Thesis Screening

Thesis Screening


Ron Lechler’s thesis film “The Best Medicine” will have its public debut


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Filmmaking

Filmmaking


State of the art, hands on experience


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Documentary

Documentary


Graduate students and faculty collaborating in North Texas


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The Department of Media Arts' initial deadline for application for the Fall 2015 semester is January 15, 2015. We will begin reviewing applications after this date. We will continue to accept applications throughout the Spring semester for Fall enrollment. However, we strongly recommend you submit all application materials in January for the best chance to be considered for UNT scholarships and other assistance.

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Latest Blogs

The Changing Landscape of Filmmaking
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The Changing Landscape of Filmmaking

by Johnathan Paul As Bob Dylan said so many years ago, “Times They Are a Change'n” and these changes specifically affect filmmakers. Being able to write for one of the more prominent online indu...
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The Story is Never Really Over
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The Story is Never Really Over

by Garrett Graham During the course of this three year program in documentary studies offered by the UNT Department of Media Arts I will have to produce three original documentaries and participate...
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Documentary Ethics and Bigfoot Believers
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Documentary Ethics and Bigfoot Believers

by David Goodman My second year documentary at the UNT Media Arts Department is about Bigfoot conferences in East Texas and Arkansas, where experts and enthusiasts gather to share research, st...
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Being an Academic Comedian
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Being an Academic Comedian

by Ron Lechler I’m a comedian. It’s not a job or a hobby. It’s my identity. It’s part of who I am. That’s what graduate school has really done for me. At the risk of sounding new-agey, it’s ...
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Marching Home with the GSU Tigers
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Marching Home with the GSU Tigers

by Tuarean Hodge College Marching Band continues to be a home away from home for many band students entering college. In some instances, students even consider the band to be a part of their family...
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A Day of Shooting
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A Day of Shooting

by Andy Galloway All the boy wanted to do was play.  His face bore a wide grin as he ran toward the playground. His father watched his boy run off, though his pliant eyes were filled with anxiety. ...
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A Little Bit of CYA to Help You TCB
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A Little Bit of CYA to Help You TCB

by Mark Dobson I used to not worry about backing up my work, because nothing bad ever happened to my projects. I never lost any data as an undergrad or as a student producer at NTTV.  When I gradua...
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Documenting China’s Rural Libraries
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Documenting China’s Rural Libraries

by Xiao Cui Liren Rural Library, also known in English as The China Rural Library Project, was a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 that devoted itself to providing children in underpriv...
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Filming Mineola
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Filming Mineola

by Lauren Cater The thesis film is where all the knowledge built in the previous years of study comes together. In the last few years, I have been finding my own sense of self and style in filmmaki...
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A Life-Altering Experience
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A Life-Altering Experience

by Robert Bowen As I'm working through my next documentary, Life-Altering, I can’t help but think of the challenges, experiences, stories and most importantly, the hope I have that the relationship...
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About
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About

View UNT MFA Docs around the World 2012-2013 in a larger map. More from Around the World. Welcome to our program where Master of Fine Arts graduate students studying Documentary Film Production a...
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Blockadia Rising: Earth First! Newswire Interview
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Blockadia Rising: Earth First! Newswire Interview

This Interview was originally published by Earth First! Newswire on October 23rd, 2013. In February of this year, radical documentarian Garrett Graham released an excellent hour-long video about th...
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Impressions: Estevan Medrano
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Impressions: Estevan Medrano

My parents are the major influence of my life. Without their support through my decisions, achievements and failures, I would not be where I am or on the path I’m on. Speaking of the right path… ...
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5 Lessons Learned in 48 Hours
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5 Lessons Learned in 48 Hours

By Hannah Beavers The production for my second year film, Two Four Hell, just wrapped. I must say it was the most difficult, exhausting, and rewarding film experiences I've had so far. Two Four Hel...
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Youth Filmmaking in Fort Worth
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Youth Filmmaking in Fort Worth

By: Travis Barnes This year three of our students began working with Lone Star Film Society. They have developed and implemented pilot documentary film workshops for two small groups of students with...
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Perspectives on Working, Teaching, and Studying.
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Perspectives on Working, Teaching, and Studying.

By Andy Galloway Living in two worlds is never easy.  As a History Professor with the Colin County Community College District and a Master of Fine Arts documentary film student, I am all too famili...
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Heart of Mexico, A Documentary Experience
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Heart of Mexico, A Documentary Experience

By Sharie Vance. Experiencing a study abroad program before I graduate has been a long-term goal of mine.  I’m on track to graduate in May 2014. If I wanted to meet my goal, this past summer was my...
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tomhave
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tomhave

With Dr. Taso Lagos, and Dr. Ted Coopman. Dr. Tomhave has recently published an article in New Media and Society titled “Parallel poleis”: Towards a theoretical framework of the modern public sphere, ...
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Impressions: Mark Dobson
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Impressions: Mark Dobson

Have you ever heard of the people that take a semester or two off from college to find themselves? I'm one of those people. I went from my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX to school at UT Austin in the ...
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Perseverance: When Things Go Wrong Before Production
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Perseverance: When Things Go Wrong Before Production

The first book I ever purchased for graduate school offered the following advice: “It seems that 95% of documentary preproduction is pleading with someone to be a subject in the documentary”(Hewitt, 1...
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Why Cinema?
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Why Cinema?

by Travis Barnes Why do I do it? Why cinema? The need to exchange ideas is as great as it has ever been. As a filmmaker, one can meet that need. Combining light and sound, one tells a story. Histor...
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Personalizing the Documentary
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Personalizing the Documentary

By Joe Brown When most people think of documentary they think of PBS, National Geographic, and the BBC. If, by chance, the layman decides (in a fit of insanity) that they are “going to make a docum...
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Thesis Reflection: The Cloud
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Thesis Reflection: The Cloud

By Tingting Li This year is my last year in the UNT-MFA program. During the three years of school life, I changed my thesis topic several times. From the beginning, when Professor Ben Levin ask...
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Social Media Campaign for Arab Film Festival Texas
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Social Media Campaign for Arab Film Festival Texas

By Hanny Lee Arab Film Festival Texas was conceived to further Contemporary Arab & Muslim Cultural Studies Institute's (CAMCSI) mission of spurring meaningful dialogue and educational advanceme...
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Impressions: Sharie Vance
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Impressions: Sharie Vance

More than anything else, what inspires me is music. I have always wanted to put images to music or music to images. Long before music videos ever came along, I can remember creating dreamlike sequence...
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True/False Film Festival Review
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True/False Film Festival Review

by Filip Celander Filip has worked with True/False for the past several years. In early March I had the pleasure to attend the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO. There’s nothing mo...
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A School Year by the Numbers
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A School Year by the Numbers

As the 2012-2013 school comes to a close this week, we've decided to take a brief look at this past year through a few numbers. 17 Films During the year, 17 complete documentaries were shown at ...
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Impressions: Joe Brown
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Impressions: Joe Brown

I began making media in 2005, when-- in an activist’s effort, I shot and produced the documentary film “National Sacrifice Zone: Colorado and the Cost of Energy Independence.” At that point in my life...
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Impressions: Tingting Li
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Impressions: Tingting Li

Film, to my mind, is an efficient way to realize young kids’ un-achievable dream; at the same time, it is an approach to experience different characteristic of life.  From the film, the directors buil...
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Finding My Voice in Documentary
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Finding My Voice in Documentary

by Lauren Cater First Year MFA “Do whatever you do, just don’t talk about it”. Engrained within me at a young age, these beliefs created a barrier between my hometown and me.  I was told to be sil...
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Transitioning to Texas
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Transitioning to Texas

By Ron Lechler I hail from the bleak and barren north; the great state of Michigan; where the men are men and the women are too. Even though Michigan is called “the mitten state”, history tells us ...
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Impressions: Sara Masetti
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Impressions: Sara Masetti

My work explores relationships between personal identity, boundaries and borders. As a documentarian I am interested in ethnographic filmmaking and visual anthropology and the application of docume...
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Behind the Camera: an MFA documentary program in action
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Behind the Camera: an MFA documentary program in action

by Julie West, features editor for the Office of Research and Economic Development Originally posted to the Office of Research and Economic Development. The heavy snow that fell in Columbi...
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Impressions: Jeff Alexander
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Impressions: Jeff Alexander

Most of my adult life, I’ve made a living with a camera. Documenting real people and real events is my passion and profession. I can’t say there’s a particular issue that drives me. I just want to be ...
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“Inside Story,” A Thesis Reflection
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“Inside Story,” A Thesis Reflection

By Jim Crawford My thesis project, Inside Story, explores the essence of story. Many people consider story a peripheral activity confined to books and movies, but story is actually a central pr...
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Impressions: Hannah Beavers
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Impressions: Hannah Beavers

From the age of five, my parents have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now, at 24, I consider myself blessed that they were both encouraging and annoying in their questioning. They enabled...
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Impressions: Andrew J. Nelson
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Impressions: Andrew J. Nelson

I feel incredibly fortunate that I grew up, not only in a household that allowed me to pursue any and everything I was interested in, but also in the city of Philadelphia, where I was able to meet peo...
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Impressions: Abbey Hoekzema
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Impressions: Abbey Hoekzema

My name is Abbey Hoekzema and I am a second year MFA candidate in the program. I hail from wherever I've most recently lived, which at the moment is Blacksburg, Virginia. I discovered my passion for c...
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An Interview with Jamie Moffett
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An Interview with Jamie Moffett

by Andrew J. Nelson My senior year, as an undergraduate, I replied to a Craigslist ad for a small production company looking for an intern. It was here that I met director Jamie Moffett. He has b...
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Impressions: Ron Lechler
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Impressions: Ron Lechler

I'm originally from the bleak and barren north. I left Michigan to pursue my MFA degree here at the University of North Texas. I feel really at home in the department, and I think I've become too atta...
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Phone940-565-2537