To produce high-quality documentaries for screening
and distribution outside of Elon. Final products are
produced under the elondocs name in partnership with
programs when appropriate. In keeping with
Elon’s goal for student learning, all work
includes student participation.
Projects come from faculty and student collaborations
that start with faculty mentorship. Guided by
professors, students gain hands-on experience in the
art of creating documentaries. They plan, write,
produce and direct documentaries on important social
issues. Some projects originate in the School of
Communications with independent projects linked to
elondocs. Other projects are Communications faculty
initiatives with student participation.
The program also works in partnership with other
programs on campus to help realize the documentary
portion of their work. Project Pericles
and PERCS (the
Program for Ethnographic Research and Community
Studies) are two recent partners. A filmmaker in
residence will also work on projects, and students will
be integral in each stage of their work.
As part of the elondocs, students learn the methods of
documentary through their own productions and through
collaboration on the projects of other students and
faculty. elondocs will work with students on every
stage of the project from creation to completion.