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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

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

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Arts and Culture | October 4, 2019

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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Campus News | April 15, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who've made news thus far in 2019.

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Arts and Culture | March 11, 2019

Founded in 2003, the hall honors people who have made significant contributions to the visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

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Arts and Culture | March 6, 2019

The 30-second spot is one of five finalists competing for the chance to screen in Regal Theaters nationwide.

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Arts and Culture | March 5, 2019

Lawmakers to hear from faculty, students on first-ever ‘Fine Arts Day.’

Film In The News

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.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 4, 2020

UNLV students sitting in Professor Brett Levner's classroom learn the ins and outs of building a film crew. Beyond the pen and paper, the students have big dreams of breaking into the film industry.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
January 6, 2020

If you go to see a movie at Regal Cinemas in the next month, you may see work from local students at UNLV. The university tweeted that their team of Fine Arts film students won the Coca Cola Regal Films ‘Social Media Campaign award’ during the 2019 contest.

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 6, 2020

If you’ve gone to the movie theater in the last month, you may have seen the work of UNLV Film students.

Recent Film Accomplishments

April 19, 2019
Toni Repetti (Hospitality), Philip Rushe (English), Dale Melgaard (Film), Tyler Maatallah (Urban Studies), and Ashamii Henderson (Psychology) served as panelists at the 2019 Office of Online Education's Lessons Learned Lunch last month. The panelists shared their experiences as online teachers and learners with faculty who will be developing and...
February 11, 2019
Marcus Civin (Art), Pete Reyes (Academic Resources), Clarence Gilyard (Film), and Nevada Conservatory Theatre (Theatre) all were recognized by Desert Companion/NPR in their "Best of the City 2019" issue in February. All were included in the Arts + Entertainment section. Civin was selected as "Best Figure in Local Culture," while Reyes was selected...
June 18, 2018
Patrick Moore and Matthew Shepard (both Film) received an Emmy Award from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their short documentary, Splashing the Streets. Moore and Shepard, who are undergraduates, won for writing in the student craft category. The documentary was produced in collaboration...
June 21, 2017
Daniel Gerrity (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction), Brett Levner (Film) and a group of students collaborated to create a short documentary about water conservation and reuse in Southern Nevada. Their project was funded by a grant from the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The...
June 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by...
January 31, 2017
Janelle M. Evans (Film) is the author of a paper, "Understanding the Other, Without 'Othering': An Exploration of the Unique Qualities and Properties of Science Fiction (SF) as the Best Means for Exploring and Improving Social Inequity," which has been accepted for publication by Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, an interdisciplinary...