Accomplishments: Department of Film

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 teaching online courses for the first time in fall 2019. Video highlights of the panel discussion will be available to the UNLV teaching community...
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 as "Best New Sound." The Beast, which featured a lead performance by Gilyard, was recognized in the "Best Local Film Production" category. Nevada...
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 with Brett Levner (Film) and Daniel Gerrity (Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction) as part of a research project funded by the U.S...
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 project was integrated into Levner's course on documentary filmmaking (FIS 447). A cohort of film and engineering students worked closely with water...
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 the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV...
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 journal.
December 7, 2016
The UNLV film department hosted its annual 48-Hour filmmaking challenge Nov. 18-20. The event was open to the public and brought UNLV Film students, alumni and local filmmakers together in a race against the clock, forcing them to write, shoot and edit five-minute short films in just 48 hours. The teams drew from a collection of prompts — including "Character", "Genre", "Prop" and "Line of Dialogue" — and were tasked with incorporating them into their films. A special prize rewarded the team...
June 3, 2016
Brett Caroline Levner (Film) directed The Track, which is having its world premiere June 12 at the Dances with Films festival in Los Angeles.  The Track is an independent feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas. It stars Missy Yager (Mad Men), Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault in Our Stars), Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars, The Young and the Restless), and Clarence Gilyard (Die Hard, Walker, Texas Ranger) and introduces Mariah Kirstie. Levner is a graduate of Columbia...
April 19, 2016
Brett Caroline Levner (Film) won the 2015 Charles Vanda Award for Excellence in the Arts for her work on The Track, a feature film about underage sex trafficking in Las Vegas.  It stars Missy Yager (Mad Men), Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault in Our Stars), Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars, The Young and the Restless), Clarence Gilyard (Die Hard and Walker, Texas Ranger) and introduces Mariah Kirstie.
April 1, 2015
David Schmoeller (Film) is the 2015 recipient of the Charles Vanda Award for Excellence in the Arts from UNLV's College of Education. Additionally, he has received promotion to full professor, effective July 1, 2015. A feature film he wrote, produced, and directed, 2 Little Monsters, was licensed to the Lifetime Movie Network for three years. Its first airing, which occurred in February, drew very high ratings -- more than double the normal ratings for a Sunday evening screening.
July 1, 2014
Berenice Chavez (Film) won two Pacific Southwest Student Emmy Awards in June. The awards were presented during a ceremony in San Diego. Her film, North to Paradise,won in the category of long-form documentary, while her film, Passing the Torch,won in the craft of editing category. Both projects were created in UNLV's film program. She has been accepted to the American Film Institute as an editing fellow and will begin attending there this fall. The Pacific Southwest region includes the...
June 1, 2014
Berenice Chavez (Film) was nominated for three Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards in the student category for her short documentaries, Passing the Torch and North to Paradise, which were made in the Documentary Techniques class at UNLV. Two nominations are for producing and one is for editing. She will be attending the awards ceremony this month in San Diego. This fall she will study editing at the American Film Institute.