"Defenders of the Dream" airing on ETPBS this month

In coordination with the premiere of Ken Burns' new, epic documentary "The Vietnam War" East Tennessee PBS will air Land Grant Films' documentary program, "Defenders of the Dream." The half-hour program is comprised of three student-produced, short documentaries about the lives of Vietnam veterans in East Tennessee. The program will air September 14th at 10:30 p.m., September 17th at 7:00 p.m. and September 24th at 11:00 p.m.

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Land Grant Micros

Short stories about the people, places and things that make Knoxville home. Learn more about LGF Micros

News

Here's the latest information on Land Grant Films.

Land Grant Doc Club

LGF is launching a new student club centered around documentary filmmaking.

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New Land Grant Micro Docs

Starting August 22nd, Land Grant Films will be releasing a new series of social media-friendly micro-documentaries.

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Student Doc to Premiere Sept 1

“Defenders of the Dream: Student Documentaries about the Vietnam War” will premiere at the East Tennessee Historical Society on September 1st at 5:00 p.m.

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Portfolio

Here is a collection of some of the work we have done during the last couple years.

Reaching Recovery: Pregnancy & Addiction in ET

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.

Changing Gears

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.

Teach a Man to Fish

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.

In His Own Words: Charles Coolidge

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.

Conspicuous Gallantry

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.

The Character Development Program in Tennessee

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.

Our Mission

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.

Our History

In 2013, we launched the Medal of Honor Project as a service-learning program devoted to covering the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention held in Knoxville, Tenn. Our students produced a 45-minute documentary about the event that aired on WBIR, Knoxville's NBC affiliate. After the convention, we decided to continue doing documentaries, but to broaden our focus by working with various non-profit organizations to create a wide range of stories.

Our Team

Nick Geidner

Director &
Associate Professor of Journalism

Clinton Elmore

Assistant Director &
Video Production Specialist

Yuan Yue

Graduate Assistant &
Journalism Graduate Student

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.

Our Advisory Board

John Becker

Anchor & Reporter
WBIR-TV, Knoxville

Kevin McIntyre

Director & Owner
FWD: Video & Promotion

Catherine Luther

Director & Professor
UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media

Taylor Hathorn

Annual Giving Officer
UT Haslam College of Business

Contact Us

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.