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MFA Alum’s Film To Be Broadcast on UNCTV!


Here’s an update to one of our former blog posts:

MFA Alum, Mariah Kramer’s film will be broadcast on UNCTV this month!

“This is My Home Now” is a short documentary featuring 4 youth from 3 immigrant Montagnard families living in Greensboro. This film was produced by the Greensboro Historical Museum in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

The film will be broadcast on UNC TV on April 28th at 11pm following Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days”.

Current MST student, Siera Schubach was the production intern on the film. Siera did most of the shooting for the broll and worked on many other aspects of the film. Cindy Hsieh, Wil Davis, and Zach Haines did sound on the film and both Cindy and Wil were additional camera as well.

For more information on the film please see the following links:

facebook page:

CAAM web page

There is also a really great article in this month’s issue of O.Henry Magazine (pg. 43)


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April 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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


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.


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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MFA Alum Directs Commercial for Greensboro Science Center

Will Davis

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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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!

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January 9, 2015 at 9:34 pm

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“Healing Power of Art” Begins Multi-state Tour

008-chap-film-camp-1The thesis film of 2013 MFA grad Mariah Dunn, The Healing Power of Art, kicks off its festival run Saturday at the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival in Hood River, Oregon. The film will then be screened at the Loft Film Festival in Tucson, Arizona, the Sun & Sand Film Festival in Biloxi, Mississippi in November, and the Bolderlife Film Festival in Denver, Colorado in early December. Dunn has submitted the film to other festivals, so stay tuned for more dates to come.

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November 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

“Moon Rock” a film by MFA Alum Debra Sea Wins Award

Debra Sea’s (MFA class of 2011) thesis film, “Moon Rock” won Best Student Film Non Fiction at the Fargo Film Festival.

“Moon Rock” is an experimental film that explores the importance of education, family connections, our curiosity about the world, and the lyrical and poetic nature of a life with science.

The Fargo Film Festival strives to:
• Provide an extraordinary opportunity for filmmakers’ work to be shown on the big silver screen in a beautifully restored, state of the art, 870 seat Art Deco Theatre.
• Provide informational and provocative presentations and panel discussions on issues affecting local, regional, national and international filmmaking and filmmakers.
• Jury films in categories including Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, and Student.

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March 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm