The nationally ranked School of Filmmaking at UNCSA will present an alumni film lineup for its Fall Panorama on Friday, Nov.
10, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1993.
Featuring short films made over the years, a mix of film, digital, black and white,
color, narrative, animation and documentary films will be presented. The films will
be screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex of
the Studio Village on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main Street. Admission is free, and
no ticket is required for the in-person screening. On-demand access will be available from Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. through Nov. 12 at 11:59 p.m.
“We’ll start with two films from the first graduating classes, 1997 and 1998, screened
from the 16mm prints made back then,” said School of Filmmaking Dean Deborah LaVine.
“Then we will move on to the digital age and screen the rest of the program.
“It will be a fascinating journey down memory lane,” Dean LaVine continued. “The films
include our students’ early efforts at documentary filmmaking and at using a green
screen, and some of our first films to screen at the prestigious Slamdance and CAMERIMAGE
The screening will last approximately 90 minutes.
The program will include:
- “Door to Door” (1997), written and directed by Beth Petty (B.F.A ’97), a graduate
of the first School of Filmmaking class and also a School of Dance alumna. Petty has
been the executive director of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission for more than
20 years and has helped bring such films as “Leatherheads,” “Shallow Hal,” “Talledega
Nights,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Patriot” and “Sully” to the Charlotte area. She
also helped land TV series like “Banshee,” “Shots Fired” and “Homeland.” “Door to
Door” was her fourth-year thesis film.
- “Our Lady of Grace” (1997), written and directed by James Gledhill (B.F.A. ’98).
"The Tragedy of Glady"
- The Tragedy of Glady” (2004), a fourth-year film written and directed by Karrie Crouse
(B.F.A. ’04) and filmed by Zoe White (B.F.A. ’04). Crouse and White recently finished
filming a new feature film, “Dust,” starring Sarah Paulson and Annaleigh Ashford.
Crouse has also worked as a staff writer on the series “Westworld,” among others.
White worked as an assistant cameraperson on “Superman Returns” the year after her
graduation and is most noted for her work as a cinematographer for the TV series “The
Handmaid’s Tale” and “Hit & Run.”
"B for Beekeeper"
- “B for Beekeeper” (2007), directed by Tom O’Keefe (B.F.A. ’07), and one of the school’s
earliest efforts at documentary filmmaking. It was also one of the school’s first
films to screen at the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival.
"Death and the Robot"
- “Death and the Robot” (2013), written, directed and animated by Austin Taylor (B.F.A.
’13), and co-written by Alex W. Thompson (B.F.A. ’14). It is a stop-motion animation
featuring a robot created and 3D printed by Taylor that was very successful on the
film festival circuit.
"Echoes of a Note"
- “Echoes of a Note” (2015), a second-year student film notable for featuring a deaf
character and one of the school’s first films accepted to screen in competition at
the prestigious CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography. It
was directed by Chris Mathews (B.F.A. ’17) and shot by Trent Spivey (B.F.A. ’18).
- “Supernova” (2016), a collaborative fourth-year animation from Gavin Lankford (B.F.A.
’17), Ember Kosinski (B.F.A. ’17) and the animation class of 2016. Lankford now works
as the executive-in-charge of the TV series “City Island” for PBS Kids and Kosinski
is a visualization artist with The Third Floor in LA, working on the TV series “She-Hulk:
Attorney at Law,” “For All Mankind” and “Moon Knight.”
- “Parchment Wings” (2016), directed by Fernando Medina (B.F.A. ’16), is an imaginative
story about storytellers and one of the school’s first films to use a green screen,
illustrating the story within the story with character silhouettes.
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