MC senior to show documentary about Tellico Dam history

May 9, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Emily Julian ’13 will host a screening of her documentary short, “Tellico Dam: The Last Stand” on Tues., May 14 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. A brief discussion and Q&A session will follow.

The documentary is part of her Senior Study, which looks at the history of the Tellico Dam, “mainly focusing on the unfair treatment of those forced to relocate due to the flooding of the Tellico Reservoir,” said Julian, who is majoring in art/photography.

Earlier this month, Julian showed a preview of her documentary during her senior exhibition, which also included six 11x17-inch digital prints portraying important scenes and participants of the projects.

Julian originally became interested in the issue of hydroelectric dams during a trip to Chile with other MC students and faculty, where she interviewed the indigenous Mapuche people about their experiences of relocating from their homeland due to the flooding of a reservoir from hydroelectric dams, including Ralco Dam.

“One facet of the research project was to draw comparisons between the happenings of the Tellico Dam and the Ralco Dam,” Julian explained. “Upon returning to Maryville, the research of the Tellico Dam interested me enough to know that I wanted to complete my Senior Study on this topic. When hearing that there had not been a significant film completed on this history, I knew I had to capture the stories of these people and this land before they faded too deep for anyone to remember them.”

Julian, who is from Powell, Tenn., graduated from Clinton High School in 2009. She is the daughter of Phil and Julie Julian.