UT Student Receives National Award for Video Documentary

Caroline Knight, a cinema studies and video production major at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, made the trip to New York to receive an award for her video documentary, “Visionary.” The College Media Association selected “Visionary” as winner of the long documentary category.

“Visionary” documents the story of Sue Buckley, co-founder of Club VIBES, and how she’s given back since losing her own eyesight and learned to live independently. Buckley created Club VIBES as a way to advocate and teach others who are blind and visually impaired about resources available to them and how to use them in order to live a more independent life. The documentary shows how Buckley has even given those who are visually impaired or blind the chance to ride a bike.

Knight, a junior from Nashville, was inspired to create “Visionary” for her final project after taking a non-fiction video art class with Paul Harrill, a Knoxville-based director and UT associate professor. Her internship last summer in New York also influenced the project.

“I interned for a health and lifestyle website called HealthiNation,” Knight said. “They actually have an award winning documentary series about people who live with and are advocates for chronic health conditions so I made Visionary keeping them in mind.”

“Visionary” has also been accepted into the Nashville Film Festival that will take place April 14-23.

Knight found her passion for film and photography at a young age. Her backyard and bedroom are where she found her first subjects and opened her studio.

“As a kid I used to come home from school every day and climb around my backyard taking pictures of ladybugs and dead leaves,” said Knight. “I used to arrange my room to be like a little studio and would make up stories with my stuffed animals and stage pictures of me with them.”

Knight said that after college, she hopes to move to New York to continue making creative non-fiction work that advocate for different causes.

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