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YES! Weekly article highlights CFVF events

In this week’s edition of YES! Weekly, movie critic Mark Burger interviews Carolina Film & Video Festival co-director Cindy Hsieh and UNCG alum Michael Ferrell, whose debut feature film Twenty Million People will screen at the Elliott University Center at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

For full story, visit: http://npaper-wehaa.com/yes-weekly/2013/02/20/?article=1819318&output=html


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February 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

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B&G Studios garners national attention for UNCG Media Studies

UNCG Film Studies majors David Stapp and Jesse Ashe, Class of 2013, founded B&G Studios out of mutual respect and a desire to simply make movies. Stapp and Ashe formed B&G Studios as a student collaborative and the upstart production company has produced seven award-winning films under its masthead.  A student-run production company, B&G’s filmmakers have garnered 14 awards and 17 clients to date.

Stapp’s film, “Relapse,” has been named a national finalist of Campus Movie Fest, the world’s largest student film festival. In June, Stapp, along with 20 of his B&G collaborators, will travel to Los Angeles for the national competition.

In 2011, both Stapp and Ashe had their films nominated at Campus Movie Fest. Stapp’s film, “Life After Death,” won Best Drama and Best Director, which sent him to the national competition in Los Angeles. Stapp finished in the top five in voting for Best Director and top 25 for Best Picture. 

Five B&G films have been nominated for awards this year — Relapse, Moon, Light, Jeff and Love Digital. There’s event the possibility one of B&G Studios films could screen at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Jesse Ashe’s “Love Digital” will screen on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the 2013 Carolina Film & Video Festival. 

B&G Studios, which stands for Blue & Gold — UNCG’s school colors — has seen its ranks swell to 40 student filmmakers who all specialize in specific areas like cinematography, editing and sound design.

B&G Studios is currently in talks with the university to explore the possibility of offering internships to Media Studies majors as part of the department’s overall curriculum. In the meantime, Stapp and Ashe continue to hold weekly pitch sessions where student filmmakers bring their ideas to the table, as the awards continue to pile up for the student-run artist collaborative known as B&G Studios.

For the full story, visit: http://ure.uncg.edu/features/2013/02/15/filmmakers/

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February 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

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2013 Carolina Film &Video Festival kicks off Feb. 20

cfvf_2013_4x6The 2013 Carolina Film & Video Festival kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 20 with screenings of films by student and independent filmmakers, including a selection of films by UNCG and North Carolina filmmakers. The Carolina Film & Video Festival (CFVF) is an annual celebration of independent film festival held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

CFVF features animated, narrative, documentary, and experimental films from around the globe. CFVF has on-campus screenings and daytime programming throughout festival week, which runs Feb. 20-23.

On Sunday, Feb. 10, CFVF will hold a Launch Party at Aperture Cinema in downtown Winston-Salem beginning at 7 p.m. We will be screening a selection of past festival favorites plus a sneak preview of some of this year’s films. Admission is free. Aperture Cinema is located at 311 West 4th Street in the heart of the Winston-Salem Arts District. For further info, check out the festival website: http://www.cfvfestival.org.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20, CFVF will present an eclectic group of student films in a program entitled, “Visions.” That will be followed by a showcase of five films by North Carolina filmmakers. The evening will conclude with a screening of North Carolina native Olympia Stone’s feature documentary, The Cardboard Bernini.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, CFVF will screen the 2006 documentary film, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, followed by a panel discussion on flaws in the criminal justice system that have led to hundreds of wrongful convictions in North Carolina and nationwide. Panelists include Mark Rabil, Darryl Hunt’s attorney; Jim Coleman, co-director, Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Duke University School of Law; Phoebe Zerwick, former Winston-Salem Journal reporter featured in The Trials of Darryl Hunt; Rev. Willard Bass, founder, The Institute for Dismantling Racism; Saundra Westervelt, UNCG sociology professor, author, Life After Death Row.

A block of experimental/documentary shorts will follow the panel discussion.

On Friday, Feb. 22, CFVF will present Emilio Rojas, an openly gay Mexican-American artist and filmmaker. Rojas will speak about his career as an artist working in a variety of mediums and introduce his 20-minute short film, Intersections, which was shot at Elsewhere artist collaborative in Greensboro. Following Intersections, Rojas will participate in a panel discussion on LGBT equality issues.

A block of foreign narrative shorts will follow the panel discussion.

CFVF programming on Saturday, Feb. 23 will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a block of dramatic short films. The evening’s festivities will begin with a 6:30 p.m. screening of director Michael Ferrell’s comedy, 20 Million People. The film will be followed by a block of comedic short films, which will segue into the awards ceremony and a raffle drawing for some terrific prizes.

The Closing Night Film, director So Yong Kim’s For Ellen, will screen at 9 p.m. Starring Paul Dano, John Heder and Jena Malone, For Ellen was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Parties and receptions will be a big part of CFVF 2013, so come early, stay late and network with other filmmakers and film enthusiasts! 2013 Carolina Film & Video Film Festival Schedule Wednesday, February 20th 5:00PM – 5:15PM Visions Reception 5:15PM-6:45PM Visions Intro, Films (75 min)

  • The Elect (19:25 minutes) – Notre Dame
  • Coup Savage (7:20 minutes) – L’Institut national de l’image et du son
  • Hindsight (14 minutes) – Emerson College
  • The Birds Upstairs (8:34 minutes) – NYU
  • Incest The Musical (23 minutes) – Dodge College of Film & Media Art
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

7:00PM-7:30PM Reception 7:30PM NC Filmmakers (77 min)

  • Sergeant Townsend (Narrative) RT: 12 min (NC School of the Arts)
  • Daffodil (Narrative) RT: 10 min (NC School of the Arts)
  • Rebuild (Experimental Narrative) RT: 7 min (NC Filmmaker)
  • Sunflowers (Narrative) RT: 11 min (NC Filmmaker)
  • Wagonmasters (Documentary) RT: 37 min (NC Filmmaker)
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)


  • Cardboard Bernini (Documentary) RT: 80 min (NC Filmmaker)

10:30PM UNCG Showcase

  • TBA
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

Thursday, February 21st 6:00PM-7:00PM Reception 7:00PM-8:46PM – Trials of Darryl Hunt (Documentary) RT: 1:46 9:00PM-10:00PM – Panel Discussion 10:00PM Panelist Reception- Old Town Draught House 10:00PM Experimental/Documentary Shorts(35 min)

  • Here inside you (Experimental) RT: 3min
  • I’ll be your mirror (Experimental) RT: 2min
  • Rose Apple Tree (Documentary) RT: 30min
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

Friday, February 22nd 6:00PM-6:30PM Reception 6:30PM-7:00PM Guest Speaker Emilio Rojas 7:00PM Intersections (Documentary) RT: 20min 7:30PM-8:30PM LGBT Panel Discussion 8:30 PM Panelist Reception- Old Town Draught House 8:45PM Narrative Foreign Shorts (71 min total)

  • A Matter of Sex RT: 28 min (Israel)
  • Easter Eggs RT: 16 min (Croatia)
  • The Wanderer RT: 12 min (Canada)
  • The Campers RT: 15 min (UK)
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

10:00pm After Party with The Family- New York Pizza Saturday, February 23rd 4:30PM Dramatic Shorts (76 min total)

  • Big Horn Sheep RT: 16 min
  • Quiet Girl’s Guide to Violence RT: 15 min (Acquired)
  • Henley RT: 11 min (Acquired)
  • Olivia RT: 15 min
  • Game Night RT: 12 min
  • The Weaver RT: 6:40 (Acquired/NC Filmmaker)
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

6:00PM-6:30PM Reception 6:30PM 20 Million People RT: 75 min (Comedy) 7:45PM Comedy Shorts (46 min total)

  • Madly Unto Eternity RT: 13 min
  • The Office One RT: 10 min
  • Fuck Lance Armstrong RT: 13 min
  • The Cub RT: 5 min (Acquired)
  • Born This Way RT: 5:18 min (Acquired)*
  • Grass of Parnassus RT: 7 min
  • Q&A (with attending filmmakers)

8:45PM-9:00PM Awards & Raffle Drawing 9:00PM For Ellen RT: 1:34 (Drama) 11:00PM Wrap Party For over thirty years, CFVF has strived not only to give emerging and independent filmmakers their first break but has also enriched the UNCG and Greensboro communities with great films not otherwise available. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Carolina Film & Video Festival!

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February 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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