The Arts

Student Selections Screened at UNCSA

(Last Updated On: May 3, 2017)


The UNCSA School of Filmmaking’s spring semester is drawing to a close, and that means a fresh selection of student films has been completed. Now, you’re invited to see the filmmakers of tomorrow at work today – as third-year student films will be screened Thursday and fourth-year student films Friday.

The fourth-year student film line-up includes Blitz (directed by Chad Knuth), a sports-related drama about a high-school student pondering an athletic scholarship; Cypress Tree (directed by Emery McGaha), an intense drama about suspicions that arise between a mother and her rebellious son; The Eyes of a Dragon (directed by Michael Kauffmann), in which a middle-aged woman escapes a broken marriage with a mysterious cabbie; The Harem of Henry Javier (directed by Jared Sprouse), in which an imaginative teenager is torn between a harem of women in his fantasies and an edgy new female student in school; Low Miles (directed by Joe Hoenig), a character study about a grief-stricken mother recalling bittersweet memories of her daughter; Pica (directed by Alex Thomas), a period piece set in the 1950s wherein a pregnant housewife hosts a baby shower while dealing with a compulsive disorder; Polo Rainbow (directed by Zach Doerfer), a college comedy about three buddies looking for fun; Straggler (directed by Sean Rooney), in which a veteran “ghostbuster” matches wits with a spirit who doesn’t realize he’s dead; Supernova (directed by Gavin Lankford and Alek Kosinski), a sci-fi adventure about a young boy’s determination to retrieve his favorite video, replete with 3-D model effects; Tethered (directed by Beth Fletcher), a whimsical adventure in which a young inventor creates a device that can change the weather; and Shades (directed by Dri Damasceno), a drama about a random encounter between a beautiful drifter and a cynical gas-station attendant.

Many of these films were shot in Winston-Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad region, so don’t be surprised if you glimpse familiar local landmarks in them – and perhaps some familiar faces, too!

Want to go …? The UNCSA School of Filmmaking will screen its third-year student films 7 pm Thursday and its fourth-year student films 4 pm and 8 pm Friday in the ACE Exhibition Complex, located on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is free. For more information about this and other UNCSA events, call 336.721.1945 or visit the official website:

A/perture cinemas takes a stand with May screenings

Winston-Salem’s premiere art-house destination, a/perture cinemas, is participating in The Seventh Arts Stand, a nationwide series of films being presented by cinemas and community centers around the nation as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. The Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS) has teamed up with US cinemas to present stories of friends and filmmakers abroad, to expand the circle of knowledge and learning with cinemagoers.

The first screening, scheduled for May 9, is Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s award-winning documentary feature Sonita (in English, Persian and Dari with English subtitles), which explores the life of Sonita Alizadeh, a refugee from Afghanistan who defies the odds – and traditions – in her quest to become a hop-hop star.

A panel discussion will follow the screening moderated by Joshua Canzona, a PhD candidate in religious studies from Georgetown University and an adjunct instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, featuring Darlene May, teaching professor in Arabic at Wake Forest University; Dr. Hamdy Radwan and Aladin Ebraheem from the Annoor Islamic Center in Clemmons; and Dr. Truman Dunn, retired Moravian minister and board member of Interfaith Winston-Salem.

The second screening, scheduled for May 10, is Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple’s documentary feature Salam Neighbor (in English and Arabic with English subtitles), in which the two filmmakers journeyed overseas to live among the 80,000 refugees in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, near the Syrian border, in an effort to convey to audiences the ongoing severity of this humanitarian crisis by profiling individuals who have been uprooted from their homes and are struggling to rebuild their lives.

Joshua Canzona will again moderate a post-screening panel discussion that again features Dr. Hamdy Radwan, as well as A.Z. Obiedat, associate professor of Arabic at Wake Forest University; Jerry McLeese, the founder and board member of Interfaith Winston-Salem and co-founder of Compassionate Winston-Salem; and Kel Billings, a community volunteer who has five years’ experience assisting refugees, most recently in Jordan and Lesvos.

Both screenings will be preceded by the 2012 Oscar-nominated short film Karama Has No Walls (in Arabic with English subtitles), which examines the 2011 political uprising in Yemen.

Want to go …? The Seventh Art Stand’s presentation of Sonita will be screened 6 pm May 9, and Salam Neighbor 6 pm May 10 at a/perture cinemas, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $12.50 (each screening). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.722.8148 or visit the official website: The official Seventh Art Stand website is