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Jan. 24, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu


And Film Faculty Member Wade Wilson Currently Working
with Nominated Sound Designer


WINSTON-SALEM – Four alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) have ties to Best Picture Oscar nominations, and a film faculty member is currently working with a nominated sound designer. The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced this morning. 

Alumna Anna Camp (School of Drama, Class of 2004, Acting) portrayed Jolene French in THE HELP, directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.  THE HELP received three additional nominations: Davis for Best Actress and both Spencer and Chastain for Best Supporting Actress. Since graduating from UNCSA, Camp has had recurring roles on HBO’s “True Blood,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” and CBS’s “The Good Wife.”

Anna Camp   

Alumnus Will Files (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2002, Editing & Sound) was additional sound designer for THE TREE OF LIFE, directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.  TREE OF LIFE was also nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Directing. Files’ other recent projects include his role as sound designer for THE SMURFS, the international sensation produced by School of Filmmaking Dean Jordan Kerner, and the critically acclaimed drama TAKE SHELTER, written and directed by fellow School of Filmmaking alumnus Jeff Nichols.


Alumnus Jason Garner (School of Design & Production, Class of 2003, Scene Design) was assistant art director for THE DESCENDENTS, directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. In addition to its Best Picture nomination, THE DESCENDANTS received nominations for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Editing, Best Actor and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. Garner’s previous credits include HALLOWEEN and MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL.


Alumna Missi Pyle (School of Drama, Class of 1995, Acting) portrayed Constance in THE ARTIST, which received a total of 10 nominations including Best Achievement in Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Editing and Original Score as well as Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. Among Pyle’s credits are CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, BIG FISH and DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY.

In addition to the alumni connections with the Best Picture nominees, UNCSA School of Filmmaking Assistant Dean Wade Wilson is currently working with Lon Bender, who was nominated this morning for Best Achievement in Sound Editing for DRIVE. Wilson, who is chair of the Picture Editing and Sound Design faculty, is working on THE HUNGER GAMES for Soundelux in Hollywood, as a sound effects editor for Bender, his mentor of the past 14 years. THE HUNGER GAMES, which was filmed in North Carolina, is one of the most anticipated films of 2012 (March 23 is U.S. release date). Wilson’s feature film credits include SHREK, MADAGASCAR, SHARK TALE, THE PERFECT STORM, MYSTIC RIVER, ELF, and UNFAITHFUL.


The Academy Awards ceremony will be televised live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center beginning at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 26, on the ABC Television Network. The awards are administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).


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 high 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. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.