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July 2013 – Pacific Rim #1 Internationally Over Weekend – Congratulations Travis Beacham (screenwriting, UNCSA class of 2005)
"I’ve learned the studio discovered this morning that last weekend’s results came in $500K higher than forecast on Sunday. The result is that screenwriter Travis Beacham (who had the idea for the film) and co-scribe/director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim grossed $35.3M with 4.7M admissions from 9,610 screens in 50 territories.

July 2013 - Congratulations to Travis Beacham (screenwriting, UNCSA class of 2005) on his New York Times Best Selling Hardcover Graphic Book, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO. The graphic novel spent its first 8 weeks in the top 2 slots of the NYT Best Sellers list.

July 2013 - PACIFIC RIM opened nationwide on Friday, July 12, 2013 . Screenplay by Travis Beacham (UNCSA class of 2005) and Guillermo del Toro

June 2013 – Susan Ruskin agrees to lead the UNCSA School of Filmmaking as the new dean.

June 2013 – Jennifer Haire elected to the Producers Guild AP Council Board of Delegates: Production Coordinator Category.

June 2013 – Danny McBride and Jody Hill (Class of 1998) return to North Carolina to shoot the fourth season of Eastbound and Down for HBO.

June 2013 – Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green of Rough House Pictures ("Eastbound & Down") are executive producing FXX (the new sister networks to FX) first original series," Chozen." The animated comedy from the creative team of "Eastbound & Down," centers on a gay white rapper who's just gotten out of prison.

June 2013 - Mark Haas (UNCSA class of 2013, Masters of Filmmaking in Film Music Composition) was named an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation intern in Music for the summer of 2013.

May 2013 – Craig Zobel (UNCSA class of 1999) to direct 'Z for Zachariah'.

April 2013 – River Run Film Festival – April 12, 2012-2013 – included:
Three 2012 School of Filmmaking Short Films; MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, FELICIA, and FURIOUSLY, HOLD ME.
Four feature films by UNCSA alumni; MUD, written and directed by Jeff Nichols (2001) who received the 2013 Emerging Master Award; PRINCE AVALANCE, written, directed and co-produced by David Gordon Green (1998); THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, written and directed by Chad Hartigan (2004); and WHITE REINDEER written, directed, edited and produced by Zach Clark (2005).
Three feature films by School of Filmmaking faculty including AT ANY PRICE, written and directed by former SOF staff member Ramin Bahrani; SUSIE’S HOPE produced by SOF screenwriting faculty member Laura Hart McKinny with a crew comprised of (30) UNCSA alumni, (2) UNCSA faculty members and (10) UNCSA student interns; and THE DISCOVERERS, on which SOF producing faculty member Bob Gosse served as executive producer.

March 2013 – Jeff Nichols (UNCSA class of 2001) interviewed by Tribeza magazine on Vimeo.

February 2013 - Congratulations to David Gordon Green (Class of 1998) for winning the Silver Bear - Best Director award at the Berlinale Film Festival for PRINCE AVALANCHE (USA).

February 2013 – Watch an interview from The Beaufort International Film Festival with the crew of UNCSA student film, SARGEANT TOWNSEND (Editor, Christopher Frith, Director Ben Hall and Producer Jacob LaGuardia, all seniors at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts).

February 2013 - Creator Of Doritos "Fashionista Daddy" Super Bowl Ad, Mark Freiburger (UNCSA class of 2005) Wins Grand Prize To Work With Michael Bay On Paramount Pictures' And Hasbro's 'Transformers 4'.

February 2013 – UNCSA Alumni class of 2010 Alex Moratto selected as one of 8 directors for Film Independent's 12th Annual Director's Lab. 

February 2013 - Director Zach Clark (UNCSA class of 2004) will be premiering his new film WHITE REINDEER at SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST. Alexander Sablow (UNCSA class of 2009) was 1st AC on the project. 

January 2013 – (UNCSA class of 2004) Chad Hartigan's THIS IS MARTIN BONNER won the 2013 Sundance Film Festival's Best of NEXT Audience Award. See Chad discussing the film in an interview using the following link…

January 2013 – David Gordon Green (UNCSA class of 1998) was interviewed with actor, Emile Hirsch about PRINCE AVALANCHE; the inspiration for the film and the process of making it. See the interviews with the links below…
Another interview including Paul Rudd…

December 2012 – 2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Premiere Films
Prince Avalanche / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Gordon Green – UNCSA Class of 1998) — Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch.

December 2012 – 2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Films in NEXT category
This is Martin Bonner / U.S.A.(Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan - UNCSA Class of 2004) — Martin Bonner has just moved to Reno for a new job in prison rehabilitation. Starting over at age 58, he struggles to adapt until an unlikely friendship with an ex–con blossoms, helping him confront the problems he left behind.
Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse.

November 2012 – 2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Spotlight Films
Mud / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter:Jeff Nichols – UNCSA Class of 2001) — Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and reunite him with his true love.
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon. North American Premiere

October 2012 - CW is finalizing a deal with (David Marshall) Grant to executive produce a drama titled "Blink". Written by (UNCSA alumni class of 2011) Vera Herbert (Awkward), the CBS Television Studios is described as a dark family story about a girl whose father is in a coma.

October 2012 - UNCSA alumni class of 2001 Rebecca Green has been selected to participate in the Film Independent Producing Lab with one of (UNCSA School of Drama alumnus) Brett Haley's projects.

October 2012 - UNCSA alumni class of 1998 Jeff Nichols to chair the International Jury for Roma Cinema Fest.

October 2012 - Angus MacLachlan, the screenwriter of 2005’s beautiful and sweet “Junebug,” is set to make his directorial debut with “Goodbye To All That” and he’s cast a pair of character actors as his leads. (UNCSA alumni class of 1998) Paul Schneider (“Bright Star,” "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford") and Melanie Lynskey (gaining some heat from her revelatory turn in “Hello I Must Be Going”).

September 2012 - UNCSA alumni class of 1997 David Gordon Green will direct Nicholas Cage in Joe, based on Larry Brown's novel. New financing and production company Worldview Entertainment is backing the gritty Southern drama.

September 2012 - UNCSA alumni class of 2006 Craig Zobel's COMPLIANCE screened at the 38th Deauville American Film Festival in France.

August 2012 - UNCSA alumni class of 2006 Craig Zobel, is set to write and direct an untitled thriller project for Focus Features.

July 2012 - Sundance Producing Labs - The Bingham Ray fellow, Summer Shelton, comes to the feature film lab with an untitled project about brothers hoping to smuggle exotic lumber, written and directed by (UNCSA alumni class of 2010) Alex Moratto.

June 2012 - The creator of "Mad Men" made his long-brewing movie "You Are Here" with a little help from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, one of THR's film schools to watch.

May 2012 - UNCSA Class of 1998 Jeff Nichols "Steals the Spotlight from Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon" in Cannes 2012

April 2012 - UNCSA Alumni Class of 2001 director Jeff Nichols' film 'Mud,' which stars Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey, will compete at Cannes Film Festival.

March 2012 – UNCSA's Leo Hurley (UNCSA School of Music) wins College Television Award for Music: Best Composition for the score on 2011 School of Filmmaking student film, ZomRomCom: The Musical!

February 2012 – UNCSA Alumni Class of 2006, Zach Seivers, Class of 2008, Justin Davey, and Class of 2009 John Maynard win GOLDEN REEL AWARD for GETTYSBURG. 

September 2011 – Class of 2001 alumnus Jeff Nichols' TAKE SHELTER wins Grand Prize at Deauville (France) Film Festival

September 2011 – Video of Interview with Emmy Award-winning Class of 2006 alumnus Zach Seivers on the sound design of Gettysburg.

August 2011 - UNCSA Film School ranked 2nd best public film school in the United States, 12th best film school in the world! 

August 2011 – TAKE SHELTER Director Jeff Nichols’ Next Movie Will Star Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon

August 2011 - Rough House (Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Jody Hill) sign a one year deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

July 2011 – Hollywood Reporter names Top 25 Film Schools including UNCSA as #12 internationally and #2 in U.S. public undergraduate programs.

May 2011 – Jeff Nichols’ TAKE SHELTER Wins Top Critics Prize at Cannes

March 2011 – Will Files, sound designer, discusses the making of IRONMAN with visual effects director Aaron McBride.

February 2011 - Aaron Katz Braves the Cold Weather

January 2011 – Tim Orr serves on U.S. Dramatic Jury for Sundance Film Festival 2011