Our Storytelling Journey
TeleProductions, Kent State University's full-service video production center, released the trailer of a new documentary titled “Our Journey in Telling a Story.”
The documentary was originally created to tell the story of the collaborations that took place in order to tell the story of Olympian Lennox Kilgour, father of Kent State professor Joanne Kilgour Dowdy, Ph.D. Kilgour was a weightlifter from Trinidad and Tobago who won a bronze medal in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. In 2014, Dowdy, who teaches in the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, released a children’s book about her father, titled, “Olympic Hero: Lennox Kilgour's Story.”
The documentary, created by TeleProductions with the help of Dowdy, starts with a historic glance into the life of Kilgour, but the project has evolved into a piece about Dowdy’s creative process. “Our Journey in Telling a Story” encompasses how starting with a children’s book written by Dowdy grew into a collaborative project including: an illustrator, an animator, a translator and a documentarian, and how this creative, collaborative process can translate into the classroom.
“It’s become a teaching tool as well as a historical documentary,” said Shane Roach, a producer and director for TeleProductions.
Roach, Dowdy and student Nicole Byers presented the trailer for the documentary at the 23rd annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference on Friday, Oct. 21, during a roundtable discussion.
The annual conference, hosted by the University Teaching Council, focuses on the four pillars of a Kent State undergraduate curriculum: knowledge, insight, responsibility and engagement.
The full documentary will be released at the beginning of 2017.
For more than 50 years, TeleProductions has provided the university and the surrounding community with a wide range of media services, technical and instructional support and award-winning video and audio productions. TeleProductions' facilities include a fully digital high-definition satellite uplink/production truck, a television production studio, a video duplication center and several post-production edit suites.