July 15, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – Harper Alexander, a 2014 graduate of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is the winner of the Linwood Dunn Heritage Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Cinematography from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). Alexander, of South Thomaston, Maine, was recognized for his work on the student short film STARLIGHT.

Alexander accepted the award recently at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

He is the third Heritage Award winner from UNCSA. Aaron Dunson won in 2009 for his work on ASPHYXIA, and Brian Melton won in 2007 for his work on RED AUTUMN. Two additional students have been recognized by the ASC with honorable mention awards -- Jeff Taylor in 2009 for his work on 1915, and Jeremy Grant in 2008 for his work on NEST OF SPIDERS.

Harper Alexander

ASC’s Heritage Awards are rededicated annually to honor an extraordinary member. This year’s honoree, Linwood Dunn, was a two-term president of the ASC, an Oscar winner for visual effects, the inventor of the first zoom lens and the first optical printer, and a governor for both the cinematography and visual effects branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For more information on the ASC Heritage Awards, please see: http://www.theasc.com/asc_news/News_Articles/News_494.php


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.