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Facebook Page to Promote MST Community Events and Screenings


Media Studies students, faculty and alum have another platform for sharing screenings and other events, and for connecting with other MST fans through the department’s official Facebook page.

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September 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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Team Including MFA Alum Earns Emmy Nomination

A crew for “The Jimmy Kimmel Show” that includes MFA ’99 grad Bernd Reinhardt was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Technical Direction for 2013. Though a crew for “The Big Bang Theory” won out, the second nomination brings honor to Reinhardt and his colleagues at ABC.

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September 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm

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Former Spartan Filmmaker Brings Home Feature Film Award

Jesse Knight, who earned a BFA from UNCG, brought home the Feature Film Award at Round Con Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina last month for his film, The Orbs, available for viewing. The film features a couple, a conspiracy, and a twist.

Knight went on to earn an MFA from UNC-Asheville after graduating from UNCG, and now teaches communication arts at Lees-McRae College. 



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September 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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Film by UNCG Alum Brings Attention to Families Facing Deportation

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Jose Luis Zarco, left, and Toby Shearer

A UNCG alum, his crew, and the subjects of his film got great news yesterday.

From the Back of the Line,” a documentary about North Carolina families dealing with the threat of deportation, was shot, directed and edited by UNCG alum Toby Shearer (2011 B.A. Media Studies, English), with his two producing partners, Hannah Levinson and Armando Bellmas.

In an off-screen happy ending, a central subject of the film, Jose Luis Zarco, had a final court hearing yesterday, and was granted a Cancellation of Removal. This means he will get a green card and start down the path to citizenship.

Wake Forest University presents a free screening of the film tonight at 7 p.m. The film’s premiere on the UNCC campus drew an audience of 300. It has also screened for the Democratic Women of Cabarrus County, and was an official selection at the JoeDance Film Festival in Charlotte. The producers are organizing additional screenings.

“It actually feels really fantastic to have played a part in the outcome of this case,” said Shearer. “It’s fantastic to use the skills I learned at UNCG to participate and influence a great cause.”

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September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

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Esteemed Film Artist David Gatten to Screen at Weatherspoon

The UNCG Department of Media Studies is honored to host distinguished experimental filmmaker David Gatten at Weatherspoon Art Gallery for a screening of his film, “The Extravagant Shadows.” The 5:30 p.m. screening on Thursday, September 19 will be followed by a discussion with the artist.

Gatten is a 1995 graduate of UNCG, with degrees in media studies and art history. He holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a lecturing fellow and artist in residence at Duke University.

His previous work has screened around the world, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. “The Extravagant Shadows”  placed ninth on Film Comment’s list of the 50 best undistributed films of 2012.

It is a meditative film of nearly three hours, best described by the filmmaker himself (for Film Society Lincoln Center):

“A love story in shifting colors, illusive light and sentimental songs from the year 1968. A movie about the movement of desire across the distances of geography and time.  A meditation on the manner in which books, letters and other written or printed communications might both produce and mediate that distance.  A shelf of books, an inventory of pigments.  A question of language and a statement about time. Condensations upon several occasions.”  —David Gatten

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September 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Recent MFA Grad to Premiere Film in Portland

001-chap-film-campThe Healing Power of Art,” a film by MFA class of 2013 Mariah Dunn, will premiere in Portland, Oregon on September 15 at the Clinton Street Theatre.

After teaching filmmaking to children with medical challenges for the Children’s Healing Art Project, Dunn knew this organization, the young artists, and their families were doing something special.

“I was so impressed with their work that I knew I wanted to share their story,” said Dunn. “It’s not only the work that they do, but the connections they build with the kids and their families.”

The film follows three families as they use art to come to terms with life’s challenges.

“I felt honored to be let into their world and to spend time with them,” said Dunn. “It was an amazing experience getting to know them, and I feel like I learned so much from them, especially how to enjoy life.”

Dunn and her artist subjects will participate in a panel discussion following the film’s screening, which is scheduled for 3:30 pm.

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September 11, 2013 at 1:14 pm