Creative Writing

Lisa Bertini

MFA program assistant
Kenan 1202 | 910.962.3070 | bertinil@uncw.edu

Jill Gerard
Background

University of North Carolina Wilmington:
MA, Conflict Management & Resolution, 2014
MALS, Liberal Studies, 2007
BA, Spanish & Criminal Justice, 2000



Lisa Bertini directed and produced the documentary short film The Lost Colony* (2007 | 00:11:06). The film reveals the life of a family in Crusoe Island, a secluded community in the Green Swamp of North Carolina once known for its suspicion of outsiders and subsistence living along the Waccamaw River. Because of the centuries-old isolation of this community, the residents developed their own unique lifestyle and (nearly intelligible) dialect—a similar situation as one would find in the 'hollers' of mountainous regions of the eastern part of the United States.

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*This film was screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC in November 2007; was the opening night selection of the Trade&Row We, the People Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA in October 2008; and won Best Documentary Short at the Great Lakes Film Festival in Erie, PA in September 2009.