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Two documentaries made by UT students working with the Medal of Honor Project will be shown locally in the coming weekends.

Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, a documentary recounting the Medal of Honor Convention held in Knoxville in September 2014, will air on WBIR from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12. In addition to this, the project’s first short documentary, Teach a Man to Fish, will screen at the Knoxville Film Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, at Regal Downtown West Cinema, 1640 Downtown West Blvd.

“These documentaries represent the hard work and commitment of the students who were involved in the project,” said Assistant Professor Nick Geidner, who directs the Medal of Honor Project, a collaboration between UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media and the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention.

School of Journalism and Electronic Media alumnus and Trivial Pursuit co-creator Scott Abbott will be in town to preview the documentary with Geidner’s students on Friday, before the airing on WBIR.

The second film produced by the Medal of Honor Project, Teach a Man to Fish, details the incredible story of Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization that teaches wounded veterans to fly fish. The film follows two veterans as they participate in a Project Healing Waters fishing tournament held on the Clinch River in October 2013.

Teach a Man to Fish not only gave my students real-world documentary experience, but it also allowed us to give back to a local organization trying to help wounded veterans,” said Geidner. “While our students will be able to use this film on their resumes, Project Healing Waters will be able to use this film to raise much-needed awareness and funds.”

The twelve-minute film was produced by journalism professor Nick Geidner, sophomore Hannah Marley, junior Maxwell Baker, and graduate student Clinton Elmore.



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