Nov. 29, 2010 / PRESS TIP/PHOTO OP

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WINSTON-SALEM – Several alumni are returning for Intensive Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). While this is not a complete list, they include:

  • School of Filmmaking alumnus Brett Haley and School of Drama alumna Trieste Kelly Dunn will screen Haley’s highly acclaimed film THE NEW YEAR, in which Dunn stars, tonight (Nov. 29) at 7 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the School of Filmmaking ACE Exhibition Complex. Following the screening will be a question-and-answer session with Haley and Dunn, moderated by Filmmaking faculty member Dale Pollock. 

Haley and Dunn will be doing various workshops in the School of Filmmaking and the School of Drama on Tuesday and Wednesday, before they leave on Thursday.

THE NEW YEAR won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, and was picked for the Los Angeles Film Festival. It recently screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, N.C. The film was co-written and directed by Haley. It also features Drama alumni Kevin Wheatley and Linda McBride, and Film alumnus Ryan Hunter. Film alumnus Rob Givens was the director of photography, and Film alumnus Austin Donohue was the film music composer.

Of it, The New York Times said: “Brett Haley has built an encouraging feature debut. Ms. Dunn, Mr. Haley and their supporting players appear to have a fine future before them.” 

Variety said, “’The New Year’ represents a glowing coming-out party for its debutant writer-director Brett Haley and star Trieste Kelly Dunn. It feels like a film destined for later rediscovery by cineastes curious to see the first flowering of two serious talents.”

The Los Angeles Times said: “The film's scripted, straight-ahead dramatic storytelling and low-key tone make it something of an anomaly on the current indie landscape… . Dunn really pops off the screen.”

  • School of Filmmaking alumnus Travis Beacham, screenwriter of CLASH OF THE TITANS, will screen his film at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in the Main Theatre of the School of Filmmaking ACE Exhibition Complex. The Q&A after the film will be moderated by Film faculty member Ron Stacker Thompson. Beacham also will give a workshop for UNCSA School of Filmmaking screenwriters on Tuesday, Dec. 7, before departing on Dec. 8.
  • School of Filmmaking alumna Martha Stephens will screen her film PASSENGER PIGEONS on Friday, Dec. 3, in the Main Theatre of the School of Filmmaking ACE Exhibition Complex. PASSENGER PIGEONS was recognized with the Special Jury Award at the SXSW Festival, and also screened at BAMcinemaFEST in Brooklyn. Several School of Filmmaking alumni were in the cast and crew of this film.
  • School of Dance alumni Gillian Murphy and Joseph Phillips will be special guest artists, dancing selected performances of UNCSA’s production of The Nutcracker, which runs Dec. 4-12.  Murphy is a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, where Phillips is a soloist.

·         School of Dance alumnus Zane Booker will teach during Intensive Arts. Formerly with Netherlands Dance Theater and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Booker founded the Smoke, Lilies and Jade Arts Initiative (SLJ), a socially conscious, multimedia dance theatre company promoting HIV/AIDS awareness. In addition to serving as SLJ’s executive and artistic director, Booker is a lecturer at the University of the Arts and Howard University.

·         School of Drama alumnus Dikki Ellis, former clown consultant to the Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade and member of the Big Apple Circus, will be in residence today through Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ellis continues to return to UNCSA as a clown/movement instructor and serves as artistic director and co-creator, in conjunction with Brenner's Children's Hospital, of a program called A.R.C.H., “Artists Reaching Children in the Hospital,” which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006.

  • School of Music alumnus Daniel McKelway, clarinetist, will give a master class and will coach UNCSA clarinet students during Intensive Arts. McKelway plays with the Cleveland Orchestra and teaches at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Intensive Arts is the two-week period between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, when classes are suspended in favor of specialized workshops and individualized study.

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. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit