Current Students

Danny Boling
Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas

D. D. graduated in 2008 from Arkansas State University and again from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with degrees in Communication Studies and Financial Management and Investments, respectively. He has interned at an Emmy Award winning news station, operated camera at NCAA basketball games, and served as a contractor for an Arkansas sports television station. In the future, D. D. hopes to combine his passion for film and music into a cohesive career.

Danny Bradfield
Hometown: Blytheville, Arkansas

Danny graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Digital Filmmaking. While there he was involved in the production of many student films doing a wide variety of positions including cinematographer, gaffer, and director to name a few. He was also a member of the film department’s first honor’s fraternity, Psi Delta Kappa. After graduation, he was accepted into UCA’s Digital Filmmaking MFA program. After Danny receives his MFA he plans to go to New Orleans and go to work in the industry, but also would not mind being a professor at the collegiate level later on in his life.

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Kimberly Mae Davis
Hometown: Greenwood, Arkansas

A graduate of John Brown University in Northwest Arkansas, Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is first and foremost a lover of stories. She also enjoys writing and creating images. As such, she aspires to become a screenwriter and tell stories in a way that does them justice. At UCA, she hopes to improve her visual storytelling skills by focusing on writing and cinematography.  Other interests include traveling, learning photography, reading, and, of course, watching movies. 

_MG_6772Prentice Dupins
Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas

Prentice graduated in 1982 from Arkansas State University and again from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003 with degrees in Biological Sciences and Educational Administration. He is a recent retiree from public education where he taught chemistry, physics, drama, stagecraft, and served as an EAST facilitator. He began work in film after years of writing, producing, and directing several productions for the high school theater stage. A highlight of that time for him occurred when the Thespian troupe at Sylvan Hills High School presented a production of August Wilson’s Fences at the 2010 International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

After completing the Act One screenwriting program in Hollywood, he began work on short films in the Central Arkansas area. Prentice’s goal is to bring all the pieces of his experience and training together through his work in the MFA program to continue his journey in crafting and producing visual stories of quality, excellence, and inspiration wherever that journey should take him.

Michael FerraraMike
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Michael is a filmmaker based out of Little Rock, AR. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas Digital Film program in 2013 with aspirations of becoming a director and cinematographer. Since then, he has been very active within the film community of Arkansas, including volunteering with local festival and producing low-budget independent shorts with his friends and peers. Michael aspires to write, direct and produce his own independent features ranging in genre and style.

_MG_6775Kameron Lunon
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Kameron has been interested in the entertainment industry since childhood. He grew up acting in Middle and High School plays, as well as performing at the Arkansas Arts Center. Writing came along in High School with the opportunity to write and direct one act plays. He went on to graduate from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in Writing with a Minor in Digital Filmmaking. While there he wrote, directed, and produced a One Act Festival titled, “Don’t Overdose on The Cool” for a Registered Student Organization, as well as produced short films. He took his first job at the University as an Editor for UCA Channel 6. This allowed him the opportunity to work on programs such as UCA’s sports television show, The Scoreboard. Kameron is most passionate about the writing, directing, and editing of films. He’s done so for multiple short films, some of his work going on to screen at multiple film festivals, including the San Antonio Indi Film Slam. After graduating with his Masters in Digital Filmmaking, Kameron aspires to write and direct his own films while spreading his knowledge of filmmaking to students as a University Instructor.

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Jakayla Smith
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Jakayla has been writing as far back as middle school. She started with writing novels, but found her writing to be too lively to be reduced to just words. She decided to make her words come to life by pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication at Grambling State University in 2013. She aspires to become a world renowned writer for both television and film. After attaining her MFA in Digital Filmmaking, Jakayla plans to starts and arts-centered summer camp in Texas. Through this program she hopes to teach her child, as well as other children that they can do anything in this worked with determination and a good education.

ShayMichael Shay Stout
Hometown: Shannon Hills, Arkansas

Shay graduated in 2015 from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Sociology. With an interest in expanding and refining his skills as a writer, he decided to join the Digital Filmmaking graduate program. By the time he graduates, Shay plans to finish two feature length screenplays and a pilot episode for a television series. Shay also aspires to become a university professor.

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Behnoush Tavakal
Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Behnoush studied cinema at the University of Art in Tehran, where she was born and raised. She is a writer and director with several short scripts and two feature length scripts with dramatic social themes, as well as a few  internationally renowned short films. She has worked as a script consultant and assistant director for three prominent Iranian filmmakers. She enjoys mountain climbing, dancing, reading, drawing caricatures, and of course watching movies.

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Mark Thiedeman
Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

After studying film and television at New York University, Mark returned to Little Rock to make his first feature length film, Last Summer, a quiet art film about two boys in love, now available on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, et. al. That film led to the production of his next film Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls (winner of Best Film in Arkansas, Little Rock Film Festival 2014), which he plans to expand into a feature. Having always had a love for teaching, Mark looks forward to working with students at the university level while continuing to write and direct his own films.

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Donavon Thompson
Hometown: Batesville, Arkansas

Donavan’s love of film started at a young age when his father used to put him on his lap to watch Terminator 2, much to the detest of neighbors sensitive to loud sounds. Donavon earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Central Arkansas in May of 2016. He is the sitting president of Psi Delta Kappa, the university’s honors film society. Donavon also has administrative experience in film festival organization and production working with organizations like the Conway Film Festival, the Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival. He also helped found the Festival of Misfit Films in December 2015. In his spare time Donavon writes and illustrates comics for the weekly school newspaper, The Echo. In terms of filmmaking, his passions include writing, directing and cinematography. Always a presence with fellow students, he is credited with working on over forty student films.

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Daniel Wingfield
Hometown: North Little Rock, Arkansas

Daniel is a writer, director, cinematographer and editor living in North Little Rock, AR. Graduating from UCA in 2013 with a major in Communications and minor in Digital Film Making, Daniel has done a variety of video production, editing, and VFX jobs for ministries, commercial companies, and independent projects in and around central Arkansas. Daniel loves storytelling; it’s what brought about his initial interest in film making. His dream is to write, direct, or edit the next great film or episodic epic (preferably Star Wars Episode 20). Currently working as a high school teacher in North Little Rock, Daniel plans on teaching film making at the university level upon graduation from the program. He is the happy husband of Katherine, and proud father of Rhys.