If the Fines film it,
people will come
Andrea and Sean Fine make documentaries – and they aren’t afraid of where their subjects take them. They have filmed Nile crocodile research in Botswana, refugee children in Ugandan war zone, rebels in Colombia and a motorcycle trek across Chile.
And now the Tennessee Valley has been added to their resume.
The Fines are the award-winning documentary film producers who created “Built for the People: The Story of TVA” in celebration of TVA’s 75th anniversary. The project was commissioned and funded by the TVA retiree organization BVI Inc.
“It was our anniversary tribute to the Valley region and everybody associated with TVA as a way to acknowledge all this agency has done for the Valley and its people over its amazing history,” says Bob Steffy, BVI executive director.
Though the Fines are a young couple, they are anything but new to the film industry. For more than 10 years, the two have been producing, directing and shooting documentaries for television and theaters. In 2007, the Fines premiered the documentary feature “War/Dance” at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Documentary Director Award. The highly acclaimed documentary has won numerous other awards and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Welcome to the Valley
It was a journey of fearless fact-finding from the Smokies to the Shoals that left the couple exhilarated about the TVA documentary, a film that would capture the spirit and people of TVA.
“TVA has been an enormous force of change and progress in the Valley, and it has deeply affected generations of families,” says Andrea Fine. “From the very first meeting we had with the retirees, their commitment to the TVA mission was not ‘just a job’, it was a crusade.”