Films: shorts

2018 SHORT FILMS:  coming soon!




Me and My Moulton (animation)  Torill Kove, director
A seven-year-old girl asks her hopelessly unconventional parents for a bicycle. But what kind of bike can you expect from a father who sports the only moustache in town and a mother who makes dresses out of curtain fabric?  Our protagonist’s loving yet out-of-touch parents prove to be a source of quiet embarrassment and anxiety for her.  This animated film was nominated for an Academy Award.


Torril Kove is an award-winning director, animator, illustrator and author. Born in Norway, she moved to Montreal, Canada where she studied animation at Concordia University and won Kodak Awards for her student films All You Can Eat, Fallen Angel and Squash and Stretch. Kove has also illustrated seven children’s books.  In 2006, her film The Danish Poet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Kove describes her current project as a “little visual homage to the kind of alternate stay-close/let-go ‘dance’ that a parent might experience with a child, as the bonds of attachment strengthen over time.”


The  (narrative film)  Destinee Gray, director
The is a comedic narrative surrounding the commonplace issue of handling procrastination.   In this final project assignment for a film production class, the director worked with film stock for the first time and faced many challenges during the filming and editing process where thinking economically, critically, and creatively were essential to assembling a visual product.


Destinee Gray is a native of Charlotte, NC, and a senior at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  After she completes her undergraduate studies,  Gray plans to enroll in a film school abroad in hopes of acquiring multiple global perspectives to explore and cover universal issues in her films and creative arts.


Till (documentary)  Emily Frachtling, director
Till is a portrait of Matilda West as she lives out her remaining years in the only place she has ever wanted to be: Roseboro, North Carolina. In this poignant and experimental portrait, Matilda recalls her successes and her regrets, and opens up about her experience of growing older in a small town.


Matilda  West

Emily Frachtling is a Chapel Hill-based freelance editor and videographer with a passion for storytelling. Though her focus has primarily been on documentary, Emily is also fascinated by the endless creative opportunities in the realms of fiction and experimental media. She is currently lead editor of the feature-length documentary The Ties that Bind, a deeply personal and courageous study of the fragility and fortitude of family ties.


The Stone & the Stars (narrative/experimental)  Talya Mar, director
This short narrative film is a poetic exploration of female friendship, and the responsibility young women can feel for one another. Inseparable as young girls, Miriam and Ashley’s friendship changes as Miriam departs for college and Ashley remains in their hometown. Miriam, coping with the loss of her childhood best friend, revisits the quarry that they used to frequent. The Stone & The Stars was sparked by the question of what it means to be the one who is left behind, and how we gather the courage to continue on after the weight of loss.


Talya Mar is originally from Indiana and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress and filmmaker, and above all a believer in stories. The Stone & The Stars is her first foray into screenwriting and narrative film directing. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence, and studied the Meisner technique in New York City.


Leslie Lincoln’s Story (documentary)  Rhonda Klevansky, director
This short film accompanies a Center for Death Penalty Litigation report: On Trial for their Lives.   The report discusses research which shows that the death penalty in North Carolina is used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants — a practice that puts innocent people in danger of being executed.


Leslie Lincoln

Rhonda Klevansky is a videographer, photographer, writer, and an instructor at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has written magazine articles, year-end reports, a nonfiction children’s book and contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library.  Her photographs have been exhibited in the USA, UK, South Africa and Chile. Before moving to the USA she worked on nature films for broadcasters in the UK and South Africa, and has made independent documentaries ever since. She is particularly interested in advocacy and assists non-profits tell their stories.  A native of Durban, South Africa, the director now lives in Durham, NC.


Every Egg Has a Story  (documentary)  Kim Best, director
With their vivid colors and wide array of symbols, pysanky  (“written eggs”) have been said to impart magic, healing, and even — according to legend — the power to save the world from evil. Asheville-based artist Andrea Kulish considers creating and sharing pysanky to be her life’s mission: a way to celebrate both the memory of her parents and her rich Ukrainian heritage.

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Kim Best worked for 20 years as a science/medical writer and editor for daily newspapers and an international nonprofit. She earned her Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies in 2010. In short videos, she shares the work and successes of international nonprofits; highlights worthy causes and individuals; and tells off-beat tales. Links to more of her work can be found at:


The Chosen Life (documentary)  Dawn Porter, director
Dr. Yashica Robinson could soon become the only doctor left in Alabama who is willing and able to provide abortion services.  This short film follows her through her day as she faces protesters who ignore the fact that she also makes sure her patients get the care they need for healthy pregnancies and successful births.

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Dawn Porter is a documentary filmmaker whose first feature, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award in 2013 and later broadcast on HBO. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. Dawn’s other films have appeared on PBS, OWN, and the Discovery Channel. In 2015, Porter interviewed President Barack Obama for Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper. Dawn’s latest feature project, Trapped, explores the impact of laws regulating abortion clinics in the South. Trapped premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. In 2016, Porter was named to Variety’s “10 Documakers to Watch” and received the Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence at DOC NYC’s Visionaries Tribute. She also recently created a short film for The New Yorker Presents, a digital series executive produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.


Introducing Americans to America (documentary) Caroline Murphy & Sydney Dye, directors
This award winning film tells the story of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) Photography Project and the impact it had on reforming the lives of rural Americans. This project exposed the hardship of life in rural America, and simultaneously created the largest pictorial record of a single era in American history.  This project earned first place at the 2016 National History Day competition and was a finalist at the 2016 All American High School Film Festival.


FSA Photography Project


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Caroline Murphy is a senior at Chapel Hill High School in NC. She enjoys being outdoors and creating historical documentaries with her free time in the hopes of capturing moments in time that may have seemed lost to others. She is also a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and a Creativity Foundation National Legacy Award recipient.

Sydney Dye is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and a student in the Documentary Studies Continuing Education program at  Duke University’s Center.  She loves creating both documentary and narrative short films and is planning to study film production in college. She has served as the team leader for several Greensboro 48 Hour Film Projects.


Reclaiming Cardens Lane  (documentary)  Tia Capps & Beth Lavely, directors
With an adoration for old homes, Durham resident, Denise Harrison, describes the significance of owning and renovating historic properties. Denise explains that houses are not only a part of the history of Durham, but they are important to the present and future. The significance of home and land ownership runs deep in Denise’s own history and what it means for her freedom as an African American woman. This film was made as part of a summer course with Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.

Reclaiming Carden's Lane

Denise Harrison

Tia Capps is a communicator and community advocate from Chattanooga, TN. With a background in writing and economic development, her creative pursuits are rooted in an abiding fascination with placemaking and the curious characters that feed a city’s collective identity. As a student at Center for Documentary Studies’ 2016 Documentary Video Institute, Tia swapped out her pen for a camera in her very first – but certainly not last – experiment with visual storytelling.

Beth Lavely has a passion for justice, people, and the potential impact story has for the development and progress of our communities.  Beth was propelled towards storytelling work after having had the great opportunity of working in Guatemala alongside Ixil and Quiche peoples who are, in part, fighting for truth, justice, and dignity through a collective memory project.  Today, she is finishing a Masters in Public Health and is involved in a living history project with a neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina.  


Shampoo Summit (documentary)  Iris Zaki, director

In a hair salon in Israel, Arab and Jewish women find common ground… in a sink.  Jews and Arabs live largely segregated in Israel, but you wouldn’t know it spending an afternoon at Fifi’s hair salon in Haifa.


Iris Zaki is a documentary lecturer and PhD student in Media Arts at the Royal Holloway University of London.  “My hometown, Haifa, in Israel, is very proud of its legacy of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs; but I think it is more divided than it can seem. For example, as a Jew I don’t remember ever chatting with my Arab neighbors growing up,” she said.  But Fifi’s is different. To go behind the scenes, Zaki got a job washing hair at the salon and filmed herself chatting in Hebrew with the women of varied faiths and backgrounds who filed through her chair.  Many of the women bemoaned the distrust and antagonism that exists between Jews and Arabs in Israel.  “Let me tell you,” one woman told Zaki, “if women were running things here, including the politics, we would have lived in peace with our neighbors ages ago.”

Read an interview with Iris Zaki here.

Tasting The Moon (experimental, animation) Dawn Chan, director & Tereza Beniakova, producer
Tasting the Moon
is a series of moving portraits of the first generation of contemporary female artists in Afghanistan. Comprised of three animated segments, Dawn spotlights Shamsia Hassani, Nabila Horakhsh, and Malina Suliman and their internal reality as individual artists in Kabul.  Each segment is created as an impressionistic dream sequence by drawing inspiration from re-occurring metaphors in each artist’s work. In this collaborative attempt, Chinese American artist Dawn Chan explores the symbiotic relationship between female minority artists and their roots.


Dawn Chan was born in the US, and relocated to Hong Kong at the age of 9. Her first exposure to video art was during her college years in London, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. Later, during her studies at the California Institute of the Arts’s MFA Experimental Animation program, Chan was approached by long term Kabul resident Tereza Beniakova for a creative collaboration with Kabul Art Project.   The resulting project was Tasting the Moon.   The director states, “My intent was to create a moving piece through which the audience can witness this bracket of suffocation that comes from the cultural impositions of being a female artist. My personal wish for women in the world is to have the ability to recognize who they are, what they want, and ultimately, the courage and freedom to stand by their own definition of happiness.”   Chan has recently completed her graduate studies in CalArts, and currently resides in Los Angeles as a video artist.


37° North
(documentary)  Puck Lo, director

A Korean-American farmer collects and harvests rare Korean heirloom seeds in California.


Puck Lo is interested in utopian social movements, diaspora, intersections of race, gender, class — and all things hidden in plain sight.  Her films explore liberatory and carceral spaces, political memory and embodiment, and the relationship of people to place(s). She graduated with a M.A. degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley and has worked as a producer for two nationally-syndicated radio shows and   She currently makes films at Stanford University where she will graduate from the M.F.A program in Documentary Film.


Diving Within (documentary)  Hanan Dirya, director

Diving Within is a short documentary featuring Sharena Abdullah, a recent immigrant to Ireland from her native Malaysia.   Like many immigrants, she fears losing her identity  in the attempt to integrate to her new home.  Sharena struggles to find balance and after much inner conflict, she makes adjustments so she can connect with people around her.


Sharena Abdullah

Hanan Dirya
is a Dublin based director, originally from Somalia. She holds a BA (Honours) in Film and TV Production from the National Film School at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology. She also has a Diploma in Film and TV Production from Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education.  More info about Hanan Dirya at:




Winged Invasion (Lisa Sorg)

In 1969 – 1970, millions of blackbirds inexplicably descended on Scotland Neck, North Carolina. The filth, noise and smell prompted town officials to use creative ways to get rid of the birds: Setting off fireworks, banging pots and pans, and even enlisting the help of federal officials, who flew airplanes above the trees and sprayed the birds with water in hopes they would freeze to death. This documentary uses recreations, archival material, and interviews to chronicle how residents coped with the invasion.


Lisa Sorg is an award-winning journalist, photographer and documentary filmmaker who lives in Durham, NC. She received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center forDocumentary Studies at Duke University in 2010. “Winged Invasion” was her third short film. Her current project is the short documentary ”A Sense of the Fitness of Things.” It is the story of a Chatham County man who lives off the grid on a farmstead where he handcrafts pine coffins without the use of power tools. After a woman orders a pine coffin for her dying mother, the two families learn to embrace the cycles of life and the act of letting go.


A Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon (Walaa al Alawi/Laura Doggett)

Walaa recounts her terrifying journey from Syria to Jordan as a 14-year-old girl, and how filmmaking has given her hope through the chance to voice her story and reach out to other girls with similar experiences. The title references a drama with two moons: an external moon that every night hangs like a question mark in the sky, and another internal moon that keeps her awake with the memory of the road to exile.


Laura Doggett is a filmmaker and educator who believes in the transformative power of creative expression and storytelling in the lives of young people. She has spent much of the past 20 years creating opportunities for teenagers and girls to be heard in their own voices. Through video, audio, writing, theater and visual arts, Laura has worked with girls from under-served and marginalized communities in the Appalachian mountains of KY and WV; the immigrant communities and inner cities of NYC, Queens, the Bronx and DC; and Jordan’s Syrian refugee camps and urban areas, to express their experiences through various artistic approaches to storytelling. She graduated from Duke University with an MFA in Experimental an Documentary Arts in 2013. She was a Felsman Fellow in Jordan in 2014. Now, as a Hine Fellow, she is working with girls in the Bronx who are in the foster care system to help them express their stories through video.


Susan (Brenna Cukier)

This short documentary combines archival material, interviews and present-day footage to present a vignette about a personal subject for the filmmaker: her maternal grandmother, Susan Hammer. The film explores growing older through the lens of one woman’s life and memories.



Brenna Cukier is a recent graduate of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where as a recipient of the Lewis Hine Fellowship, she works with Center for Family Life in Sunset Park to document the NGO’s staff, clients and community.  Susan is her first film; it won Best Student Documentary in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards; Best Student Documentary in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards; Platinum Award at the Oregon International Film Awards; and was an official selection at the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival and the SPE Women’s Film Festival.


(re)breathe (Mia Ginaé Watkins)

Through her words, a poet describes her fears, hopes and dreams as an African-Americanfemale in today’s modern society. “(re)breathe” is a poem written by director Mia Ginaé, who was inspired by the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents in 2014. The main character is split into three personas: the storyteller, the ancestor who haunts her thoughts and actions, and the alternative, free-spirited side of herself being suffocated by the world around her. The three personas reach a middle ground: They believe that, despite struggles, they will overcome them and progress to a brighter future.


Mia Ginaé Watkins  recently earned a BA in Cinema and Television Arts at Elon University. She sees filmmaking as a way to tell “visual stories” that can shape the world, both by entertaining and inspiring people. She is passionate about travel, which she embraces as a means to enrich her understanding of life.


Escúchame Cantar / Listen to Me Sing (Karoly Bautista Pizarro & EB Landesberg)

In this short video, Karoly shows and tells you about her life in the community of Cantagallo in Lima, Peru.  Her family is from the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon, and she is very proud of her indigenous Shipibo language and culture. She says, “What I want to say with this video and what I want to show is for people to see in us a culture with value. For us, as well as our ancestors, and all those who live in Cantagallo.”


Karoly Bautista Pizarro
(Director, Cinematographer): Karoly is 14 years old and lives in Lima, Peru. She wants to be an actress when she grows up.

Elizabeth (EB) Landesberg is a filmmaker, multimedia documentary artist and educator based in Durham, NC. She teaches in Duke University’s Arts of the Moving Image Program and co-directs the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. As a 2014-15 Felsman Documentary Fellow in Lima, Peru, she facilitated documentary workshops that enabled teenagers (including Karoly) to investigate and make videos about their communities, families and cultures. EB has worked with young people through educational programs, media workshops and community organizations in Los Angeles, Durham, Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and Tanzania.


The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium (Lindsey Phillips)

Jefferson Variety, a family-owned fabric and craft store, is the epicenter of all things costuming in New Orleans. It is a place of both raw materials and social congregation, where diverse members of the New Orleans community are found. This short documentary film follows characters as they buy materials, create their costumes and prepare for the 2015 carnival season.


Lindsey Phillips is a documentary filmmaker and editor based in New Orleans. Her most recent work includes directing and editing “Welcome to the Music Box: the Roving Village Orchestra,” editing short documentary films for Time and The New Yorker, and serving as an editor for the online interactive documentary “Land of Opportunity.” Lindsey also is the Director of Cinema Reset, a film initiative dedicated to the exhibition of new media works and installations in partnership with the New Orleans Film Festival. Lindsey holds a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and received her BA in Digital Media Production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.


Animated Life: Mary Leakey  (Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman)

This short paper puppet documentary remembers the paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, who discovered footprints of human ancestors on the African savanna.


Sharon Shattuck is a documentary filmmaker and animator. Sharon’s first feature, From This Day Forward, about her transgender parent, premiered at the 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, had its international premiere at Hot Docs, and is in select theaters in spring/summer 2016. She has animated several award-winning documentary films and shorts, including the Emmy-nominated feature, The City Dark, which premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS’s 2012 POV series, and The Search For General Tso, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed through IFC/Sundance Selects, and the short film Truck Farm. Her short video and animation work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS, Slate, ProPublica, and Radiolab. She’s a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post and The Advocate, and has degrees in environmental science and journalism.

Flora Lichtman is a science journalist and host of the climate change podcast ‘The Adaptors.’  Her work has appeared on NPR, and in The New York Times, Popular Science and The Atlantic. Previously, Flora was the multimedia editor at National Public Radio’s Science Friday, where she made science videos for the web and chatted about them on the radio.  She’s also the co-author of Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us (Wiley, 2011) and likes looking at sea life.


Las Mujeres de San Juan/The Women of San Juan (Leslie Baker)

In a small southern town where half the residents are Spanish-speaking immigrants, San Juan Diego Catholic Church serves as a vital meeting place for the close-knit Latino community. “Las Mujeres de San Juan” is an inside look at the church through the eyes of its female leaders.

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Leslie Baker is a photographer, filmmaker and North Carolina native. She is interested in documenting the changing people and culture of the South. This is her first film.





Miss Todd (Kristina Yee)

Miss Todd is a stop-motion, musical animation about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane. The film was made at the National Film and Television School in England and is inspired by a real person.  It’s 1909, and the whole world is waking to the possibilities of flight. Miss Todd dreams of flying, but she’s got more than gravity holding her down. This is the story of her determination, her perseverance, and her passion.  Miss Todd won the Gold Medal in the Foreign Film Category at the 2013 Student Academy Awards.  See the trailer HERE.



Kristina Yee is a director, animator, and illustrator from Northern California. She attended Harvard University where she studied Folklore and Mythology, was an avid member of the Radcliffe Choral Society, and drew cartoons for the notoriously offensive Harvard Lampoon.

She attended the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England. Her graduation film, “Miss Todd” won the Gold Medal in the Foreign Film Category at the 2013 Student Academy Award. It is the first animation in the history of the awards to win in this category. It is being published as a children’s book in May 2015. She is currently developing several short and feature-length projects.

The Night Witch (Alison Klayman)

Nadezhda Popova, known as Nadia, was part of the Soviet Union’s all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment, and among the world’s first female combat flight pilots. In the dark, they’d cut their engines and fly close to the ground to hit their targets; the sound made the Germans think of a witch’s broom.  In interviews with Ms. Popova and other Night Witches, the women look back at their service in the world’s first unit of female combat flight pilots with a striking degree of matter-of-factness. They were adamant that their wartime achievements were made in the service of their country, aided by their love of flying. Yet many also commented that they wouldn’t wish to do it again. Rather than reading this as a sign of a weaker feminine constitution, as some critics of women in the military claim, the filmmaker sees a courageous acknowledgment that war was terrible for all who experienced it.


Alison Klayman was named one of the 20 Directors to Watch on a list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40 by New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis.  Her debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, and earned Alison a Director’s Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world. It was also one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman.

Girl Power (Angela Alford & Aggie Alford)

Aggie wants all the boys to know that girls can be stronger than boys when they are 7 or 8 years old. “They think I’m weak because I’m a girl, so I’m here to prove them wrong!” She wants to change the meaning of the word “girly” to stand for courageous, strong, brave, standing up for yourself. “That’s what a girl is – they just got to take the chance to be it.”

Angela Alford is a documentary filmmaker based in Raleigh, NC and a 2011 graduate of the Certificate Program in Documentary Arts at the Center for Documentary at Duke University.  Her first film “Granny’s Got Game” has played in multiple festivals and community screenings, inspiring people across the country.  Angela’s daughter, Aggie, collaborated with her on this project.


Aggie Alford is eight years old and in the third grade. She came up with the idea for “Girl Power” and wrote all of her own lines. When Aggie is not practicing pull-ups, she is playing basketball, swimming, climbing trees, selling Girl Scout cookies, and doing big multiplication problems for fun.  Aggie hopes to study engineering when she gets older.

A Vida Politica: Negra Jho  (Kat Mansoor)

For Negra Jho, a hairdresser whose salon lies in the heart of the old centre of the city of Salvador – where more than 80% of the population are black – beauty is politics. In a context in which centuries of racism have shaped ideas of beauty, the politics of our hair gains new significance. Brazilian society has privileged images of white women as icons of beauty. Black women have grown up being told that their hair is ugly, and that beautiful hair is straight and smooth. Affirming black beauty becomes a political project in a country that has projected an image of the sultry ‘mulatto’ to the world, while white Brazilian models and TV presenters grace television screens and gossip pages. Afro-Brazilian culture has gained prominence in recent years, and the Brazilian Black and Black Feminist movements are strong and visible, promoting different images of black women. In this film, Negra Jho shares her reflections on hair, politics and life.



Kat Mansoor runs the independent media production company, Animal Monday Ltd, which provides engaging, original films and documentaries for television networks and community interests. Her roles include the direction and production of documentaries, development of business ideas, fundraising for new projects, production of new media and the formation of innovative partnerships. Kat is also co-founder of Loop Festival and Vital Edge Aid, a media-based NGO.

Gate City Roller Girls (Kathryn Jeffords)

This short documentary tells an unpredictable story of women who have found empowerment and athleticism in the newly revived 1970’s sport, roller derby.


Kathryn Jeffords was raised in Davidson, North Carolina and has had a passion for storytelling and the creative arts since her childhood. Her experiences have ranged from the performing arts, to marketing, and now to documentary filmmaking. She hopes to continue pursuing this passion in her last semester at Elon University (NC) and in years to come.

Magdalena’s Traditional Tortillas (Dara Stillman & Lauren Waits)

Magdalena is a Zapotec woman living in a village in Oaxaca, Mexico. She continues to make her tortillas the traditional way, despite pressures from a changing world.


Dara Stillman decided to learn filmmaking after a long career in clinical research. Now that she lives in Mexico, she hopes to grow into the rich creative experiences that beckon each day from every street corner and rural vista.

Lauren Waits –bio coming soon.  (Amber Schmiesing)

“If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive from someplace else. Who knows? Maybe you have come to a royal position for just such a time as this.” This film explores how a setting can impact the overall meaning for the  viewer. Experimentation between the choreography, editing, sound, and movement plays a role in the storyline of the film.


Amber Schmiesing is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major and Communications minor at Elon University. She constantly tries to find ways to bring dance and video together into one medium and enjoys creating, performing, filming, editing in and for any kind of film, especially dance films.

Lady Parts (Katherine Gorringe & Emily Fraser)

In an industry dominated by men, Lady Parts Automotive brings a woman’s touch to the female car owners who need it most.


Emily Fraser is a San Francisco Bay Area documentary filmmaker committed to finding the poetry in the every day while provoking discussion around pressing social and environmental issues. Her work has been shown around the country and the globe, with screenings at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Doc NYC, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, the University Film and Video Association Conference, and the Pacific Film Archive, among others. Emily has served as a filmmaker for the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Revs Program at Stanford, and the Boy Scouts of America, and as the coordinator of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project’s annual environmental film series. She holds an M.F.A in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

Katherine Gorringe is documentary producer, director, editor, and sound recordist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She believes in the power of storytelling to inspire dialogue and envision a better world. Katherine has worked on nonfiction productions for The History Channel, independent filmmaker Laurie Collyer, and her films have been featured on the Smithsonian Magazine website, at LunaFest, Dam Shorts Film Festival, Oakland International Film Festival, and the Festival International De Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz, France, among others. Katherine is the director of the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship in Birmingham, AL and holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University.

Body Image (Julia Boyd)

Interviews with three college women reveal different perspectives on body image, what it means, and how it has affected them.  They offer up personal experiences and difficulties with their appearances, as well as solutions to make their community a more accepting place.

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Julia Boyd is a student filmmaker from Atlanta, GA, currently in her final year at Elon University, NC.  She has a passion for documentary and social change.

That Deputy Sheriff Might Surprise You (Kim Best)

In 1979, Lucy Zastrow became the first woman deputy in the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. During a 30-year career in law enforcement, she was promoted to lieutenant, captain and then major. Formidable even as a child and dubbed “The Shark” by her colleagues, she proved herself to be tough but fair.

Kim Best worked for 20 years as a science/medical writer and editor for daily newspapers and an international nonprofit. She earned her Certificate in Documentary Arts from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies in 2010. In short videos, she shares the work and successes of international nonprofits; highlights worthy causes and individuals; and tells off-beat tales. Links to more of her work can be found at:


Read more about Lucy Zastrow – HERE



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