The Digital Filmmaking Program at UCA hosts a number of filmmakers and industry professionals each year, from up and coming directors like Elizabeth Wood and Rebecca Thomas to established filmmakers like David Gordon Green and documentarian Albert Maysles to industry professionals like stuntwoman Monica Staggs. They conduct workshops with students, screen their latest films, and conduct Q&A sessions about their work.
Previous visitors include:
Elizabeth Wood is the writer and director of White Girl, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Rebecca Thomas is a writer and director best known for her film Electrick Children (2012).
Coleman and Harrison are film producers best known for their work on the Academy Award nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012).
Andrea Kalin and Mouaz Moustafa
Kalin and Moustafa are documentary filmmakers and political activists who worked on the documentary Red Lines (2014), about the 2011 Syrian crisis.
Putzel is an American journalist and documentary filmmaker known for his award winning documentary short Left Behind (2002), about the AIDS orphans in Kenya, as well as his correspondence work for Al Jazeera America, Vanguard, and Current TV.
Brothers Brent and Craig Renaud are both Arkansas based documentary filmmakers who have worked on projects for HBO and Vice News including Dope Sick Love (2005), Shelter (2015), and Peabody award winning documentary series Last Chance High (2014-2015). They also founded the Little Rock Film Festival in 2005.
Sara is a documentary filmmaker best known for her Academy Award nominated short Poster Girl (2011).
Evan is an independent filmmaker who has worked as a writer, director, and cinematographer on several films, including his critically acclaimed experimental film Bellflower (2011).
Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker who directed the Oscar nominated film The Weather Underground (2002), about the radical political activist group of the 1970s.
Spike Lee is a renowned award winning writer, director and documentary filmmaker with esteemed titles that include Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), and When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006).
Kenner is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker who has worked for National Geographic and PBS, but is best known for his political documentaries Food, Inc. (2008), and Merchants of Doubt (2014).
Brent Renaud is an Arkansas native and award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has taken him all over the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Mexico, and Egypt. Some of his films include Dope Sick Love (2005), Off to War (2005), Haiti Hospital (2010), and Shelter (2015).
Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble that performs live eclectic accompaniments and soundtracks to classic films of the silent era.
Ly Bolia is a cinematographer and camera operator who has many short film and feature credits to his resume.
Michael Moore is an Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker and political activist. Some of his more influential films include Bowling for Columbine (2002), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Sicko (2007), and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009).
James Neihouse is an Arkansas native, as well as an award winning veteran IMAX cinematographer. Neihouse is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
UCA alumnus (1999), Graham Gordy is the screenwriter behind War Eagle, Arkansas (2007), and co-writer of The Love Guru (2008). He was also a staff writer of the television series Rectify (2013-2015). In 2015, he became the executive producer of the television series Quarry (2015- ).
Bordwell is a renowned film theorist and historian. With his wife Kristen Thomson, he has authored over a dozen books and textbooks on cinema, cinema history, and film theory.