By Natalie McGill - 07/18/06 12:00 AM EDT
Over the past several years, Michael Moore has ruled the political documentary world. This year, former Vice President Al Gore attracted headlines for his involvement in a documentary about global warming.
But few women are known for their work in the field. Katie Eubanks dreams of filling that void.
Eubanks, a University of Georgia double major in political science and telecommunication arts, wants to attend law school and create documentaries on politics and the legal side of things in Washington.
It should be no surprise she wants civil rights as the focus for a future film. Eubanks is an intern for Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), who has been urging his colleagues to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.
“I am passionate about civil-rights history and how it continues to play out, especially with groups that are disadvantaged,” Eubanks said.
“That’s definitely what I’d like to focus on, how things like [the Voting Rights Act] go from each area of government, how it plays out in the courts and how it affects individual people.”
Though it is Eubanks’s first time on the Hill, her documentary plans would not be her first time in front of, or behind, the camera. Eubanks, 20, interned last semester with the Georgia Public Broadcasting show “Lawmakers.” She reported news and assisted with production on the show, which featured daily coverage of the Georgia General Assembly.
“I did editing, did camera work, operated a teleprompter,” Eubanks said. “It ran the gamut.”
Like most interns, Eubanks enjoys giving Capitol tours — that is, when she isn’t answering phones or responding to constituent mail.
“I’ve honestly enjoyed giving tours,” Eubanks said. “They made me learn more about Capitol than I did before. I’m excited to be where everything takes place and be so close to what’s going on.”
A Tate, Ga., native, Eubanks enjoys visiting D.C. museums and shopping in Georgetown. She is especially taking advantage of local concerts with high-profile performers who come through town — but not necessarily through Tate.
Eubanks said she is almost overwhelmed at what she can do in the nation’s capital: “There’s almost too much to do.”