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UNC TV Airs Student/Faculty-Produced Documentary May 10

UNC TV will air “Speedbird,” the first documentary film produced by Catawba Valley Community College students and faculty on May 10 at 10 p.m.

The film is based on Richard Eller’s “Piedmont Airlines: A Complete History, 1948-89,” published in 2008.  In the college’s first Video History Class, Eller and his students produced the film which follows the airline from its humble beginnings at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, to its buyout by USAir.
The documentary was supported by a gift from the Tom Davis Fund. It was also financially supported by the Piedmont Silver Eagles, a nonprofit organization formed in 1978 by Piedmont Airlines retired pilots, and the CVCC Foundation, Inc.

Eller has produced 17 documentary films and co-authored the book “The Tarheel Lincoln” with Jerry Goodnight. He serves as department head of social sciences at CVCC and has taught history since there 1999.

Check your local television listings for the UNC TV channel in your broadcast area.


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