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Student-Made Documentaries Take Home Awards at Knox Film Festival

Isaac Fowler, left, and Tim Morris, right, with Doug (Snapper) Morgan, a Vietnam veteran featured in Welcome Home Brother, at the Knox Film Festival. Two documentaries with ties to UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media and Land Grant Films took home awards at the 2018 Knox Film Festival.

Welcome Home Brother took third place and Lieselotte took second place in the Tennessee Film Documentary category. Lieselotte also placed second in the Documentary Short Film category.

Both documentaries involved recent graduate Isaac Fowler (BS/JEM ’18), who had personal ties to each film. Fowler’s father served in the Vietnam War, and Lieselotte “Lottie” O’Brien is an icon in his hometown of Kingston, Tennessee.

“The festival is a huge asset to our local film community, and this year it proved to be an exhibition ground for documentary film produced through the JEM and Land Grant Films programs,” said Fowler. “JEM students and our larger university community should take advantage of having a well-established regional film festival in our backyard by submitting their films and screening other films selected by the fest during next year’s event.”Matt Freels with Fowler receive their award at the Knox Film Festival.

Welcome Home Brother, directed by Fowler and fellow graduate Tim Morris (BS/JEM ’18), tells the story of three Vietnam veterans as they find their voices in East Tennessee through the help of the Bill Robinson Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association. Fowler and Morris’s documentary is part of Land Grant FilmsDefender of the Dream documentary series, which aired on East Tennessee PBS.