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For Immediate Release


"Speedbird" Documentary Airs on Campus Nov. 14

“Speedbird,” the first documentary film produced by Catawba Valley Community College students and faculty, will be shown Wed., Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., in the college library located on the second floor of the Cuyler A. Dunbar Bldg.  The public is invited; there is no charge.

A conversation with the author/producer and CVCC faculty member Richard Eller follows the film. The showing is sponsored by CVCC’s Center for Teaching Excellence & Research.

The film is based on 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 film first aired on UNC-TV this past spring.
The production of “Speedbird” 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.

For more information, contact Andrea Von Jares, 828-327-7000, ext. 4232.


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Updated 10.30.2008: Administrator