This semester, sophomore composition majors in Dr. Emily Koh’s Introduction to Composition (MUSI 2822) Grant Allen, Sydney Domel, Eric Dowler, Marley Gilbert and Cameron Gwynn collaborated with Grady College students in Dr. Taylor Miller’s Documentary Production (EMST 5270/7270) in producing and scoring the five-episode first season of DOC-U, a documentary series focusing on Georgia themes. These episodes were produced alongside Mary Lynn Miller from the Richard B. Russell Jr. Special Collections Libraries Building who facilitated the research.
Each of the five episodes comprising Season One explores Georgia themes through an impressive array of collaborations, including with the UGA Veterinary Hospital and the Athletics Department, several local community groups and businesses, as well as the Departments of Economics, Anthropology, History, Geography, and Music Business, among others. The five episodes are:
Episode 1: “The Olympics Come to Georgia” (scored by Eric Dowler)
Episode 2: “The Limits of the Hope Scholarship” (scored by Marley Gilbert)
Episode 3: “Yonah and O’Ryan” (scored by Cameron Gwynn)
Episode 4: “Below Baldwin” (scored by Sydney Doemel)
Episode 5: ““Athens’ Downtown Music Scene” (scored by Grant Allen)
The premiere screening of DOC-U was held at the Tate Theatre on May 1, 7pm with more than a hundred people–students, families, faculty and community members–in the audience. There were Q&As after Episodes 1,2 and 3, and after Episodes 4 and 5 for the audience to question each student group about their documentary. Popcorn was provided by the Miller Learning Center and UGA Libraries and served by Amy Watts, a reference and research librarian at the UGA Main Library.