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Fausto Barrionuevo’s “Weight” was selected for debut at 2017 RiverRun International Film Festival

His thesis film from the UNCG MFA in film entitled “Weight” was selected for its short film debut at the 2017 RiverRun International Film Film Festival in the NC Short category. It was also selected as part of the 2017 Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival where it was selected as one of their top ten selected films for the festival.

Fausto Barrionuevo is a lecturer at University of North Carolina Greensboro where he earned two MFA’s in both film and creative writing. A native to Miami, Florida with over ten years experience as a video editor and story consultant, his most recent collaboration was on a feature-film documentary entitled Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights. His creative work ranges from poems published in several journals, such as Off the Coast: Maine’s International Poetry Journal, and decomP magazine, where his poem “Ground” was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2011, and his short film debut Weight, which was recently accepted to RiverRun International Film Film Festival NC Short category and part of the top ten selected films for Carnegie Mellon International “Faces” Film Festival. Currently, he is working on a short animation and a full length graphic novel.


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April 5, 2017 at 6:56 pm

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Screening of Professor Barr’s “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” Documentary at Bennett College

The UNCG Department of Media Studies is pleased to announce that the documentary “Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights” will be screened at the 2017 Black History Media Festival, an event hosted by Bennett College. The theme this year is “The Spirit of Social Justice”.

matt_barr“Union Time” was produced and directed by Matthew Barr, Professor in UNCG’s Media Studies Department. The film tells the story of one of the greatest union victories of the 21st century—the fight to organize Smithfield Foods’ pork processing plant in Tar Heel, North Carolina. From 1993 to 2008, workers struggled against dangerous working conditions, intimidation, and low pay. They were organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, whose Justice@Smithfield campaign brought national attention to the struggle.  Also involved in the campaign were the North Carolina NAACP, led by Reverend William T. Barber, and the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, with leadership from Reverend Nelson Johnson. The victory led to the formation of UFCW Local 1208 and fair working conditions for 5,000 workers.

“Union Time” premiered at UNCG on April 28, 2016, and has been screened at the DC Laborfest. In addition, the film is scheduled to be shown at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the UCLA Labor Center, and the Oral History Association, among others.


Assistant Professor Tom Lipscomb of Bennett College’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies is the moderator of the event. (Prof. Lipscomb graduated in 2003 from UNCG’s MFA Program in Film and Video Production.)

DATE: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7 PM at the Global Learning Center Lecture Hall, Bennett College. It is free and open to the public.

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February 10, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories form the Drink House

Emily Edwards’ recently published book, Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories from the Drink House, was featured on Frank Stasio’s WUNC broadcast, The State of Things. Go here to stream the program.

There will be a book tour this summer that begins in Greensboro at the Barnes and Noble on May 26th and returns to Greensboro at Scuppernong Books on September 17, 2016.

Emily Edwards and Frank Stacio

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April 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

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Dr. David Cook publishes “A History of Narrative Film”

cookRenowned film scholar Dr. David A. Cook recently published a fifth edition of his seminal work “A History of Narrative Film” (W. W. Norton & Company, 1981; 1990; 1996; 2004; 2016).

First published in 1981, this book is used at the Beijing Film Academy, the Free University of Brussels, and over 400 universities and colleges in North America, including many in the UNC system; it is also the only film history text currently available in digital form and is one of Norton’s longest-running publications.

For more, visit



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February 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

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Jeffrey Adams publishes “The Cinema of the Coen Brothers”

Associate Professor Jeffrey Adams recently published a book “The Cinema of the Coen Brothers.”  This past Fall, USA Today – College, singled out Adams’ “Coen Brothers” course as one of special interest – read the article here.

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February 4, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram to screen film in Tokyo

Department of Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram’s Monster Road, a feature length documentary film about the life and work of Seattle animator Bruce Bickford, will screen in February at Georama 2016, an
international anime festival in Tokyo.

Since its initial release in 2004, Monster Road has won 16 awards, screening at more than 120 film festivals in fifteen countries, and airing five times on Sundance Channel.

Monster Road will be distributed in Japan by New Deer, a company founded by animation historian and curator Nobuaki Doi.

Georama 2016

Georama 2016

Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram

Media Studies Professor Brett Ingram

Animator Bruce Bickford,the subject of Monster Road, in	his studio

Animator Bruce Bickford, the subject of Monster Road, in his studio

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January 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm

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Dr. Frierson’s Videos Now on Woods Hole Research Center YouTube Channel


Dr. Michael Frierson attended the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in December in Lima, Peru.  Dr. Frierson shot and edited short videos with Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, who is a freelance journalist covering environmental and climate change issues.

Check out one of these videos posted on the Woods Hole YouTube channel: ttps://www.youtube.com/user/WoodsHoleResearchCtr

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April 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

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