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Department of Film News

The department of film offers students the exciting opportunity to study film in the heart of Las Vegas, “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” Our efforts contribute to UNLV’s status as a premier metropolitan research university by adapting traditional film education values to meet the needs of individuals, communities, and industries in the 21st century.

Current Film News

Arts and Culture | January 12, 2021

This year, the university honors both 2020 and 2021 recipients - and the line-up of Las Vergas luminaries couldn't be brighter!

Arts and Culture | October 21, 2020

As winner of this prestigious, highly competitive award, Gresham receives $20,000.

Arts and Culture | October 19, 2020

The live Zoom chat with Huertas, who plays Miguel Rivas on the hit NBC series, is open to the UNLV community.

Arts and Culture | September 29, 2020

The award-winning actor, who has starred in such films as Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, The Hateful Eight, and many others, will do a live Zoom chat open to all UNLV students.

Arts and Culture | September 21, 2020

The winner of this prestigious, highly competitive award receives $20,000 and will be revealed in January.

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People | July 20, 2020

The director-writer-actor, known for his "Naked Guy" role on TV, takes a queue from Orson Welles to launch podcast series with UNLV students.

Film In The News

USAC
November 3, 2020

Film festivals, each unique from the next, are events held across the world to showcase, judge, and analyze movies. Film festivals are a customizable experience that is great for movie lovers and those just looking for something to do. On the surface, there is the daunting task of choosing one of the many movies, varying times, and often multiple theaters, but what often isn’t thought about is how to make the experience better and more memorable no matter what film festival or even movie you’re going to. Having seen my fair share of movies during my study abroad in San Sebastián, Spain are my top three tips to getting the most out of your next film festival.

National Endowment for the Humanities
April 10, 2020

UNLV’s University Libraries and department of film received a $271,580 National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Award for their project, “Inventing Hollywood: Preserving and Providing Access to the Papers of Renegade Genius Howard Hughes.” Project co-leaders Heather Addison, chair of the UNLV department of film, and Cyndi Shein, head of special collections’ technical services at UNLV Libraries, reflect on the importance of preserving the collection.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 9, 2020

Long before he was an aviation magnate, a casino owner or a world-famous recluse, Howard Hughes was a fixture in Hollywood.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 10, 2020

From famous films like "Casino" and "The Hangover" taking place in Las Vegas, to notable film programs at UNLV, CSN and Nevada State College, it's no doubt this city has a strong connection to the film world.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 6, 2020

Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2015, the Academy set a goal of doubling the number of diverse members by 2020 to avoid another backlash.

Yahoo!
February 4, 2020

Aspiring filmmakers study film at UNLV.

Recent Film Accomplishments

November 30, 2020
Stefani Relles (Educational Psychology and Higher Education) and Charles Burmeister (Film) are involved in a documentary film project, "Mattering in the Margins: Skateboarders’ Stories of Mental Health Challenges and Opportunities." The project will involve producing a documentary using cinematic methods that were developed at UNLV with funding...
November 3, 2020
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones (both Music), Louis McDonald (Art History), Olga Townsend (BFA student), Francisco Menendez (Film), Adam Paul (Theatre), Joshua Vermillion (Architecture), Phil Zawarus (Landscape Architecture), Sean Slattery, Michael Fong (both Art), Gil Kaupp (Music Technology), Julian Kilker (Journalism & Media Studies), and...
October 6, 2020
Francisco Menendez (Film) recently won the CILECT Teaching Award for 2020. The inauguration will be held online at the organization's general assembly Nov. 13. The non-profit association known as the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT) was formed at Cannes in May 1955, with the participation of...
August 4, 2020
Diana Eden (Film) is the author of the book Stars in Their Underwear: My Unpredictable Journey from Broadway Dancer to Costume Designer for Some of Hollywood's Biggest Stars. It chronicles her life as a costume designer for Las Vegas shows and Hollywood TV and films. Su Kim Chung of UNLV Libraries' Special Collections & Archives, facilitated...
May 4, 2020
Brett Levner (Film) received the 2020 CSUN Faculty Achievement Award for the College of Fine Arts. The award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events.
March 11, 2020
The CSUN Faculty Achievement Award recognizes faculty members for outstanding dedication to students through advising, classroom instruction, mentorship, or special events. Those receiving the award in 2020 are: William Ramsey, College of Liberal Arts, department of philosophy Caitlin Saladino, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Lincy Institute...