May 22, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will offer a pair of workshops on making family documentaries in conjunction with The Genealogy Jamboree in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., next month. The workshops are part of LMU’s summer-long Arts in the Gap (AITG) community arts programming.

The annual Genealogy Jamboree is a family event dedicated to learning about one’s genealogical history and heritage. The four-day event also includes pioneer lifestyle demonstrations, crafters and military re-enactors. Programming is held in the Town of Cumberland Gap, The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Virginia’s Wilderness Road State Park. The workshops will show how to preserve stories and family lore to pass on for generations to come. The cost to attend is $20 per workshop or $30 for both. Award-winning filmmakers Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell will focus on capturing history using tools that are already in most homes.

Conducting the Artful Interview is set for Friday, June 7, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Convention center. The workshop will explore the joy and challenge of conducting and interview. Participants will experiment with a range of interviewing techniques and polish their listening and observation skills. Also covered in the class discussion will be release forms, ethics of editing, and the role of the interviewer in framing the final story or documentary. Participants will conduct in-class interviews using digital media. The goal of the workshop is to help participants become more experienced and confident in interviews.

Use Your Smartphone or Tablet to Make a Documentary Film will be presented on Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center. Participants will talk about how to use the powerful cameras in today’s smartphones and tablets to make high-quality video documentary. Class discussion will cover lighting, audio, image composition and editing options. Participants will be introduced to the latest gadgets that can improve audio, camera steadiness, lighting and more. Media storage and how to shoot or scan other “b-roll” material – old photos, postcards, documents and scenery -- to enhance your coverage will also be covered.

Campbell and Eubanks have been making documentaries together for over a decade. Both got their start in print – Campbell as founding publisher of Lake Norman Magazine and Eubanks as a writer of profiles, reviews, poetry and short fiction – before crossing over to the video medium. Campbell’s first documentary, Any Day Now, won national awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Association of Women Broadcasters in radio and television. Eubanks is a North Carolina Arts Council Literary Fellowship winner and was director of the Duke University Writers Workshop for 20 years before launching the Table Rock Writers Workshop, a project of the Minnow School. She also works as a communications consultant in higher education and the arts.

Seating is limited and registration is encouraged. Contact AITG Project Manager Darnell Arnoult by email at or call 423.869.7074.

AITG includes stand-alone events as well as residential experiences and camps. Based primarily in LMU’s Paul V. Hamilton Center for the Arts in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., the program will bring a wide range of arts experience to the region. AITG programming will run from June 1 through July 27. A full schedule including links to registration pages can be found at .

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

<< previous page