MFA Alum, Wil Davis is putting his exceptional video talents to good use in his new position as the Video and Digital Effects assistant at the Greensboro Science Center (GSC). Wil’s duties for the Educational Department at the GSC involve creating video content for in-house use to help educate visitors about the animals and other exhibits. The GSC hosts a zoo, aquarium, museum and omnisphere. Many of the newer exhibits feature ipads that contain digital content such as videos and pictures that are used to give information about the animals on display. Wil helps create content for the ipads as well as multi-media shows designed to educate children about science.
Wil recently directed a 30-second TV spot as well for the GSC, yet another duty of his very busy position! Wil is able to utilize his filmmaking skills in new fun and interesting ways, as he states, “Working at the GSC is extremely rewarding because I get to use filmmaking as a tool for science education. Plus my co-workers are an extremely talented and intelligent bunch!”
To view Wil’s TV spot, click on the link below. To see his other video work, head over the Greensboro Science Center!
Cagney Gentry, Media Studies MFA alum, is profiled in the February edition of Winston-Salem Monthly magazine. Gentry discusses his experience of using Kickstarter to help fund his film, Harvest. Gentry’s interests include films with delayed narratives. Harvest employs this narrative device to explore the changes in the life of a mountain man who is a ginseng hunter when his day to day routine is disrupted.
Gentry wrapped production on Harvest in the spring of 2013 with the help of his Kickstarter project. He is currently sending the film out to some of the larger film festivals in hopes of obtaining premiere status. He hopes to show Harvest to local audiences once he hears the results of his entries.
For more information visit Gentry’s website for Harvest at: http://www.harvestfilm2014.com
MST student Tiffany Stephenson has been accepted to The American Pavilion Cannes Student Film Program. This prestigious program takes place over a 15-day period during the Cannes Film Festival. Tiffany will be paired with a film industry or faculty mentor who will help guide her Cannes experience. Students in the program are offered ticketing and festival credentials that allow them access to hard to get Festival and Market screenings.
Tiffany will be immersed in the world of film, surrounded by professionals from the industry. She is looking forward to learning from some of the world’s top filmmakers, “I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the festival. I think this will be a great way to start my post graduate career in film.”
Tiffany leaves for Cannes in May. Congratulations, Tiffany!
MFA alumn and current media studies student working on new documentary for the Greensboro Historical Museum.
MFA graduate Mariah Dunn Kramer and current Media Studies student, Siera Schubach (both pictured above) are hard at work on a new documentary for the Greensboro Historical Museum. The documentary, produced in collaboration with the Center for Asian American Media (CAMM) focuses on the lives of three Montagnard immigrant families.
Following is more information about the film from ROAR, the Greensboro Historical Museum’s newsletter:
“The first Montagnard immigrants to the United States came as refugees in 1986, a small group of about 200 who had supported U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. The majority of Montagnard Americans are more recent arrivals who have fled religious and political persecution. There are more Montagnards (French for “mountain people”) in North Carolina—30,000—than any place outside Southeast Asia. The four teens sharing their stories have arrived in the past decade, their families supported by the local immigrant community, volunteer sponsors and professionals, all helping with their transition. Filmmaker Mariah Dunn Kramer is struck by these youth. “They are wise beyond their years. They seem really mature and they think about life seriously, and have serious goals and aspirations. They also have a huge connection to family…they want to support their families and take care of their families into their older years.” Curator Dean MacLeod notes, “The documentary will have universal themes.” The two co-producers hope to show the families’ diverse experiences, for assimilation includes navigating daily life, school, job training and placement and bridging differences between generations. “They have a high ambition to succeed,” Dunn Kramer adds.”
The film is scheduled to be completed this spring with planned distribution to public television stations and educational institutions. Public screenings in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte are forthcoming. Look for information on dates and times of screenings in upcoming blog entries!
Dr. Michael Frierson was interviewed for the forthcoming documentary Klansville, USA for the PBS series American Experience. Frierson’s father, Dargan Frierson, was an FBI agent in Greensboro during the 1960s and worked extensively with COINTERLPRO: WHITE HATE, an FBI program designed to infiltrate and disrupt the Klan. Frierson produced a personal one hour documentary about his father in 2009 called FBI KKK.
Klansville, USA will premier on PBS on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:00pm. A trailer for the film is here: Klansville, USA trailer, and an excerpt from the film is available here: The Klan and the FBI.
Dr. Geoffrey Baym, Media Studies Department Chair, will be a keynote speaker this week for a conference at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The conference, Hybridity and the News: Hybrid Forms of Journalism in the 21st Century, is sponsored by the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies and the Brussels Platform for Journalism.
For more information on Dr. Baym’s speech, “Border Stories: Journalism at the Intersection of News and Narrative,” please visit the conference website: Hybridity and the News.
MST senior, Siera Schubach is this year’s winner of the John Lee Jellicorse Scholarship. Siera’s interests include representation of women and Native Americans in media:
“For nearly all my life I have been in love with film. As a film enthusiast, writer and filmmaker, my goal is to improve the representation of women in media. I would like to have my own production company that supports women in all areas of the film industry and works to create images of women on film that are both realistic and empowering. I would also like to improve the depiction of Native Americans on screen by creating youth-focused programs that would support and encourage positive self-image and representation through film. Film is a powerful medium to create change, and that’s what I plan to do.”