Trojan Treasure: Documentary Club


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By Jill Odom

Variety Editor


The eighth Trojan Treasure is the Troy University Documentary Club (TUDC), which was just formed in the middle spring semester 2013 by Chad Downs, a senior marketing major from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

TUDC focuses on two things: watching eye-opening documentaries on various subjects, discussing them
afterwards and producing documentaries.

The organization meets every Tuesday in Bibb Graves Room 129 at 7 p.m. It welcomes all students, especially those interested in learning about normally unheard of topics. It is especially suited for individuals interested in practicing filming, journalism, marketing or communication.

The Documentary Club’s mission is to provide a platform for exchanging ideas and information with other like-minded students.

When asked about why he created the club, Downs said: “50 percent was out of the personal love I have for documentary films and the critical knowledge that it has brought me. The other 50 percent was because I wanted to start something that I could grow and work on during my college career.”

The group created a film over the summer that asked the question “what does Troy mean to you?” The group interviewed professors, students and even the Chancellor.

The film served as an opportunity for Downs and TUDC’s cameraman, Josh Lewis, a junior graphic design major from Kansas City, Mo., to get acquainted with each other during the film-making process. Due to technical issues, the documentary is still in the editing phase.

The club will start its YouTube channel when its first film is finished.

TUDC has started production on its second film. The film will look at disability awareness.

It will focus on the struggle of disabled Troy University students through personal interviews. It will examine what problems disabled students have on campus, disability awareness organizations and what Troy’s administration is doing to create a more disability-friendly campus.

On Tuesday Oct. 8, the organization discussed its next fundraising event, the new club banner and then watched an astronaut-guided tour of the International Space Station.

The group has already had half a dozen meetings and three on-campus fundraisers. It is TUDC’s goal to complete the disability documentary and work with more sponsors.

Dues are $10 a year. The club consists of 10-13 members because of it being new, but Downs hopes it will to continue to grow.

Those who wish to get in touch with the Troy
University Documentary Club can email Chad Downs at or find them on Facebook.

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