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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

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Arts and Culture |

For Sphere’s first design contest, celebrating the 4th of July, two winners from Art, Architecture, Film, Engineering, and Mathematics will have their designs showcased on the Exosphere.

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Arts and Culture |

The series, 'Arts in the Center,' will run Feb. 28 to June 5 at Historic Commercial Center and will highlight works from CFA schools and departments.

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Arts and Culture |

The event, which will be held at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, honors those who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

The UNLV Football team celebrates after a Homecoming win. (Lucas Peltier/UNLV Athletics)
Campus News |

Spirited competitions. Nail-biting wins. Time-honored traditions. A homecoming week to remember.

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Arts and Culture |

Co-presented by philanthropist Susan N. Houston, the College of Fine Arts hosts the free annual Art Walk to honor the Las Vegas community for its dedicated support of the arts and culture in Southern Nevada.

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News highlights featuring UNLV faculty and students who made local and national headlines.

Film In The News

Desert Companion

Director L. Frances Henderson’s documentary This Much We Know (available now on VOD platforms) explores the topics of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and the suicide rate in Las Vegas, filtered through Henderson’s own personal perspective. It’s an often-impressionistic essay film, spending time with the family of Levi Presley, the 16-year-old who jumped to his death from the Stratosphere Tower in 2002, as well as with various experts on both Yucca Mountain and suicide. Henderson frames the movie as a way to process her own friend’s Las Vegas suicide, although the tone is more open-ended than definitive. Henderson spoke with Desert Companion about the process of making a film on such difficult subjects.


Las Vegas-based film industry professionals are looking forward to a blockbuster idea that may be coming to our valley in the future. On Wednesday, the Clark County Zoning Commission unanimously gave the green light to proceed with Summerlin Studios. It's a $1.8 billion project by Sony Pictures and Howard Hughes.

The Clark County Zoning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve multiple variances that set the stage for the development of Summerlin Production Studios. The first serious proposal to build a movie studio in Las Vegas is nowhere near “action” yet, but it has just passed “lights” and is well on its way to “camera.”

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

The Clark County Zoning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday morning to support plans for a motion picture studio to be built on 30 acres in Summerlin South bringing the project closer to reality.

Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas community members will have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed on the Exosphere — the viral outer shell of the Sphere that has gained worldwide attention over the last year for its repertoire of designs, including advertisements for movies, grinning emojis, giant basketballs and more.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Local students will get their chance to see art they create displayed on the Sphere later this year. Sphere Entertainment Co. on Thursday announced the start of the first-of-its-kind Sphere XO Student Design Challenge. More than 100,000 Clark County School District and UNLV students will be invited to submit their work for the contest, which will begin this month. The winners will get their work displayed on the venue’s exosphere, and the company will donate $10,000 to their school’s art program.

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Recent Film Accomplishments

Adam Paul (Film) published a paper and standalone podcast episode titled, "The Voice Actor and Their Double: Working as a voice actor and teaching voice acting in the age of AI voice cloning," in Volume 1, Issue 1 of Tradition-Innovations in Arts, Design, and Media Higher Education, a new peer-reviewed open access eJournal investigating artificial…
Warren D. Cobb has been named the associate dean of the UNLV College of Fine Arts, where he is responsible for leading community partnerships, initiatives, and projects. Prior to this role, he served as the associate chair and director of Production Operations in the department of film. Warren's expertise in the art, business, and logistics of the…
Professor Diana Eden (Film), who teaches costume design, will be speaking at the Clark County Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 as part of its Las Vegas Stories series.  Eden first came through Las Vegas by train in 1961, stopping in the downtown station for a brief 30 minutes, time in which the just turned 21 years old, and was able to…
Tradition-Innovations in Art, Design, and Media Education Panel Kimberly G. James (Music), Kymberly Mellen (Theatre), Phillip Zawarus (Architecture), Olga Townsend (UNLV Art Alumna), Adam Paul (Film), Julian Kilker (JMS), Timothy Jones (Music), Morgan Iommi (NSC), Alethea Inns (OIT), and Yvonne Houy (College of Fine Arts) presented on "tradition…
UNLV College of Fine Arts Dean Nancy J. Uscher has begun her term as president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). ICFAD is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of deans and associate deans, provosts and associate provosts, university presidents and other arts…
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education…