Our Past + Future Teachers

Award winning Filmmaker, Katie Damien

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Saturday, March 3rd Workshop on Directing, Camera work and Preproduction. This photo is from Cannes Film Festival where Katie Damien’s film, created as part of the 48 Hour Film Contest, was shown. She’s a dynamic director and creator of original content will be taking a break from her extremely busy production schedule this spring to spend a day with us.


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Documentary Filmmaker and founder of The Documentary Life, Chris G. Parkhurst



Chris G. Parkhurst, founder of the podcast and the community known as The Documentary Life is a dynamic speaker and experienced documentary filmmaker who brings heart and soul to his work and helps fellow filmmakers do the same.

Composer for Film, Cristinia “Trinity” Velez-Justo


Join us for two exciting offerings by music composer Trinity Velez-Justo, direct from Los Angeles. She will be teaching a Brief History of Music in Film on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm and Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm on How to work with a Music Composer.

Upon graduating from UNC School of the Arts with an M.F.A in Film Music Composition where she studied under (among others) Chris Heckman (Red Dead Redemption, Shifting Gears) and Rod Abernethy (Dead Space, The Hobbit: the Video Game, Rage, Totem), Trinity received the Music Internship with the Television Academy Foundation (the Emmy’s), where she worked with well-established television and film composers Michael Levine (the Kit-Kat jingle, Cold Case, Resident Evil 7, Freeform’s Siren), Jeff Russo (Star Trek: Discovery, TV’s Fargo, Legion, The Night Of) and Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas, Berlin Station). She currently works as an assistant for Craig Richey (Girl on a Bicycle, Hulu’s Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie premiering this Spring, Uncanny, You Can Choose Your Family) and Anton Sanko (The Possession, Ouija, Jessabelle, the Rabbit Hole). She worked as a copyist for You Can Choose Your Family, as an additional orchestrator for Hulu’s Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, premiering at Tribeca Film Festival, and has scored multiple festival-nominated short films, including festival-winning Splash!, a 3D Animation. She recently moved back from Los Angeles to Charlotte to grow her business, ReelScoring, which provides original music for film, video games, television and multimedia.

Filmmaker Keema Mingo

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Join us for a class taught by Keema Mingo. If you keep up with the local indie filmmaking scene in the Charlotte area, then you know who Keema Mingo is a prolific and talented producer-writer-director who is always working.





Andy Heck


Yes, filmmaking makes an excellent team sport but there are those times when you find  yourself working on every aspect. Check him out at http://www.andyheckfilms.com


Matthew Hanis

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Wednesday, March 14th, join us for Matthew Matthew Hanis for a night focused on the Art of the Interview (for the Camera) which covers preparing and conducting a great interview. These skills are useful when the filmmaker who is making behind the scenes footage, creating a documentary and getting to know possible partners to work with.




Filmmaker Cesar Rodriguez

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An extremely prolific filmmaker, Cesar will be showing excerpts of some of his films and walking us through various choices made in editing and cinematography. In addition, he will talk about various aspects of post production. He’s got a huge reputation in Latin America and The Charlotte Unconventional Film School is so lucky to have him on board. He was an earlier supporter of us and we are look forward to the opportunity to learn from one of the greats!