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MFA Student Achievements

Rick Dillwood’s short documentary, “How to Make a Heartbeat”, about a lesbian couple’s search for a sperm donor, has screened at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, the OUTrageous Santa Barbara  LGBTQ Film Festival, the Carrboro Film Festival, the ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series Student Showcase, and Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Legacy Film Festival, where it was awarded Runner Up in the Originality category. It will also be included this summer as part of Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized LGBT film exhibition event in the world.

The unusual story depicted in How to Make a Heartbeat also attracted the attention of columnist Doree Shafrir, who included it in her “10 Ways to Have a Baby” article for The Daily Beast .

Cagney Gentry’s film Sena’s Music was an Official Selection at Asheville International Film Festival.  His film Cowboy, Amen was an Official Selection at Athens International Film Festival (Ohio) And his screenplay “Harvest” was a Finalist Selection for Screenplay Competition at The Ivy Film Festival .

J. Scott Parker’s
practicum film New Beginnings was selected for one of this year’s Graduate Student Research Awards by UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network.  His film tells the story of Esperance Munseki Biyama and her sons as they adjust to life in Greensboro, after living in a refugee camp in Benin for eight years.  The film is available for viewing on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HErLmLPVf8 .


Written by uncgmst

May 7, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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