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Media Studies Alum Film to be Screened at RiverRun and WAMM Festivals

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Maurice Hicks, 2010 Media Studies and Psychology graduate, is experiencing great success with his film, A Letter to My Son. Maurice’s film has been selected to several festivals including the Women and Minorities in Media (WAMM) and RiverRun film festivals.

A Letter to My Son will screen at the WAMM festival at Towson University on Friday, April 10th. Maurice will host a Q & A after the screening and participate in a panel discussion during the festival. The schedule for the RiverRun festival next month includes screenings on the 19th and 24th with Q & A sessions after each.

A Letter to My Son is a narrative film about a would-be father who pens a hypothetical letter to his unborn son. In a heartfelt, monologue style, the man outlines his fears, thoughts on society, justice, the state of the world, and apprehensions that keep him from allowing his son to be born.

Please see the following link for a recent news story on RiverRun that features Maurice.

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triad/news/2015/03/16/riverrun-film-festival-in-winston-salem-next-month-for-17th-year.html

Maurice has also been contacted by the Greensboro city council about participating in roundtable discussion about issues, problems and obstacles that face members of the community. Maurice states that the roundtables are,“…geared towards civic duty and raising awareness about the area’s population.”

Since graduating, Maurice has written, produced, and directed his own feature length film, directed a web commercial for Blu e-Cigs, acted as 1st assistant director in commercials for companies such as Food Lion and CSX, produced commercial content for restaurants, and various other projects.

Congratulations to Maurice for all of these accomplishments!

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March 18, 2015 at 4:42 pm

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Professor Emeritus, Anthony Fragola’s Documentary to Screen at Weatherspoon Art Museum

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Professor Emeritus, Anthony Fragola will present his documentary, Another Corleone: Another Sicily on Sunday, March 15th at 2pm at the Weatherspoon Art Gallery on the campus of UNCG. Professor Emeritus Fragola taught in the Media Studies department at UNCG for more than 30 years. This documentary is the culmination of a series of documentaries on the anti-mafia movement in Sicily. Former MFA students, Michael Blair and Inez Chambers edited the film.

For more information on the film, please see below:

“Witness the history and legacy of the anti-mafia movement in Sicily brought to light through the documentary film,Another Corleone: Another Sicily.

In the eyes of many Americans and throughout most of the world Sicilians are viewed as mafiosi.

Francis Coppola’s internationally acclaimed 1972 film, The Godfather, propelled this stereotypical view to mythic proportions and romanticized the mafia.

Little is known of the heroic anti-mafia movement in Sicily that originated among the peasants.  Since the late 1800’s, agrarian leaders emerged. As they organized and grew in strength, pressing for reforms, the mafia murdered them, thereby halting progress for decades.

Yet new leaders emerged, determined to carry on the fight, even at the cost of their own lives.

The legacy of these leaders is embodied in three farm cooperatives created from lands confiscated from the mafia in the area of Corleone.”

To view the trailer for the film:

Another Corleone: Another Sicily

For more information, please contact Professor Emeritus Fragola at: 336-402-2009 or afragola@uncg.ed

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March 11, 2015 at 4:22 pm

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MFA Alum Directs Commercial for Greensboro Science Center

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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!

Wil’s GSC Commercial

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February 15, 2015 at 7:12 pm

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MFA Alum Profiled in Winston-Salem Monthly

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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

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February 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

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MST Student Accepted to Cannes Student Film Program

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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!

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February 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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MFA alumn and current media studies student working on new documentary for the Greensboro Historical Museum.

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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!

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January 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm

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Dr. Frierson Interviewed for PBS documentary!

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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.

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January 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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