Appointments, accolades at UNCSA School of Filmmaking
Henry Grillo has been appointed interim dean at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem. An associate dean since 2010, Grillo succeeds Susan Ruskin, who recently accepted a position as dean at the AFI (American Film Institute) Conservatory in Los Angeles.
“Henry Grillo is extraordinarily qualified to guide our top-ranked film school during the 2019-’20 academic year,” said Karin Peterson, interim provost of UNCSA, in an official statement. “His wisdom and expertise will serve us well as we search for a permanent dean while continuing to provide the nation’s finest training for creative storytelling.
“With over four decades in teaching and higher-education administration – including stints at Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Evansville (IN) – Grillo taught for 25 years in the UNCSA School of Design and Production, as assistant dean and director of graduate programs, he oversaw the expansion from four MFA programs to 10.
“After a transition to the School of Filmmaking, he instituted new graduate programs, including a collaborative gaming program with North Carolina State University, created the interdisciplinary film production program for students who pursue degrees outside the school’s eight established disciplines, and provided the infrastructure for a 42% increase in enrollment over the past decade.
“As testament to his leadership, Henry’s tenure at UNCSA has been marked by firsts: He was the first to hold the title of associate dean, the first administrative fellow, and the first director of the faculty enrichment center.”
Grillo has also received both the UNCSA and UNC Board of Governors’ awards for teaching excellence during his tenure at UNCSA.
With the announcement of nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards earlier this month, three graduates of UNCSA are in the running.
Tiffany Little Canfield (School of Drama ‘90) is nominated for the casting of the FX mini-series Fosse/Verdon, which details the sometimes turbulent but ultimately resilient relationship between legendary choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and the equally legendary entertainer Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Canfield, a casting director with the Los-Angeles based Telsey + Company, previously earned Emmy nominations for NBC’s This is Us in 2017 and the FOX presentation of Grease Live! (2016), and won a Casting Society of America Award in 2017 for the feature film The Greatest Showman.
Margaret Qualley, who studied ballet in UNCSA’s high school program, received a nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for her performance as actress/dancer Ann Reinking in Fosse/Verdon, which earned 11 nominations in all. Qualley, the daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and Paul Qualley, also appeared in the HBO sci-fi series The Leftovers (2014-’17) and can currently be seen in a pivotal role opposite Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This is her first Emmy nomination.
Rounding out the UNCSA nominees is another first-timer, Zoe White (School of Filmmaking ‘04), nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) for the episode “Holly” from the third season of the acclaimed, top-rated Hulu drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel and earned 10 Emmy nominations altogether. In 2018, White received nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the Online Film and Television Association for her work on the series. She won a festival prize for best cinematography at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival for the 2016 short The Push, and her feature credits include writer/director Onur Tukel’s comedies Catfight (2016) and The Misogynists (2017).
Filmmaker Richard Clabaugh, a faculty member at the School of Filmmaking from 1999-2007, was unstinting in his praise for his former student.
“Zoe is really talented,” he said. “She was a fantastic, wonderful student, and a wonderful person. I’m super-thrilled to see her get an Emmy nomination.”
FOX will broadcast the Emmy Awards presentation on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 8 pm.
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