society. The film, which is available on DVD, will be airing on WBIR in September 2015 near the anniversary of the Knoxville convention.
Although we are still interested in telling the stories of the Medal of Honor and its recipients, we decided to expand our mission to include telling the stories of everyday heros in East Tennessee. Specifically, we hope to use documentary journalism to shine a light on the non-profit organizations that help make East Tennessee such an amazing place live, work and learn. This transition included relaunching as Land Grant Films, a reference to the land grant status of the University of Tennessee.
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Our senior leadership guides the dozens of students involved in our projects every semester. We're also grateful for our advisory board's help in shaping our organization & improving our films.
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Land Grant Films is currently fundraising for our Vietnam War in East Tennessee documentary. The project will give three student filmmakers the opportunity to produce short documentaries about the Vietnam War and its lasting effect on our region. The students' films will air as part of a half-an-hour program to be broadcast on ETPBS in conjunction with Ken Burns' epic documentary, The Vietnam War, in September 2017.
If your organization is interested in supporting this project, please contact our director Prof. Nick Geidner at ngeidner (at) utk.edu or fill out the contact form below. We also appreciate personal donations of any size. Individuals interested in donating can either contact Prof. Geidner or donate online by clicking the link below.
Are you a student looking to get involved, a non-profit organization with an amazing story, or a individual wanting to support our work? Feel free to contact us below or email Prof. Geidner.