"Once Upon A River -- The History of the Cumberland" returns to campus for an encore presentation at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium. The film, which explores the culture, traditions and people who made this region what it is today, is the work of Nashville songwriter Eddie Reasoner and has been praised by former Governor Winfield Dunn as a "great service" to Tennesseans. Its initial screening at Tennessee Tech in January attracted an audience of 900.
The two-hour film takes viewers on a visual journey through space and time as it weaves together history, stunning visuals, rare photographs and archival film footage of the Cumberland River and its importance to the region. Tennessee State Library Archivist Wayne Moore praised the work as the best documentary produced for Tennessee's bicentennial.
Reasoner, who spent seven years researching, writing and developing the film, will be on hand to introduce it and answer any questions the audience may have.
Among the film's rich panorama of history are:
The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come basis. For more information, call Ilene Qualls at 615/372-6252.