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“Brushstrokes” Featured at Cucalorus Film Festival; Students attend Dance-a-lorus

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Brushstrokes,” a documentary about the “Forest of DREAMS” mural created by WCE professor Janna Robertson and hundreds of volunteers in downtown Wilmington, was featured at the 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival.

The documentary was featured in a UNCW home page story on Oct. 13.

“Brushstrokes” Paints Picture of Community’s Transformation

A UNC Wilmington student film documenting a community’s transformation through art has been selected for the 23rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival.

Brushstrokes” follows Janna Robertson, a professor in the Watson College of Education, and hundreds of volunteers as they create a 240-foot mural in a neglected section of Wilmington known as Northside. The documentary was directed by film studies student Jillian Carney '17 and funded by the Building a Better Wilmington Campaign, a program housed in the Department of Public and International Affairs at UNCW. The campaign’s goal is to increase the visibility, effectiveness and sustainability of nonprofit organizations in southeastern North Carolina.

“It's not every day that an assigned project becomes your passion,” Carney said. “Dr. Jeffrey Brudney and Rachel Fox, my producers, came to me with this idea. After spending one day at the mural, I was hooked and wanted to do everything I could to properly showcase this community effort.”

Read the full story here.

WCE Higher Ed Students Attend Dance-a-lorus

James DeVita, assistant professor of higher education at the Watson College, received a Watson Cultural Event grant award this fall. The grant enabled DeVita and students enrolled in EDN 558, Social Justice in Education, to attend Dance-a-lorus, a film and dance performance held on the first evening of the Cucalorus film festival.

Each year, students enrolled in DeVita’s EDL 558 course work collaboratively with undergraduates enrolled in WCE’s Elementary Education program and dancers from Hoggard High School to represent themes from engagement in a semester-long social justice project through the development of an integrated film and dance performance modeled on Dance-a-lorus. The arts integration project was featured in a Watson Chronicle story in June 2017.