We showed the educators of the Georgia Communications Association Conference a sneak peek of "Elephants in the Coffee" on Saturday morning in Macon, Georgia.
I was nervous because we had never shown this cut before. We've trimmed more than 15 minutes from the documentary, so it now runs 58 minutes, including credits. And we have added some dramatic video from Tata Coffee biologist Karthic Krishnan.
Editor Duane Regehr has also used music and editing to boost the pace of the documentary. I had followed the good advice of D.K. Bhaskar and eliminated a section of the story that moved in a different direction.
As I looked around the room, everyone seemed to be paying attention right through the end. They applauded and three professors asked if I would bring the documentary to their college. That sounds like good first showing.
Thanks again to the GCA for allowing me to show it. And thanks to the crew who made this possible, including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural Students Austin Morris, Nikki Flippo and Shelby Evans, who you can see in the film.
Dr. Thomas Grant
Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College