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Brad Baker (Directing, class of 2003)
Zene Baker (Editing and Sound, class of 1999)
Travis Beacham (Screenwriting, class of 2005)
Ben Best (Screenwriting, class of 1999)
Sheelin Choksey (Directing, class of 2001)
David C. Cook (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Will Files (Editing and Sound, class of 2002)
Mark Freiburger (Directing, class of 2005)
Christof Gebert (Editing and Sound, class of 2000)
Elliott Glick (Production Design, class of 2004)
Matt Goldberg (Producing, class of 2004)
David Gordon Green (Directing, class of 1998)
Rebecca Green (Producing, class of 2001)
Jennifer Haire (Producing, class of 2002)
Brett Haley (Directing, class of 2005)
Jody Hill (Directing, class of 1999)
Aaron Katz (Directing, class of 2004)
Jeff Nichols (Directing, class of 2001)
Danny McBride (Directing, class of 1998)
Brendan McFadden (Producing, class of 2004)
Rachell Mellon-Choksey (Producing, class of 2001)
Tim Orr (Cinematography, class of 1998)
Atli Ovaarson (MFA, Film Music Composition, class of 1998)
Matthew Petrosky (Cinematography, class of 2000)
Kim Planert (MFA, Film Music Composition, class of 2008)
Andrew Reed (Cinematography, class of 2006)
Paul Schneider (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Jeff Seibenick (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Zach Seivers (Editing and Sound, class of 2006)
Richard A. Wright (Cinematography, class of 1999)
Craig Zobel (Directing, class of 1999)


Baker

Brad Baker (Directing, class of 2003)
Production Manager/Director/Editor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5hFEn6voMo (Producer/Editor’s Reel)

  • IMG Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network (2009-2011, Director of Video Production) Distributed by GeorgiaDogs.com.
  • REDSKINS BROADCAST NETWORK (2007-2008, Production Manager) Distributed by Redskins Broadcast Network.
  • Won a 2007 Emmy Award for producing “Remembering #21” (Sean Taylor memorial video).

Baker
Zene Baker
(Editing and Sound, class of 1999)
Editor (represented by Innovative Artists)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0049026/

  • PROJECT FIVE (TV movie in Pre-Production 2012, Editor) Anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people's lives. Directors include Jennifer Anniston and Alicia Keys. Distributed by Lifetime Television.
  • SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (in Production 2012, Editor) Distributed by Focus Features.
  • 50/50 (releasing September 2011, Editor) Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Distributed by Summit Entertainment.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009,Editor)  Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • GREEK (TV series) Editor (3 episodes, 2008-2009) Distributed by ABC Family.
  • THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY (2008, Editor) Directed by Mickey Liddell. Distributed by Freestyle Releasing.
  • PING PONG PLAYA (2007, Editor) Directed by Jessica Yu. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • THE FOOT FIST WAY (2006, Editor/Supervising Editor) Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Paramount Vantage.
  • UNDERTOW (2004, Editor/Script Supervisor) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by United Artists.
  • ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, Editor) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
  • CIVIL BRAND (2002, Editor) Directed by Neema Barnette. Distributed by Lions Gate Films
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, Editor) The film was shot in Winston-Salem and crewed exclusively by NCSA film alumni and students. It was one of only two U.S. films selected to be screened at the New York Film Festival where Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times called it "a dream of a movie." There, critic Roger Ebert wrote: "In its mastery of style, the film plays notes it seems to be inventing." The film, acquired by Cowboy Booking, was released in 27 cities across the United States. Named one of the top films of 2000 by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Won Best Dramatic Film at the Third Newport International Film Festival. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by The Criterion Collection.


Beacham

Travis Beacham (Screenwriting, class of 2005)
Screenwriter (represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2012438/

  • PACIFIC RIM (in Pre-Production 2013, Writer) Starring Charlie Hunnam. When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Produced by Legendary Pictures.
  • 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (in Development 2013 , Writer) This is a futuristic take on the famous book by Jules Verne in which Professor Aronnax, his assistant Conseil and a professional harpooner try to solve a mystery about a whale that sinks ships. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • THE BLACK HOLE  (in Development 2012, Writer) A "reimagining" of the 1979 sci-fi film about a crew that finds a lost ship inside a black hole. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Distributed by The Walt Disney Company.
  • CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010, Writer) Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. The mortal son of the god Zeus embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (2007, Writer) Starring Will Patton, Devon Gearhart and Colin Ford. A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town. Directed by Mark Freiburger.


Best

Ben Best (Screenwriting, class of 1999)
Screenwriter/Actor/Producer (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0078897/

  • YOUR HIGHNESS (2011, Writer) Starring Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride. When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her, accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Writer (12 episodes, 2009-2010), Clegg (8 episodes, 2009-2010), Executive Producer (6 episodes, 2009). With Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon and Jody Hill. Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • LAND OF THE LOST (2009, Ernie) Directed by Brad Silberling
  • OBSERVE & REPORT (2009, Detective Nichols) Directed by Jody Hill.
  • WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (2008, Cab Driver) Directed by Tom Vaughn.
  • SUPERBAD (2007, Quince Danbury) Directed by Greg Mottola.
  • FOOT FIST WAY (2006, Chuck ‘The Truck’ Wallace, Writer)With Danny McBride and Ben Best. An inept karate instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow karate enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Williams. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film “is the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often,” while USA Today remarked that “FOOT FIST is more original and comical than such low-budget sleeper hits as NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and HOT FUZZ.” Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Paramount Vantage.

Sheelin Choksey (Directing, class of 2001)
Producer/Director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1171810/

  • HOUND DOGS (TV movie in Production2011,Co-producer) Distributed by Turner Broadcasting System
  • THE CLOSER (TV series) Co-producer (30 episodes, 2007-2009) Producer (30 episodes, 2009-2011) Associate Producer (15 episodes, 2006) Post-production Supervisor (2 episodes, 2005) Director (1 episode, 2011) Distributed by Turner Network Television.
  • RIZZOLI & ISLES (TV series) Producer (2 episodes, 2010) Distributed by Turner Network Television.


Cook

David C. Cook (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Editor (represented by Innovative Artists)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0177000/  

  • NCIS: NAVAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICE (TV series) Editor (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
  • THE GOOD WIFE (TV series) Editor (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
  • LIE TO ME (TV series) Editor (5 episodes, 2009)
  • SHARK (TV series) Editor (16 episodes, 2006-2008) Distributed by Columbia Broadcasting Company.
  • David has also taught Editing, Producing of Post Production, Technology of Post Production and Special Effects at the American Film Institute since 1999 and has guest lectured at the University of New Orleans.

 
Files

Will Files (Editing and Sound, class of 2002)
Sound Editor (represented by Skywalker Sound)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0276877/ 

  • THE SMURFS (2011, Sound Designer) Directed by Raja Gosnell. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • THE TREE OF LIFE (2011, Sound Designer) Film won Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Terrence Malick. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.Description: http://pro.imdb.com/images/b.gif
  • TAKE SHELTER (2011, Sound Designer) Film won Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Jeff Nichols. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
  • PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (2010, Sound Designer) Directed by Chris Columbus. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • SKATELAND (2010, Sound Designer) Directed by Anthony Burns. Distributed by Freestyle Releasing.
  • MERRY MADAGASCAR (2009 TV short, Sound Designer) Directed by David Soren. Distributed by National Broadcasting Company.
  • 9 (2009, Sound Designer) Directed by Shane Acker. Distributed by Focus Features.
  • MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (2008, Sound Designer) Directed by Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • LEGO INDIANA JONES: THE ORIGINAL ADVENTURES (2008 video game, Cinematic Sound Designer) Distributed by LucasArts Entertainment Company.
  • CLOVERFIELD (2008, Sound Designer) Directed by Matt Reeves. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • BEE MOVIE (2007, Sound Designer) Directed by Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • THE SIMPSONS MOVIE (2007, Sound Effects Editor) Directed by David Silverman. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • Will was profiled in The Hollywood Reporter's "Crafts: The Next Generation" issue as one of "the brightest and most talented 35-and-under artisans" in the industry (Aug. 6, 2007).


Freiburger

Mark Freiburger (Directing, class of 2005)
Writer/Director/Producer (represented by Gotham Group)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1330431/

  • Mark is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
  • THE TRIAL (2010, Writer/Producer) Starring Matthew Modine and Robert Forster. After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain, until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him forever. Directed by Gary Wheeler. Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
  • DOGS DAYS OF SUMMER (2007, Writer/Director/Producer) Starring Will Patton. A mysterious drifter lures two boys into uncovering the secrets of a sleepy southern town. Distributed by Level Path Productions.
  • Freiburger directed 110 Stories at the Geffen Playhouse, starring Katharine McPhee, Ed Asner, Diane Venora, Gail O'Grady, John Hawkes, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Michael Welch, Sharon Lawrence, D. B. Sweeney, Nicholas Turturro, Joseph C. Phillips, Michael Beach, Stelio Savante and Sophie Sinise.

 

Christof Gebert (Editing and Sound, class of 2000)
Production Sound Mixer
 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1052508/

  • THE SITTER (2011, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Corporation.
  • YOUR HIGHNESS (2011, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Universal Press.
  • JACK GOES BOATING (2010, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Distributed by Overture Films.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Production Sound Mixer (11 episodes, 2009-2010) Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • LIPSTICK JUNGLE (TV series) Production Sound Mixer (1 episode, 2009) Directed by Andrew McCarthy. Distributed by National Broadcasting Company.
  • FAME (2009, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by Kevin Tancharoen. Distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • ADVENTURELAND (2009, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by Greg Mottola. Distributed by Miramax Films.
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • CHOKE (2008, Location Sound Mixer) Directed by Clark Gregg. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • GREAT WORLD OF SOUND (2007, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by Craig Zobel. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
  • SNOW ANGELS (2007, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.
  • UNDERTOW  (2004, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by United Artists.
  • ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, Production Sound Mixer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

 

Elliott Glick (Production Design, class of 2004)
Art Director/ Production Designer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1534407/

  • TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT (2011, Art Director) Starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris. Directed by Michael Dowse. Distributed by Relativity Media.
  • COLD WEATHER (2010, Production Designer) Directed by Aaron Katz. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Art Director (7 episodes, 2010) Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE (2009, Art Director) Starring Miley Cyrus. Directed by Peter Chelsom. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
  • CHOP SHOP (2007, Production Designer) Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Distributed by Koch Lorber Films.
  • THE REAPING (2007, Scenic Artist) Directed by Stephen Hopkins. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.

 

Matt Goldberg (Producing, class of 2004)
Producer/Line Producer/Head of Production
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1132344/

  • Hertzog Cowen Entertainment (Line Producer/ Head of Production) Matt has worked on publicity campaigns for Pirates of the Caribbean2 & 3, Transformers 1 & 2, and other tent pole movies, the Hannah Montana & Jonas Brothers 3D movies, and documentaries including an Academy short-listed documentary David McCullough: Painting with Wordsfor HBO.  
  • ER documentary (Line Producer) Directed by Jonathan Buss. Distributed by Turner Network Television.
  • Member of the Directors Guild of America and Producer’s Guild of America

David Gordon Green (Directing, class of 1998)
Writer/Director/Producer (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0337773/ 

  • Rough House (comedy production company) Founded in 2009 with directors Danny McBride and Jody Hill and Warner executive Matt Reilly, the company has a two-year first-look deal with Mandate to produce high-concept comedies (Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 10, 2009).
  • BLACK JACK (TV movie began filming May 2011,  Executive Producer /Director) After 20 years as the best special ops agent for the US government, Black Jack (Ving Rhames) finally goes too far and is decommissioned. He is sent home to the most treacherous mission he's ever faced: normal life. Distributed by Comedy Central.
  • THE SITTER (2011, Director) Starring Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell. A comedy about a college student on suspension who is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • YOUR HIGHNESS (2011, Director) Starring Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride. When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her, accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Consulting Producer (9 episodes, 2009-2010) Director (6 episodes, 2009-2010) Starring Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon and Ben Best. Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008, Director) Starring Seth Rogan, James Franco and Danny McBride. A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hit men and a corrupt police officer after witnessing a murder. Nominated for Golden Globe Award. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • SNOW ANGELS (2007, Director) Starring Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Angarano and Olivia Thirlby. A drama that interweaves the life of a teenager with those of his old babysitter, her estranged husband, and their daughter. The film had its world premiere in the US Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival. Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.
  • UNDERTOW (2004, Director) A dark and violent family drama starring Jamie Bell, Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney, which was an official selection of the New York and Toronto film festivals.  Distributed by United Artists.
  • ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, Director) Starring Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel, and Danny McBride. A small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister. The film was awarded two jury prizes at the Sundance Film Festival.  Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, Writer/Director/Producer) A delicately told and deceptively simple story of a group of children in a depressed small town who band together to cover up a tragic mistake. The film was shot in Winston-Salem and crewed exclusively by UNCSA film alumni and students. It was one of only two U.S. films selected to be screened at the New York Film Festival where Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times called it "a dream of a movie." There, critic Roger Ebert wrote: "In its mastery of style, the film plays notes it seems to be inventing." The film, acquired by Cowboy Booking, was released in 27 cities across the United States. Winner of  The Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Named Best First Film by New York Film Critic’s Circle. Named one of the top films of 2000 by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Won Best Dramatic Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for entire cast at the Third Newport International Film Festival. Distributed by The Criterion Collection.
  • PHYSICAL PINBALL (1998, Writer/Director) UNCSA student film won 1999 CINE Eagle Award.

Rebecca Green (Producing, class of 2001)
Producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0338253/

  • WHAT IF(2010, Line Producer) Directed by Dallas Jenkins. Distributed by Christiano Film Group.
  • PRIDE (2007, Studio Executive) Directed by Sunu Gonera. Distributed by Lionsgate.
  • EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (2006, Development Executive) Directed by Greg Coolidge. Distributed by Lionsgate.
  • She is a member of the extended Sundance Film Festival family, having been a screener for the festival for two years.
  • Prior to her work as a producer, Rebecca was the Head of Creative Development for TicTock Studios, a film and television production company in Michigan, where she played an instrumental role in the grassroots campaign to implement the Michigan film incentives program.

 
Haire

Jennifer Haire (Producing, class of 2002)
Production Coordinator / Producer / Assistant Director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1116330/

  • THE CLOSER (TV series) Production Coordinator (36 episodes, 2007-2010) Assistant Production Office Coordinator (26 episodes, 2005-2006) Distributed by Turner Network Television.
  • RIZZOLI & ISLES (TV series) Production Coordinator (2010) Distributed by Turner Network Television.
  • THE STONING OF SORAYA M. (2008, Production Coordinator) Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment.
  • HEAVY PETTING (2007, Production Coordinator) Directed by Marcel Sarmiento. Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
  • BOTTOMS UP (2006 Video, Production Coordinator) Directed by Erik MacArthur. Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
  • MARCUS (2006, Second Assistant Director, Production Manager) Directed by Bob Hardison and Rich Robinson. Distributed by Warner Home Video.
  • TREKKIES 2 (2004 Documentary, Production Coordinator/ Associate Producer)Directed by Roger Nygard. Distributed by Paramount Home Video.
  • TWO SOLDIERS (2003, Assistant Director) Directed by Aaron Schneider. Distributed by Westlake Entertainment Group. Won 2004 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Award for Best Short Film.
  • Jennifer is also an instructor and collaborator for PA BOOTCAMP which trains campers how to work on set and in a production office.   She is on the Board of Directors for IATSE Local 871 in Los Angeles, a member of Local 161 in NY and an active member of the Producer’s Guild of America.  Jen assisted in the creation of the UNCSA Alumni West group in Los Angeles and now serves on is steering committee.  She sometimes dresses as the Fighting Pickle (UNCSA’s mascot).


Haley

Brett Haley (Directing, class of 2005)
Writer/Director (represented by International Creative Management)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1417640/ 

  • THE NEW YEAR (2010, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor) Starring Trieste Dunn (UNCSA Drama class of 2004).
  • A NIGHT OUT (2010, Director/Writer/Producer/Editor)
  • THE RIDGE (2005, Director/ Writer/Blake)

 

Jody Hill (Directing, class of 1999)
Writer/Director/Producer (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2095817/

  • Rough House (comedy production company) Founded in 2009 with directors David Gordon Green and Danny McBride and Warner executive Matt Reilly, the company has a two-year first-look deal with Mandate to produce high-concept comedies (Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 10, 2009).
  • L.A.P.I. (in development at Rough House 2011, Director/Producer) An action-comedy centered on a beaten-down private investigator, starring Danny McBride.
  • BLACK JACK (TV movie, filming began May 2011, Executive Producer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Comedy Central.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Writer/Executive Producer (13 episodes, 2009-2010), Director (6 episodes, 2009-2010), Andrew, Pat Anderson's Sponsor (1 episode, 2010).With Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon and Ben Best. Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009, Writer/Director) Starting Seth Rogan, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena and Anna Faris. Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close the case. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • SUPERBAD (2007, Tut Long John Silver) Directed by Greg Mottola.
  • FOOT FIST WAY (2006, Writer/Producer/Director/Mike McAlister) Starring Danny McBride and Ben Best. An inept karate instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow karate enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Williams. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film “is the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often,” while USA Today remarked that “FOOT FIST is more original and comical than such low-budget sleeper hits as NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and HOT FUZZ.” Distributed by Paramount Vantage.


Katz

Aaron Katz (Directing, class of 2004)
Writer, Director, Editor (represented by United Talent Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1369800/

  • COLD WEATHER (2010, Writer/Director) Starring Trieste Dunn (UNCSA Drama class of 2004). A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • QUIET CITY (2007, Writer/Director/Editor) Jamie is 21. She's from Atlanta. She's come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can't find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival. It was released on DVD by Benten Films, and can now be seen on the Sundance Channel. Won Best Direction at BendFilm Festival. Nominated for 2008 John Cassavetes Award (Independent Spirit Awards). Distributed by 600 West Productions.
  • DANCE PARTY, USA (2006, Writer/Director)Jessica and Gus, two apathetic teenagers, drift aimlessly from one day to the next until they meet each other. They make a tenuous and fleeting connection when Gus confides in Jessica about his dark past. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival and was lauded by the New York Times, Manohla Dargis, and Amy Taubin after its theatrical release later that year. Distributed by Benten Films.

 
Nichols

Jeff Nichols (Directing, class of 2001)
Writer/Director (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2158772/

  • TAKE SHELTER (2011, Writer/Director) Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize in the Critics Week competition (and the only American feature film vying for the honor). Premiered at Sundance and was nominated for the Grand Prize. The psychological thriller to be released by Sony Pictures Classics is directed by Jeff Nichols and stars Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.  The official synopsis says, “A working-class husband and father questions whether his terrifying dreams of an apocalyptic storm signal something real to come or the onset of an inherited mental illness he’s feared his whole life.”

  • SHOTGUN STORIES (2007, Writer/Director/Producer) Jeffmade his feature film debut as the writer and director of SHOTGUN STORIES, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007, and was released theatrically in the United States in 2008. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Won the Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival. Won the Grand Jury Prize at the Austin Film Festival. Won the FIPRESCI International Jury Prize at the 2007 Viennale. Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) and David Edelstein (New York Magazine/NPR) included SHOTGUN STORIES in their lists for Best Films of 2008. Distributed by International Film Circuit.
  • Nichols directed the music video for Spoon’s “Don’t You Evah.” The video, shot on location in Tokyo and produced by Wired Magazine, was named one of the top 10 viral videos of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly.

 

Danny McBride (Directing, class of 1998)
Actor/Writer/Director/Producer (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1144419/

  • Rough House (comedy production company) Founded in 2009 with directors David Gordon Green and Jody Hill and Warner executive Matt Reilly, the company has a two-year first-look deal with Mandate to produce high-concept comedies (Hollywood Reporter, Dec. 10, 2009).
  • 30 MINUTES OR LESS (2011, Dwayne) Directed by Rubin Fleisher.
  • BLACK JACK (TV movie, filming began May 2011, Executive Producer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Comedy Central.
  • KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011, Wolf Boss voice) Directed by Jennifer Yuh.
  • YOUR HIGHNESS (2011, Thadeous, Writer/Executive Producer) With Natalie Portman, James Franco and Ben Best. When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her, accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • DESPICABLE ME (2010, Fred McDade voice) Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
  • UP IN THE AIR (2009,  Jim Miller) Directed by Jason Reitman.
  • LAND OF THE LOST (2009, Will Stanton) Directed by Brad Silberling.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009, Caucasian Crackhead) Directed by Jody Hill.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Kenny Powers, Writer/Executive Producer (13 episodes, 2009-2010) Starring Steve Little, Katy Mixon and Ben Best. Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • TROPIC THUNDER (2008, Cody, Vietnam Crew) Directed by Ben Stiller.
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008, Red) With Seth Rogan and James Franco. Nominated for Best Newcomer by the members of the Detroit Film Critics Society. The film opened as #1 in the box office, reaching $100 million worldwide. Nominated for 2009 Golden Globe Award. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • DRILLBIT TAYLOR (2007, Don) Directed by Steven Brill.
  • SUPERBAD (2007, Buddy at Party) Directed by Greg Mottola.
  • FOOT FIST WAY (2006, Fred Simmons, Writer) With Ben Best. An inept karate instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow karate enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Williams. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed the film “is the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often,” while USA Today remarked that “FOOT FISTis more original and comical than such low-budget sleeper hits as NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and HOT FUZZ.” Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Paramount Vantage.

Brendan McFadden (Directing, class of 2004)
Actor/Producer/Writer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1386282/

  • COLD WEATHER (2010, Swen, Producer/Writer) Starring Trieste Dunn (UNCSA Drama class of 2004). A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance. Directed by Aaron Katz. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • QUIET CITY (2007, First Assistant Director/Producer) Jamie is 21. She's from Atlanta. She's come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can't find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival. It was released on DVD by Benten Films, and can now be seen on the Sundance Channel. Nominated for 2008 John Cassavetes Award (Independent Spirit Awards). Directed by Aaron Katz. Distributed by 600 West Productions.
  • DANCE PARTY, USA (2006, Andy, Producer) Jessica and Gus, two apathetic teenagers, drift aimlessly from one day to the next until they meet each other. They make a tenuous and fleeting connection when Gus confides in Jessica about his dark past. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2006 and was lauded by the New York Times, Manohla Dargis, and Amy Taubin after its theatrical release later that year. Directed by Aaron Katz.

Rachell Mellon-Choksey (Producing, class of 2001)
Screenwriter/Producer (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1172757/

  • DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS (TV series, Writer) Distributed by Elle.
  • KNIGHT RIDER (TV series) Staff Writer (8 episodes, 2008) Writer (1 episode, 2008) Distributed by National Broadcasting Company.

 
Orr

Tim Orr (Cinematography, class of 1998)
Cinematographer (represented by United Talent Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0650615/

  • Sundance Film Festival (2011 U.S. Dramatic Jury)
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
  • SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (Filming for release in 2012, Cinematographer) Starring Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Melanie Lynskey and Adam Brody.  Directed by Lorene Scafaria. Distributed by Focus Features.
  • THE SITTER (2011, Cinematographer) Starring Jonah Hill and Sam Rockwell. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • YOUR HIGHNESS (2011, Cinematographer) Starring Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride.  Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009, Cinematographer) Stars Seth Rogan, Ray Liotta, Michael Pena and Anna Faris. Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Cinematographer (6 episodes, 2009) Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008, Cinematographer) Starring Seth Rogan, James Franco and Danny McBride. The film opened as #1 in the box office, reaching $100 million worldwide. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Columbia Pictures. 
  • YEAR OF THE DOG (2007, Cinematographer) Directed by Mike White. Distributed by Paramount Vantage.
  • DANDELION (2004, Cinematographer) Starring Vincent Kartheiser and Taryn Manning. Won River Run Film Festival Jury Prize. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Directed by Mark Milgard. Distributed by International Film Circuit.
  • RAISING VICTOR VARGAS (2002,Cinematographer) Directed by Peter Sollett.Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, Cinematographer) The film was shot in Winston-Salem and crewed exclusively by UNCSA film alumni and students. It was one of only two U.S. films selected to be screened at the New York Film Festival where Elvis Mitchell in The New York Times said that Orr "emerges as a star" and added: "This may be the best-photographed film of the year." Won Best Cinematography at Stockholm Film Festival and The Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Named Best First Film by New York Film Critic’s Circle. Named one of the top films of 2000 by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Won Best Dramatic Film at the Third Newport International Film Festival. Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by The Criterion Collection.
  • "25 New Faces of Independent Film" (Filmmaker magazine, Summer 2000).
  • SUMMER’S TORN (1998, Cinematographer) UNCSA student film won a CINE Eagle Award.


Ovaarson

Atli Ovaarson (MFA, Film Music Composition, class of 1998) 
Composer (represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0651414/

  • SEASON OF THE WITCH (2011, Composer) Starring Nicholas Cage and Ron Pearlman. Directed by Dominc Sena. Distributed by Relativity Media.
  • LAW & ORDER (TV series) Composer (9 episodes, 2010-2011, 2 episodes, 2002-2005)  Distributed by National Broadcasting Company. Won 2006 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series (Law & Order, Law & Order Criminal Intent and Law & Order Special Victims Unit. Won 2005 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series (Law & Order and Law & Order Special Victims Unit).
  • THE FOURTH KIND (2009, Composer) Starring Milla Jovovich. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • BABYLON A.D. (2008, Composer) Starring Vin Diesel. Directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • IRON MAN (2008, Additional Music Arranger, Composer) Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow. Directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • SIX DEGREES (TV series) Composer (6 episodes, 2006-2007) Distributed by American Broadcasting Company.
  • THE LAST CONFEDERATE: THE STORY OF ROBERT ADAMS (2005, Composer: soundtrack music and lyrics, and performer “A Cold Wind Won 2006 Gold Medal for Excellence for Feature Film: Audience Choice – Best Impact of Music.”) Directed by A. Blaine Miller and Julian Adams. Distributed by THINKFilm.

 

Matthew A. Petrosky (Cinematography, class of 2000)
Steadicam Operator
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007038/

  • COWBOYS AND ALIENS (2011, Steadicam Operator) Directed by Jon Favreau. Distributed by Universal Pictures.
  • BAD TEACHER (2011, Steadicam Operator) Directed by Jake Dasdan. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • SALVATION BOULEVARD (2011, Steadicam Operator) Directed by George Ratliff. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • BLOODWORTH (2010,  Steadicam Operator) Directed by Shane Dax Taylor. Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
  • OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009, Steadicam Operator) Directed by Jody Hill. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (2008, Steadicam Operator) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
  • GREAT WORLD OF SOUND (2007, Steadicam Operator) Directed by Craig Zobel. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.

 
Planert

Kim Planert (MFA, Film Music Composition, class of 2008) 
Composer (represented by AMI Artist Management)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2780879/

  • CASTLE (TV series) Assistant Composer (24 episodes, 2009-2010), Composer: additional music (24 episodes, 2010-2011)
  • THE GATES (TV series) Assistant Composer (8 episodes, 2010)
  • LIE TO ME (TV series) Assistant Composer (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
  • THE UNIT (TV series) Assistant Composer (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
  • NEST OF SPIDERS (2007, Composer) UNCSA student film directed by Jesse Pilkes. Won Gold Medal for Best Music in a Short Film at the Park City Film Music Festival.

Reed
Andrew Reed
(Cinematography, class of 2006)
Cinematographer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2012439/

  • COLD WEATHER (2010, Cinematographer) Directed by Aaron Katz. Distributed by IFC Films. Andrew’s work on COLD WEATHER landed him onDaily Variety’s Spring 2011 list of 10 Cinematographers to watch.

 
Schneider

Paul Schneider (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Actor/Writer/Director (represented by Creative Artists Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0773973/

  • WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (2011, Charlie) Directed by Francis Lawrence. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Corporation.
  • PARKS AND RECREATION (TV series) Mark Brendanawicz (30 episodes, 2009-2010)  Distributed by National Broadcasting Company.
  • BRIGHT STAR (2009, Mr. Brown) Won 2010 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor. Won Spotlight Award at Hollywood Film Festival. Directed by Jane Campion.  Distributed by Apparition.
  • LARS AND THE REAL GIRL (2007, Gus) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007, Dick Liddil) Directed by Andrew Dominik. Distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, Writer, Paul) Starring Paul Schneider, Zooey Deschanel and Danny McBride. Small-town love story of a young man with a reputation for womanizing and his best friend's sister. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.


Seibenick

Jeff Seibenick (Editing and Sound, class of 1998)
Editor (represented by Paradigm)
 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0773973/

  • EASTBOUND & DOWN (TV series) Editor (10 episodes, 2009-2010)
  • THE SARAH SILVERMAN STORY (TV series) Editor (9 episodes, 2008-2010)
  • 30 SECONDS TO MARS MAKES A VIDEO: FROM YESTERDAY (TV special, 2006) Editor/Director/Cinematographer
  • FALLOUT BOY MAKES A VIDEO (TV documentary, 2005) Editor/Director/Cinematographer

Sievers 

Zach Seivers (Editing and Sound, class of 2006)
Editor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1418692/

  • Snap Sound – Zach is the CEO of this audio postproduction facility in Los Angeles.
  • THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER (2010, Sound Designer, Sound Re-recording Mixer) Directed by David Robert Mitchell. Distributed by IFC Films.
  • THE TAQWACORES (2010, Sound Designer, Sound Re-recording Mixer) Directed by Eyad Zahra. Distributed by Strand Releasing.
  • This Emotional Life: Military Families and Deployment (2010 documentary short, Supervising Sound Mixer) Distributed by Vulcan Productions.
  • CORNERED! (2009, Sound Designer, Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor, Composer: additional music) Directed by Daniel Maze. Distributed by Lightning Media.
  • STAR TREK documentary shorts (2009, Supervising Sound Mixer for 11 short videos) Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • EYEBORGS (2009, Production Sound Mixer, Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) Directed by Richard Clabaugh. Distributed by Image Entertainment.
  • ADAM (2009 Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) Directed by Max Mayer. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009, Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. Distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures.
  • CYCLOPS (2008 TV movie, Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) Directed by Declan O’Brien. Distributed by The Sci-Fi Channel.
  • THE NARROWS (2008, Supervising Sound Mixer) Directed by Francois Velle. Distributed by Cinedygm.
  • THE HAMMER (2007, Sound Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) Directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfield. Distributed by The Weinstein Company.
  • DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (2007, Sound Effects Recordist) Directed by Mark Freiburger. Distributed by Level Path Productions.
  • THE RETURN (2006, Sound Effects Recordist) Directed by Asif Kapadia. Distributed by Rogue Pictures.
  • THE MANGLER REBORN (2005 video, Sound Designer) Directed by Matt Cunningham and Erik Gardner. Distributed by Lions Gate Films.

Richard A. Wright (Cinematography, class of 1999)
Producer / Production designer (represented by Sheldon Prosnit Agency)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942742/

  • Mortimer Jones (1996 to present) Commercial and music video directing team. Clients include Verizon (Jared Hess) and Coke Zero (Stephen Gaghan).
  • THE SITTER (2011, Production Designer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
  • GENTLEMEN BRONCOS (2009, Production Designer) Directed by Jared Hess. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • EASTBOUND AND DOWN (TV series) Production Designer (2009) Directed by Jody Hill and David Gordon Green. Distributed by Home Box Office.
  • CHOP SHOP (2007, Production Designer) Directed by Ramin Bahrani. Distributed by Koch Lorber Films.
  • SNOW ANGELS (2007, Production Designer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.
  • GREAT WORLD OF SOUND (2007 Production Designer/Producer) When a man answers an ad to train as a record producer, he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists only to discover his new job isn't all it's cracked up to be. Won Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Director Award. Won Sarasota Film Festival’s Independent Visions Award. Nominated for 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
  • UNDERTOW (2004, Production Designer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by United Artists.
  • ALL THE REAL GIRLS (2003, Production Designer) Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, Production Designer/Art Director) The film was shot in Winston-Salem and crewed exclusively by NCSA film alumni and students. It was one of only two U.S. films selected to be screened at the New York Film Festival where Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times called it "a dream of a movie." There, critic Roger Ebert wrote: "In its mastery of style, the film plays notes it seems to be inventing." The film, acquired by Cowboy Booking, was released in 27 cities across the United States. Named one of the top films of 2000 by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Won Best Dramatic Film at the Third Newport International Film Festival. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by The Criterion Collection.

 

Craig Zobel (Directing, class of 1999)
Writer/Director/Producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0957505/

  • GREAT WORLD OF SOUND (2007 Writer/Director/Producer) When a man answers an ad to train as a record producer, he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists only to discover his new job isn't all it's cracked up to be. Won Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Director Award. Won Sarasota Film Festival’s Independent Visions Award. Nominated for 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON (2000, Co-Producer) The film was shot in Winston-Salem and crewed exclusively by NCSA film alumni and students. It was one of only two U.S. films selected to be screened at the New York Film Festival where Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times called it "a dream of a movie." There, critic Roger Ebert wrote: "In its mastery of style, the film plays notes it seems to be inventing." The film, acquired by Cowboy Booking, was released in 27 cities across the United States. Named one of the top films of 2000 by Roger Ebert, The New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Won Best Dramatic Film at the Third Newport International Film Festival. Directed by David Gordon Green. Distributed by The Criterion Collection.