Julie Mowrey, chosen as the department’s Senior Prize Winner, was also awarded the overall College of Fine Arts Senior Prize, the McRae Award. Well done, Julie!
From Julie’s application: “During my time as an undergraduate at UNM, I have created relationships that have helped me become more involved with the community through art. My artwork is focused on sharing the stories of real people that starts a conversation regarding social issues. Currently, I am working with two non-profit organizations in hopes to jumpstart community engagement that relate to real world social issues. The first organization, Street Safe, is an organization here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The organization works with women who sell sex on the street. The goal of this project is to strike a conversation within the community and to shift the current stigma of women who sell sex. … This spring semester, I also began working with Ryan Crawford, an intern at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. While working there, he started working on his non-profit, #ArtsNotViolence. #ArtsNotViolence is focused on helping people who are normally unable to explore the realm of artistic expression. Their overall goal is to reduce the rates of incarceration, and to also help people who are currently in prison help express themselves through art rather than through violence. … For two years, I have been engaged with the youth community of Albuquerque by teaching film related workshops to the senior classes at Amy Biehl high school. Every year the senior class has a final project in which they are to engage with their community and create change. …  Everything I have been involved with outside of class is a result of the relationships I have made during my time at UNM. Through the shared language of art, I have discovered my voice and I have dedicated myself to working with social issues to help create change within the community I live in. … As I head out of my final semester of undergraduate school at UNM, I am excited to use every bit of experience as an advantage to the many people who are competing in the industry of filmmaking. I expect to succeed in my future career path, no matter the difficult path ahead of me. During my four years, I have focused in documentary and cultural studies where I have dedicated much of my time learning about the world around me. Through these studies I have discovered my drive as well as the passion that I will continue to have with the people I work with and the stories that they share with me.”
 
Kel Cruz was awarded the Michael Costello Memorial Award for Service.
Kel Cruz came from the Bay Area to attend the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2013. It was here that Cruz fell in love with filmmaking and the community of artists at UNM. In the Summer of 2014, with the goal to give student filmmakers a platform to show their work and to raise the standard of creative competitiveness and collaboration between student filmmakers on campus, Cruz led the re-branding of the University film festival and co-founded the Cherry Reel Film Festival in 2015 with the help of the Southwest Film Center. For the past three years, The Cherry Reel Film Festival has awarded the winner of each annual festival with a camera, courtesy of Canon USA, to help students pursue their filmmaking goals. Cruz was the festival chair in 2015 and 2016. In the Spring of 2016, Cruz created an immersive projection installation for Arts Unexpected and the following year for Arts Unexpected Cruz organized UNM’s first ever drive-in movie event showcasing the best films from the 2015 and 2016 Cherry Reel Film Festival. In 2017, Cruz was a member of the ASUNM Joint-Council representing the College of Fine Arts and was a member of the UNM Diversity Committee. Cruz plans to use his experience at UNM to bring artists together in the next phase of his creative journey. As a parting message Cruz would like to share these words with his fellow students, faculty, and professors in the College of Fine Arts, “You’ve inspired me more than you could possibly imagine. Thank you to each and every one of you.”
 
Caine Deegan received the Gus Blaisdell Memorial Prize in Critical and Creative Writing.
While studying film history, theory, and criticism as a Cinematic Arts student, Caine has been recognized by our faculty for outstanding critical work. Starting off as an amateur filmmaker in high school, Caine Deegan found a passion for Sound Mixing and Editing during his studies at The University of New Mexico. Caine helped with the production of several different IFDM 310 and Capstone projects as a location sound mixer, ADR mixer, foley artist, and a post-production sound editor (Vanish 2017, Bingo 2018, Child of God 2018, Carry On 2018, Unknown Outlaw 2018). Outside of studying, Caine works full time as a Video Producer at UNM Athletics under the LoboTV department. In his free time, he works as an independent production sound mixer for several different clientele locally in New Mexico. Caine plans to pursue a career in Production Sound Mixing and Post-Production Sound Editing outside of New Mexico.
Zap Screening with Deborah Fort

Zap Screening with Deborah Fort

Zap, a documentary film by Deborah Fort, explores the lifelong artistic passion and boundless curiosity of Ruth Zaporah, founder, performer and teacher of Action Theater.

Inmates find solace in writing program

Inmates find solace in writing program

Cinematic Art's IFDM Program Manager, Diahndra Grill, featured alongside collaborating artists who are incarcerated. Her work is through the non-profit JustWrite, co-founded by Carlos Contreras and Diahndra....

Making movie magic, like a girl

Making movie magic, like a girl

UNM alum Carol Payne champions women in visual effects By Elizabeth Dwyer August 14, 2018 Children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman once intoned that when it comes to representation and inspiring young people, “you can’t be what you can’t see.”...

Peter Lisignoli wins UNM Lecturer of the Year

Peter Lisignoli wins UNM Lecturer of the Year

Cinematic Arts faculty Peter Lisignoli is one of three lecturers at UNM who received the Lecture of the Year award.  A special Awards Ceremony was held on May 3rd in the UNM SUB. All students must be admitted to the University,...

Basement Films awarded another NEA grant

Basement Films awarded another NEA grant

Congratulations to Basement Films! Basement Films was awarded a grant from the NEA to support a month-long visiting artist residency to experiment with traditional film formats. In this pilot program, one resident artist will be selected from a national...

ABQ Journal Staffer and IFDM Faculty Takes Top Honor

ABQ Journal Staffer and IFDM Faculty Takes Top Honor

ABQ Journal staffers take top honors in two journalism contests By Journal Staff Report Sunday, May 13th, 2018 at 12:02am ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Journal staffers were honored with six first-place awards and 10 second- and third-place finishes in...

IFDM Capstone

IFDM Capstone

Over the past year, UNM's IFDM (Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media) Cohort 8 seniors have been hard at work on their senior capstone projects. Come celebrate the fruits of their effort! 8 Projects including – 6 short films, one video game, and one...

NM Filmmaker’s Showcase

NM Filmmaker’s Showcase

Congratulations to the winners of the New Mexico Filmmaker's Showcase! May 19, 5pm - 9:30pm Networking Event and Awards Ceremony, National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102). The winning films will be screened in November at...

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