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Welcome Home Brother, a film created by two recent UT graduates as part of Land Grant Films’ Defender of Dreams documentary series, received a nomination in the topical documentary category of the Midsouth Regional Emmys.

“The news of our recent Emmy nomination is very exciting. I am so thankful for those who appeared in our film and everyone at Land Grant who helped us along the way,” said Tim Morris, who along with Isaac Fowler directed Welcome Home Brother. “When we made this documentary, we never expected it to go as far as it has gone. We are just extremely blessed.”

The eight-minute documentary, created in 2017, tells the story 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. The series was produced in collaboration with East Tennessee PBS.

“The award is a huge compliment to the work Tim and Isaac put into this project. While it is their first Emmy nomination, I’m sure it won’t be their last,” said associate professor Nick Geidner. “The success Tim and Isaac and the rest of the Defenders of the Dream series wouldn’t be possible without the support of our donors, project mentors, and producing partners, Nolpix Media and East Tennessee PBS. Filmmaking is a team sport, and we are so grateful for the team that supports Land Grant Films.”

Welcome Home Brother has shown at the Nashville, Knox, Full Bloom, and College Media Association Film Festivals. The documentary took first place in the short documentary category at the CMA festival and third place in the Tennessee film documentary category at the Knox festival.

Geidner created Land Grant Films in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in UT’s College of Communication and Information to give students hands-on experience in documentary storytelling while providing no-cost video services for local nonprofit organizations.


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