Gold Reel Film Festival: X Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Student Film Festival, As Part Of Film Studies Offerings

Gold Reel Film Festival: X marks the tenth anniversary of the UNC Charlotte student film festival on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m., celebrating student films at the fabulous Independent Picture House, 4237 Raleigh Street, Charlotte. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this free event.

Students in Rodney Stringfellow’s “Film Festivals: Production & Theory” class in the Film Studies program, part of Interdisciplinary Studies, have organized the festival to showcase films created by over two dozen student filmmakers. Learn more and check out the film posters on the festival’s instagram:

Stringfellow is a UNC Charlotte faculty member and professional screenwriter and independent filmmaker who has written on children’s series for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, PBS Kids and Sesame Workshop. He has been honored with two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing/Animation and Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series.

The Film Studies Program, housed in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, is an interdisciplinary program with courses in the departments and programs of Africana Studies, American Studies, Art, Communication Studies, English, History, Languages and Culture Studies, Political Science and Public Administration, Religious Studies, Theatre, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

The Film Studies Program includes the Film Studies Minor and an Undergraduate Certificate in Video Production, both of which are designed to provide students meaningful entry points which enhance their primary degrees and launch their professional advancement through the use of film as an art form, conduit of popular culture, community-building tool and agent of change.

The program is led by a dynamic and award-winning faculty which includes professional filmmakers, artists, festival organizers, historians, and multimedia creators. Film Studies graduates have gone on to launch and support production companies, marketing firms and film festivals, and to pursue secondary degrees in film, become educators, win Emmys and work with non-profit organizations in the arts sector.