May 11, 2010/PRESS TIP: This screening is not open to the public, but a limited number of seats are available for press.
Please contact Marla Carpenter at 336-770-3337 or carpem@uncsa.edu to be admitted.



SXSW Favorite Recently Acquired by IFC Films

WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking alumni Aaron Katz, Brendan McFadden and Andrew Reed will screen their film COLD WEATHER for current film students at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 14, in the Main Theatre of the School of Filmmaking. The trio will also answer questions following the 97-minute screening.

COLD WEATHER made a splash at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, and won the Independent Visions Jury Prize at the Sarasota Film Festival. It was also a selection of the San Francisco, Atlanta and Maryland film festivals.

Katz (Class of 2004) is the writer, director and editor, while McFadden (Class of 2004) is the writer/producer. Reed (Class of 2006) is the cinematographer.

The film also involved numerous other UNCSA alumni, including Ben Stambler (2000), producer, and Elliott Glick (Class of 2004), production designer.  In addition, the cast features UNCSA alumni Trieste Kelly Dunn (School of Drama Class of 2004) as Gail and Robyn Rikoon (School of Drama Classes of 2008 and 2004 [high school]) as Rachel.

Cris Lankenau as Doug in Cold Weather directed by Aaron Katz

Trieste Kelly Dunn as Gail (left) and Director Aaron Katz (right) on the set of Cold Weather, photograph by Scott Green

IndieWire reported on May 7 that: “Aaron Katz’s COLD WEATHER which was a favorite with critics when it debuted at SXSW this past March - has been acquired by IFC Films for North American and multiple foreign rights including Asia, the Middle East and East-Central Europe.” Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment, said in a statement: “This is one of the most original American independent films of the year and we can’t wait to bring it to audiences via all of our various platforms.”

Katz, McFadden and Reed all worked together on DANCE PARTY, USA, which premiered at SXSW in 2006, and QUIET CITY, which appeared on a number of year-end top ten lists and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

Other UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumni are doing well on the film festival circuit as well. For example:

  • Martha Stephens’ (Class of 2006) film PASSENGER PIGEONS was recognized with the Special Jury Award at the SXSW Festival (The Chicken & Egg Pictures “We Believe in You” Award), among others, and will screen on June 13 at BAMcinemaFEST in Brooklyn. UNCSA alumnus Alexander Sablow (Class of 2009) is on the crew and alumni Brendan McFadden (see above) and Karrie Crouse (Class of 2004) are in the cast.
  • And Brett Haley’s (Class of 2005) film THE NEW YEAR won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, and will be screened next, in June, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it is competing for Best Narrative Feature. It stars Drama alumni Trieste Kelly Dunn (see above), Kevin Wheatley (Class of 2002), and Linda McBride (Class of 2006), and Film alumnus Ryan Hunter (Class of 2005).

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. Internationally renowned conductor John Mauceri has been chancellor of UNCSA since 2006. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.