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Many of our students have gone on to careers in the film and television industry; others are pursuing academic careers teaching film. If you are a Film Studies alumni and we've lost track of you, please drop the Film Studies Director an email about what you're doing!

Taylor Adams

Film major Taylor Adams graduated in August 2011, and works for the NC State Athletics Department as a videographer and editor. A lot of the content he produces gets posted on the athletics website,, such as highlight packages, exclusive web features, and interviews. He also helps produce two television shows the university sponsors about our athletics program, THE MARK GOTTFRIED SHOW and INSIDE WOLFPACK SPORTS, that air in local and regional television markets. He's also in the process of finishing up a short film for which he wrote the script.

Clifton Armstrong

Clifton Armstong graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies in 2006 and is now an assistant editor at Trailblazer Studios working under Serious Robots. He has worked as an assistant editor on “19 Kids and Counting,” “Sister Wives ," and “Jon & Kate Plus 8," which was the number one show on TLC and in the top 20 on cable. Clifton has edited spots for the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as a National Geographic Documentary. You can learn more about Clifton’s work at IMDB. Clifton also has ongoing personal projects. He helped film "The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack," which was chosen as one of the Best New Top 100 iTunes podcasts for 2006, beating out 100,000 podcasts (now at He is also involved with producing no-budget productions on YouTube.

John Baker
John Baker is pursuing an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute, Los Angeles. In 2006, John won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenwriting award for an original screenplay for the second time--and he is the only AFI student to have done so!

Meghan Balfrey

Meghan Balfrey graduated with a BA in Communication and a BA in Film Studies in 2008. Currently, she is the High School Services Coordinator for Living Arts College in Raleigh, NC, where she gets to travel to different high schools to present programs—including short films created by LAC students—to art classes. She is also a freelance photographer and she works with fellow NCSU film studies alum, Clifton Armstrong, on a "really bad independent webseries" called Jump the Shark.

Nicholas Bambach

Nicholas Bambach graduated in 2012 from NCSU with a B.A. in English with Film Emphasis (with Honors) and he was one of the selected students for the Full Frame Festival. He was accepted to Ohio University to pursue his M.A. in Film Studies. He will be a T.A. in the Fall Semester and his entire tuition for the 2013-14 school year will be paid by the Department of Film at Ohio University. Taking a number of undergraduate film courses at NCS inspired him to pursue an M.A. in Film Studies and he hopes that the Film Program at NCSU "will keep growing with lots of enthusiasm from the wonderful teachers and students."

Chad Beck
After completing his M.A. at NCSU in 1997, Chad went on to earn an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Indiana University. Chad was awarded a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship in 2007-2008 and is now an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College.

Sarah Krocker Bonilla

Sarah Krocker Bonilla received her MA in 2005 and is currently working on her PhD in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh under the guidance of Dr. Dorota Ostrowska and Dr. Jolyon Mitchell. Her research focuses on the identity of the nun as a reflection of feminist ideologies in the UK, France, Italy, and Spain. Outside of her work with her PhD, she runs the Edinburgh University Post-Graduate Film Group and participates in the peer reviewed Post-Graduate publication Forum. Her dedication to her website, the Picture Show Pundits, is steadfast and she strives to keep a continuous involvement with the thriving Edinburgh film community.

Tyler Bordon

2011 Film Studies graduate Tyler Borden landed a full-time job as a PA with the television program "Homeland" in Summer 2011 and ended up managing their travel department. He will go back for the second season beginning in March, 2012. "Homeland" won 2012 Golden Globe awards for best drama series and best actress.

Jason Bryan

Jason Bryan completed his M.A. in 2007.  He received a scholarship to Cardozo law school in New York, where he is now a student. He is also shopping around the screenplay, "Different People," that he wrote at NCSU as his thesis.

Jason Buel

Jason Buel completed his MA in 2012. He has been accepted into NCSU's CRDM program to pursue a PhD and he has been offered a funded position as a TA.

Robert Burleson
Robert Burleson graduated from NCSU in 2005. He started off as a camera operator at WRAL in Raleigh and is now a director.

Meredith Caccamo
Meredith graduated with high honors in 2010 and is working towards an M.F.A. (with a concentration in editing) at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

Rob Caldwell
Rob Caldwell received his M.A. in 2005 and is the Studio Manager for the Distance Learning program at the NC School of Science and Math in Durham, NC.   As part of his job he directs live videoconference sessions between the NC School of Science and Math and other schools, which enables a wider range of students to take advanced science and math courses.

Liesl Shaffer Clouse
Liesl Shaffer Clouse graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies in 2006. In the summer of 2007 she was the production coordinator for all of the Sundance Film Festival labs (Directors, Documentary Edit, Theatre, Composers, Documentary Composers). She worked for five years for the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, growing from an internship to technical and print traffic coordinator in 2010. She now lives with Ariel Estigarribia in Santa Monica, CA. The two are working on an original project that fuses music, film & animation with live performance.

Eric Collins

Eric T. Collins graduated with a Film Studies degree in 2003 and then procceded to obtain his A.S. in Film Production from
Full Sail in Winter Park, Florida.  Since Full Sail, he's been

freelancing in Orlando on independent features, music videos, television and industrial  shoots.  A few of the companies he has worked for are TransContinantal, BET, The Lifetime Channel, Walt Disney World and Metris (an Italian television
production company).  He is currently a lab specialist at Full Sail. 

David Cudar
David Cudar is a Film Instructor at St. Petersburg College.

Jason Curtis

Jason Curtis graduated with a film studies B.A. in 2007. He works as a Producer at Droga5, an ad agency based in New York, putting together digital projects. He recently completed their new web site ( as well as sites, mobile apps, and campaigns for UNICEF, vitaminwater, Coke, Puma, Kraft, and more. Before going to Droga5 he worked on numerous projects for HBO, THINKFilm, and City Lights Media, and did live event producing, which allowed him to work with comedians from across the country including Louis CK, David Wain, Zach Galifinakis (a former member of the Pack), and many others.

Darius Dawson

Darius Dawson graduated with a Film Studies major in spring 2012. He is pursing an MFA in filmmaking at New York University's Singapore campus. He reports that, "being in an artistic environment and learning from industry professionals everyday is invaluable. The instructors throw you right into the mix here...Being in a different environment culturally has really stretched my creative abilities."

Johnny DeMarsico

Johnny interned with SportsNet New York just before graduating in 2009.  He is now an Associate Producer for SNY's broadcasts of the New York Mets. 

Jenn Dorn
Film Studies grad (2004) Jenn Dorn is working as Program Coordinator for Multimedia Studies and Digital Video Intensive at San Francisco State University's College of Extended Learning. Jenn is also a burgeoning Bay-area video producer and editor. She has worked with signed bands,The Dodos and Sleepy Sun, and her latest music video, for Birds Fled
From Me will premiere at the 2011 San Francisco IndieFest. Some of her freelance clients include The Bridge School, Stern Grove Festival, and Sourcebooks, Inc who contracted her zombified spoof of eHarmony commercials. Jenn was also Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for the feature documentary, Girls Rock! which opened in almost thirty cities in March 2008 including screenings at the Angelika Film Center in New York and the NuArt Theater in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit

Mary Ellis
Mary Ellis received a B.A. in Film Studies in 2007.  She is working as an administrative assistant for the Department of Planning at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Beth Everett
Beth Everett received an M.A. in 2006. She is currently teaching English at Fuquay-Varina High School in North Carolina.

Zach Finch

Zach earned his M.A. in 2010 and is currently a Ph.D. student and T.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently co-editing Directory of World Cinema: Scotland (Intellect, 2014) with Dr. Bob Nowlan.

Kevin Flanagan
Kevin received his M.A. in Film in 2009.  He is now a Ph.D student in the Critical and Cultural Studies program at University of Pittsburgh.  He is the editor of Ken Russell : Re-viewing England's Last Mannerist , (Scarecrow, 2009).

Nate Gelgud
Nathan Gelgud graduated with an B.A. in Film Studies in 2000. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and regularly contributes film reviews to the Independent Weekly. He also maintains the blog Nathan Gelgud's New York Film Review and makes art and comics that you can find at

Tyler Gillespie

Tyler graduated in May 2010. After a stint as a cinematographer and Production Assistant at Burning Oak Studios in Raleigh, NC, he moved on to become a Senior Editor and a graphic artist at Inertia Films in Atlanta.

Morrow Gordon

After interning for Skip Elsheimer at the "A/V Geeks" educational film archive during his senior year at NCSU and graduating with a Film Studies degree in 2009, Morrow moved to New York City where he is continuing his film education at Columbia University. He recently directed a short documentary on a student run coffee shop, "The Postcrypt" (2010), was a semi-finalist in the 8th annual "NYC Midnight Screenwriter's Challenge," and was Executive Producer for the Columbia Television Series, "Failed Flirtations" (2010). He is currently beginning a new internship with an award winning production/development agency, "The Chapter Media," located in NYC.

Robert Greene
After graduating in 2000, Robert Greene completed an M.F.A. at CCNY in 2002 and is currently post-production supervisor and documentary producer at 4th Row Films, a New York-based production company. Robert has directed, edited, and shot award-winning films that have been shown around the world. His award winning feature documentary, Owning the Weather, about humankind's attempts to modify the weather, premiered at the 2009 Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, NC, played at the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, and was released theatrically in the summer of 2010. Robert's second feature documentary, Kati with an I, was nominated for a Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You" after festival screenings at Doc NYC and the True/False Film Festival. The film played in theaters in April 2011. His third film, Fake it so Real, screened as a sneak preview at the 2011 True/False Film Festival before beginning its official festival run at the Sarasota Film Festival. This documentary about semi-pro wrestlers in Lincolnton, NC made Roger Ebert's top twelve docs of 2012 list. Robert has also produced and edited An Omar Broadway Film (Tribeca 2008), which premiered on HBO in July 2010; All In: The Poker Movie (Best Documentary, CineVegas 2009); and edited Making the Boys (Berlin and Silverdocs 2010), which had its theatrical premiere in March 2011 through First Run Features. He also co-edited the award- winning documentary Anytown, USA in 2005. Robert has recently produced and edited a documentary titled All In- The Poker Movie, which will be coming to theaters starting March 23rd with it's NYC theatrical premiere.

David Hambridge

David Hambridge graduated with a degree in Film Studies in fall 2009. He is a freelancer with ongoing contracts to produce television commercials and web-videos. David is also working as an editor on a documentary film called Chasing the Mad Lion, about a soccer league founded in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi Kenya that brings together players of different ethnic tribes to cut down on ethnic violence: He has worked on several documentary assignments for the UNC Kenan-Flagler business school, traveling both to India and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has been commissioned to direct his first documentary film on the issue of bullying in the public school system, which he will begin in fall 2011.

Dante Harper
Dante Harper is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. He recently was all over the film industry news because he sold a spec screenplay for $3 million! Dante directed and shot The Delicate Art of the Rifle (1996) at NCSU. After earning his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts at UC San Diego in 2005, Dante was invited to the prestigious Sundance Institute to work on Dreamland, his screenplay on the life of Timothy McVeigh.  He has also worked as a Production Manager, Producer, Editor, and Writer.

Jonathan Hawkins

Jonathan Hawkins graduated in December 2007 with a double major in Film Studies and Business IT. After working at Nortel Networks in RTP as part of their New Grad Leadership Program, Jonathan began an MA program in urban planning at Rutgers University in the fall of 2010. He has also worked at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and for New Jersey Transit.

Kerrie Hayes

Kerrie Hayes graduated May 2010 with a degree in film studies. She is currently employed as Member Service Specialist at the American Institute of CPA's, and continues to work on independent film projects.

Josh Hines

Josh Hines graduated in spring 2008 with a B.A. in Film Studies.  He is working as a Final Cut Pro editor for Corvey Creative in Carrboro, NC.

Terry Hobgood

Terry earned his M.A. in 2010 and recently completed his Library Science Masters from UNCG. He has started a new position as Cultural Arts Director in Benson, NC where he is running the Mary Duncan Public Library and the Benson Museum of Local History.

Colby Hoke

Colby Hoke received his BA in Film Studies in 2007. While he was a student he had an internship and, later, an assistant editor position at Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, where he did dubbing for television stations and organized company archives, and worked on specials for the Discovery Channel as well as commercials for Travelocity, BB&T, and Audi. After graduating he landed a job at Red Hat and has been there ever since. Originally on the Brand team, he has since moved on to be a Producer for Employment Branding + Media and now splits his time between writing about Red Hat, marketing the company as a top-choice of places to work around the world, and reinforcing the brand through video, motion graphics, and design. He also splits his free time with playing with his puppy, Wally, making music, and doing freelance work.

Neal Hutcheson
Neal Hutcheson is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker whose films have appeared on PBS and The Documentary Channel.  In 2005, Neal was a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, and three of his films were honored in a special showing in Berlin, Germany in 2006.  He received the Bill Arnold North Carolina Film Award from the Carolina Film and Video Festival in 2008 for The Outlaw Lewis Redmond, and an Emmy in 2009 for The Last One.

Chris Hutton
Chris Hutton graduated in 2006 with a double major in Film Studies and Art & Design (focused in New Media and Animation). He attended the screen and television writers' program at top-rated University of Southern California, where he graduated in December 2008 with a Masters Degree in Writing for Screen and Television and where he was awarded the Josh Schwartz Scholarship for original TV writing and nominated for the Humanitas Fellowship. He has worked as assistant editor on "Odyssey: Drive Around the World" for National Geographic and for the "Feeding Frenzy" series for the Discovery Channel. He was also a story producer for the Animal Planet series "Wild Recon" and "I'm Alive" as well as a producer on the Animal Planet special "Venom in Vegas." He is currently working as a digital media specialist at The Walt Disney Company.

Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson completed his MA in English with a concentration in Film in May 2004. He is a member of the English Department faculty at Wilson Technical Community College.

Katherine Justice
Katherine Justice graduated in 2007 with an English major and Film Studies minor. She's a film critic and writer for the Independent where she has been covering festivals, filmmakers in the Triangle, and major/independent releases. In the Spring of '09, she began working toward an MA in Liberal Arts at Duke University. 

Tim Kiernan

Tim Kiernan won the John Hope Franklin Fellowship awarded by Full Frame. Tim is a filmmaker and graphic designer working as a freelance video producer. 

Wes Latta

Wes Latta graduated with a B.A. in Film Studies in 2010. He completed his first feature film in 2011, The Shadow and the Flame, which went on to win "Best Film For Child Viewership" at New-Media Fest in Arizona. The film is currently being distributed by Ehrenkrook Entertainment. While planning future projects, Wes also engages in freelance video production such as creating signature wedding films, making promotional spots for companies, and doing various projects for churches.

Ian Lempert

Ian Lempert graduated with a double major in Marketing and Film Studies in 2011. He is currently the Online Marketing Manager for, but continues to be involved with video production projects. In addition to working as a PA on Scotty McCreery's music video "The Trouble With Girls," and on the documentary "The Internet Must Go," Ian has been the sound mixer and boom operator for a web series and several short films. He is currently editing one of those short films, "Catalyst," so that it can be entered in film festivals later this year.

Cory Livengood

Cory Livengood graduated with a double major in Film Studies and Communications in 2006. He did freelance video and design work for a few years and is now a Motion Graphics Designer/Video Editor at Centerline Digital in downtown Raleigh, whose clients include IBM, Google, Lowes, Progress Energy, and many more. Cory primarily does graphic animation for corporate client videos and interactive pieces.

Nancy McVittie

Nancy McVittie received her M.A. in English with a concentration in Film Studies from NCSU in 2008. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Russ Mick
Russ Mick received his A.S. in Film/Video from FULL SAIL and works as a videographer at K.R. Deyo Video in Tallahassee, FL. The company specializes in freelance work for national companies like CBS, ESPN, and Fox.

Dana Miller

Dana Miller graduated in May 2010 with BAs in Film Studies and Communication Media. Just after graduating, she accepted an intern position for EWTV in Knightdale, NC to produce, shoot, direct, and edit a 6-episode documentary series. She now works as a full-time editor for Broken Phonebooth Productions ( in Orlando, FL. She also works on-set as the DIT and makes the dailies for higher-scale productions. Dana is thrilled to have just edited her first trailer and is now cutting her first feature film, set for a 2012 release.

Kieran Moreira

Kieran Moriera graduated with a Film Studies degree in spring 2011. Kieran has a full time position at Drawbridge Media in Raleigh as an assistant editor for commercial and corporate clients. Before that Kieran freelanced as a PA and videographer on various productions, including corporate commercials for IBM, Hanes Bandini, and Food Lion. Kieran has also done part time work with MediaBrewer in Greensboro as a videographer shooting event and wedding videos, as well as for Trailblazer Studios and Red Truck Films. With fellow NCSU Film Studies alum Ian Lempert he produces video content such as How to Ride videos for GoTriangle.

Kali Navé

Kali Navé graduated in 2006 with a double major in Film Studies and Mediated Communication. She has worked in print, mobile, and online advertising since graduation. She moved to Boston in 2007 and is currently working for Viewable Media ( as an Advertising Operations Specialist, managing online viewer choice video advertising campaigns. She continues to write short stories and make short films with her friends in her free time and she sings in a band called Rocking Horse Rodeo (, who regularly perform in and around the Boston area.

Tori Olp

Tori Olp graduated in Spring of 2010 with a double major in Film Studies and Media Communication. She is currently working as an Internet Marketing Specialist at Atlantic BT, the Triangle's largest web development firm. She has also kept busy "assisting" in the launch of her fiancé's retail craft beer store, Tasty Beverage Company, which opened its doors in Downtown Raleigh this summer.

Nicole Opyr
Nicole Opyr graduated with a Film Studies degree in 2005. She is currently editing at 20th Century Fox (“That's the TV part, NOT the news,” she insists) in Los Angeles. She is editor of the smash hit web series, PRETTY THE SERIES, which was nominated for 9 Indie Intertube Awards in 2011. She worked as an assistant editor on The Man of Two Havanas, a documentary about Max Lesnik that premiered at Tribeca and has since been in festivals all over the world, winning first prize at the Havana Film Festival. She has also worked as an editor on Raven-Symone Presents, The Glee Project, and One Born Every Minute, as well as an assistant editor on one of the Discovery Channel Survivorman shows, Surviving Alaska, which aired in Fall 2008.

David Orr

David Orr is currently working as a production coordinator in the broadcast department of McKinney, an advertising agency in Durham, after graduating from NCSU in May 2010 with a B.A. in Film Studies. Prior to McKinney, David worked with local and national production companies as a freelance production coordinator and assistant in the Triangle on reality TV series ("Lizard Lick Towing", "Kate + 8), commercials (Carolina Hurricanes, Nationwide, Verizon, IBM), and still photo shoots.

Lauren Pilcher

Lauren earned her MA in spring 2013. She will be attending the PhD program in film studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville on a full fellowship and TAship.

Cassandra Pope

Cassandra graduated as an English Major with a Film Studies concentration in 2009. She is currently an Academic Advisor for the University of Maryland University College in Heidelberg, Germany. Her essay on Let the Right One In was published in the 3rd edition of Film: A Critical Introduction.

Tor Ramsey

After graduating from NCSU Tor Ramsey attended NYU film school, directing his first independent film, Urban Mythology (1997), followed by Children of the Living Dead (2001). In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tor has worked as a screenwriter and a television director (Talk Soup and Boy Meets World).

Will Reynolds
After graduating with a B.A. in film studies in 2009, Will moved to Los Angeles and has been doing PA work, set building, grip and electric, art department, and transportation work. He will be the art director for a short film that is shooting fall 2011 called Change of Plans.

Brian Santana
Brian Santana completed his M.A. in 2005 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. Brian was awarded two fellowships at GWU: a Horton Fellowship and a Smithsonian Institute fellowship.

Patrick Shanahan

After graduating in 2010, film studies major Patrick Shanahan formed a production company in Raleigh, Minds of the Independent Screen, whose mission is to use filmstock rather than digital formats. Patrick produced, wrote, directed, and edited a feature length film, The Carolinian, and a short film, Soleil, both on super 16mm using Arriflex film cameras. He is also involved with Ruby Red, an art studio and gallery in downtown Raleigh, where he teaches art and hosts shows on First Fridays.

Jeffrey Shroyer

Jeffrey Shroyer graduated in May 2007 with a Self-Design Interdisciplinary Studies B.A. and a minor in Film Studies.  He is currently attending graduate school at Cal Arts.

Heather Stevens

Heather Stevens graduated from NCSU in June 2010 with a B.A. in Film and a minor in Creative-Writing. She works as an independent freelancer and is currently working for Swiftwater Media on the documentary Free Greg Taylor .

Heather also has worked as a PA on numerous film and television projects, including "Forensics on Trial" (PBS-NOVA); @radical Media (Apple); MinusL Productions (Nationwide/UNC); "Battle Bots” (Discovery Channel); and "The Shunning” (Hallmark Channel). She has worked alongside NCSU Alum David Orr on truTV's, "All Worked Up", and the spinoff series "Lizard Lick Towing" (2011). Heather made the transition to the other side of the camera by appearing in Perception, an independent short film made by Adrenalin Group, based out of the Triangle. Her poetry has appeared in NCSU's Windhover (2011) and in the first edition of The Raleigh Review (Summer 2010).

Hobert Thompson

Hobert Tompson graduated in Spring of 2010. He is attending the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Working for AV Geeks of Raleigh, NC has given him an interest in the preservation of educational, industrial, and home movies.

David Torrance

After David Torrance graduated with a Film Studies B.A. in 2007, he decided to go back to school to get a second degree in Construction Management. Since then he has worked on multiple wing additions at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC and has recently moved to Wilmington, NC to work on a project for New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Brandon Tweed

Brandon Tweed completed his B.A. in Film Studies in 2006 and is the Video Production Manger and Graphic Designer with Barkley Court Reporters, a large legal firm in West Los Angeles, where he edits video packages for lawyers to show to a jury in trial. In 2007 he finished the feature film, The Quatrain. With fellow alumna, Nicoly Opyr, Brandon wrote a web series that they will be casting and shooting soon.

Brock Winstead
Brock Winstead graduated from NC State in 2004 with degrees in film and computer science and is pursuing an M.A. in City Planning at UC Berkeley.

Chandler Wood

Chandler has been working in the film industry for more than ten years.  He is currently working as a storyboard artist  on 47 Ronin, Carl Rinsch's first feature film starring Keanu Reeves.




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