A documentary made by UT Knoxville students chronicling the Medal of Honor Convention recently held in Knoxville premiered on March 26.
“Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention” was shown at the East Tennessee Historical Society, in downtown Knoxville.
“The documentary represents the hard work and commitment of the 28 students who were involved in the project. They did everything on this documentary, and, in the end, produced a professional work that will serve as a lasting reminder of this important event,” said JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner who directs the Medal of Honor Project, an award-winning service-learning collaboration between UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media and the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention.
“Conspicuous Gallantry” features interviews with 10 Medal of Honor recipients, both co-chairs of the convention and numerous other individuals involved in the convention. It highlights events that took place during the convention and the amazing stories of the recipients the city honored.
“The Medal of Honor Project is by far the most realistic journalism experience I’ve had at UT,” said the documentary’s lead producer, Annie Carr, a journalism and electronic media junior from Blountville. “Working on this documentary was really eye-opening, both in getting experience and gaining a new appreciation for these men who have done such extraordinary things for our country.”
Although the convention is over, the project will continue sharing stories about the Medal of Honor and its recipients. UT students are currently working on educational videos for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and plan to attend the 2015 Medal of Honor convention in Boston to work on a second documentary.
“The Medal of Honor Project gives our students the chance to apply their journalistic skills in a real-world setting and to tell the stories of true American heroes,” Geidner said. “We are also expanding our mission to tell the stories of the less celebrated heroes in our community.”
In that vein, the premiere also featured a bonus screening of a 12-minute short documentary focused on Project Healing Water, a not-for-profit organization that teaches and takes wounded veterans fly fishing. Geidner and three journalism students—Clinton Elmore, a graduate student from Knoxville; Hannah Marley, a sophomore from Memphis; and Maxwell Baker, a junior from Oak Ridge—produced the short film. (“Teach a Man to Fish” is available for viewing on the UT Medal of Honor Project website at http://www.MoHProject.org.)