Aug. 21, 2007

Meadows Cinema-Television Faculty Receive Honors

DALLAS (SMU) --- Three professors in the Division of Cinema-Television at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts have received national and local honors this month.

Assistant professor Carolyn Macartney won the 2007 Kodak Faculty Scholarship Award during the national University Film & Video Association (UFVA) Conference hosted by the University of North Texas in mid-August. Because she “demonstrated a capacity to enhance skill development in film production and classroom education,” Macartney was awarded $4,000 to support her proposed documentary project Wanda the Wonderful, which will chronicle the wild and passionate life of Macartney’s grandmother, who was a Wild West sharpshooter. In addition, Macartney’s film There Goes the View won the award for Best Experimental Film in the juried competition.  As a director and cinematographer, Macartney has worked on four feature-length narrative films, some 20 short films, and numerous documentaries and music videos.  She made her first film with an 8mm camera found in her grandmother’s attic and her award-winning experimental film work has since been screened domestically and internationally. In addition, her black and white photography has won awards and has been published and exhibited in the United States and Europe.

Associate Professor Pam Elder has been selected to participate in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences annual Faculty Seminar, to be held in Los Angeles in November. She is one of only 20 professors, chairs or deans of film-TV departments nationwide selected for the honor.  The Academy pays for the trip and accommodations for the five-day conference. Elder and her colleagues from across the country will have meetings and lectures on new media, cable television, legal issues, the changing demands of production, and other topics with studios and major production companies. Elder has worked in television for 30 years as a writer and producer for PBS, cable and, most recently, for NBC. While she was with the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, she worked on national music and dance programming and served as the coordinating producer for American Playhouse, Wonderworks and Dance in America, and she was one of the early producers of the children’s diversity series The Puzzle Place. Ms. Elder was also executive producer of the Educational Enterprises Division of KCET/LA.

Senior lecturer Kelli Herd is the “filmmaker of the month” for Women in Film-Dallas, and is featured in an interview in the WIFD August newsletter: Herd, who graduated from SMU in 1983, teaches courses on screenwriting, directing the screen actor and filmmaking. She is an independent filmmaker and the writer/director/producer of the award-winning feature film It’s in the Water. In addition to lecturing, she is a professional script coach and screenwriter and continues to produce independent projects in the Dallas area. She is currently co-writing a screenwriting textbook called The Language of Screenwriting.

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