An EMC class of twelve students recently returned from Athens, Greece where they shot footage for three documentary films under the instruction of Professor Tom Neff. The students divided into three teams of four students each. Their assignment was to create a ten-minute documentary about a subject of their choice engaged in some sort of creative activity. After shooting for three weeks in Athens, the students returned to our campus where they will edit and complete their films.
Participating students can be seen in the photo above in front of the Acropolis. From left to right: Joshua Leedham, Christopher Snyder, Michael Patton, Sara Daily, Joseph Dempsey, Chad Cordell, Patrick Quinn, Patrick Murphy, Andrew Pigue, and Reid Miller.
Films in production:
1. Parkour City: Parkour is not just a sport, but a lifestyle. Panos is a coach, mentor, and friend to those that go to Athens Parkour Academy. By teaching Parkour to his students, Panos instills life values of a healthy body, mind and soul.
2. Martha Frintzila is a singer, actress, and teacher in the city of Athens. Surrounded by a team of her friends and family, she directs classes and performances at her studio Baumstrasse, fighting night and day to keep art alive.
3. Camillo is an artist who works in the air. Dancer, choreographer, circus performer, Camillo creates performances using the high wire and other acrobatics.
This class is the third installment of MTSU’s Signature Documentary Abroad program presented in conjunction with MTSU’s International Affairs office. The class was developed by Professor Tom Neff, who founded and served as the original CEO of The Documentary Channel. Previous class trips have been to Paris, France and Florence, Italy. Films from past classes have been selected for inclusion in film festivals nation-wide.