Visions 8 Staff
Hannah Hearn: Managing Director
Hannah Hearn is the Managing Director of Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. Growing up just steps from the beach, she was naturally drawn to the Wilmington coast. As a senior at UNCW, she is working toward a degree in Film Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Business Development. This semester, she is working on a documentary called “Dead in the Water” as the sound mixer. In the past, she has taken on the roles of directing, producing, sound recording/mixing, and editing. Most recently, she was the Hospitality Director for Visions 7 and interned with Screen Gems Studios. Over time, she realized her passion of combining business and film. She is motivated to begin a career in producing and, hopefully, be able to produce big budget films in the future.
Parker Stroud: ASSISTANT MANAGING DIRECTOR & Development DIRECTOR
Carly Dawson is the Programming Director of Visions007 Film Festival & Conference. Originally from Knightdale, North Carolina, Carly Dawson came to UNCW seeking a degree in Film Studies with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. During her career at UNCW, she has studied abroad in Swansea, Wales where she interned at the Tinopolis Film Group, learning the inner workings of television stations, including camera work, editing and the production of live programming as well as exploring the cinematic cities of Europe. She has also interned with Working Films in downtown Wilmington, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social justice and environmental sustainability through encouraging and supporting of short non-fiction media-makers. Currently, Carly is working on a documentary short on the effect of factory farms on the Cape Fear River.
Cevann howe: Programming director
Cevann Howe is the Programming Director of Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. After living in multiple cities across North Carolina, he moved to Wilmington to attend UNC-W. Cevann is currently working toward his degree in Film Studies. Cevann has directed two short films and is currently in production on a third. He co-founded Little River Productions and does freelance film and photography work for local persons, businesses, and organizations. His many interests include movies, movies, and movies. His favorite filmmakers are Andrei Tarkovsky and Luis Buñuel.
Matthew Fisenne: marketing director
Matthew Fisenne is the Marketing Director of the Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. Hailing originally from Charlotte, NC, Matthew moved to Wilmington to study film at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Originally a theatre addict, Matthew’s interests set their sights on film after taking an editing class. Since then, he has jumped headfirst into every opportunity he could get his hands on. Matthew has directed several projects at Wilmington and hopes to continue down that path, learning everything he can. Hopefully in the future you will see him on the big screen, or at least in the credits.
jocabed Aragón: HOSPITALITY & outreach DIRECTOR
Jocabed Aragón is Hospitality and Outreach Director for the Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. Currently in her senior year at UNCW, double majoring in Film Studies and Communication Studies, Jocabed has a variety of experiences both in the film and communication field. She loves producing in the documentary field as well as tv production and cultural studies. Recently, she has produced an experimental documentary Waterways and her found footage film, Unfiltered, was featured in Wilmington at the WilmFFilm Chick Flick Festival. Over the 2017 summer she interned as assistant editor of the Montagnard Oral History project and was assigned program coordinator of El Refugio’s Community Summer Fest. This semester she is producing her first full-length documentary “Dead in the Water.”
Grace wallace: Art director
Grace Wallace is the Art Director for Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. When Grace isn’t swimming, biking, or running around campus, you can find her in the edit lab bickering with After Effects. She is pursuing a degree in Film Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. Growing up near Charlotte, North Carolina, Grace fell in love with still photography and storytelling. An enthusiasm for film came from the marriage of the two. Her greatest interest lies with animation and editing, and she enjoys understanding how other aspects of production work in concert with those subjects. Though she loves developing her cinematic language, were there an undergraduate program for puns, Grace would be majorly interested.
Austen Sadanaga: Operations Director
Austen Sadanaga is the Programming Assistant and Invitationals Coordinator for Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. After studying film at Emerson College for two years, Austen left the snow behind and transferred to UNCW. His passion for film and the beach made UNCW a perfect fit. Heading into his second semester as a junior, Austen plans to graduate from Film Studies with a focus on editing. Editing was Austen’s gateway into the film world. Ten years ago, he edited his first video, Knee Hockey Mania. His more recent film Restocked, for which he worked as sound mixer and costume designer, was accepted into last year’s Visions Festival. When he’s not editing, Austen can be found stopping pucks at the ice hockey rink, playing cello, or taking pictures.
Marika Adair: Marketing assistant & Social Media Coordinator
Marika Adair is the Marketing Assistant & Social Media Coordinator for the Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. Movies have always been a big part of her life, which is what motivated her to pursue a degree in Film Studies at UNCW. Only in her second year of university, she knows that she wants to experiment with film, television, music videos, and of course, film festivals. Marika has discovered that she enjoys every aspect of visual entertainment and does not want to limit her career to just one area. She has already been involved with small projects on and off campus and has also had a hand in creating independent projects, with friends and on her own. Eventually, Marika would love to have the opportunity to work with independent filmmakers and give them the opportunity to succeed in the film industry.
Mary Bernardo: Hospitality assistant & Award/swag bag coordinator
Mary Bernardo is the Hospitality Assistant/Swag & Awards Coordinator of Visions 8 Film Festival and Conference. She was born in New Jersey but at three years old moved to Huntersville, North Carolina. Now in her second year of college, she is majoring in Film Studies and is planning on getting a minor in Digital Arts. She has always had a love for any form of art since she was a kid. Music, sewing, writing, drawing: whatever she could do to help express herself, she would give try. She fell in love with film back in high school when she started trying to make videos for YouTube. From there she decided to go to Wilmington because she had heard of the amazing film department they had from a friend. In college she has been able to broaden her film horizons, even working makeup and costume for a student film called “Drunk Fiction: Spider Man.” She is currently planning on going into animation and hopes to someday have either her own cartoon on TV or a production studio that makes both animation and live action films.
Ryan Wentz: Development Assistant & fundraising Event coordinator
Ryan Wentz is the Development Assistant & Event Coordinator for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. After years of acting, improvisation, and song composition, he decided that film was the only medium that encompassed all of his many interests. Now a junior in the UNCW film studies department, Ryan has turned his focus to screenwriting. Ryan is always down to joke around, hoping to someday work in the writer’s room for a comedy.
Tayler Camplin: Marketing Assistant & Video Lead editor
Tayler Camplin is the Marketing Assistant and Video Editor of Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. She grew up two hours north of Wilmington in Fuquay-Varina but often visited the beach, as a family friend lived there. These visits ultimately led her to choose UNCW due to their film studies program and close proximity to the beach. As a junior, she is currently completing her degree in Film Studies with a minor in Digital Arts. Tayler aspires to be a video editor and has been editing since she was a preteen. Since then, she has interned at MOD Edits and now works as a freelance editor. When she isn’t glued to the editing screen for so long that she forgets to eat dinner, Tayler enjoys modeling with one of her close friends who just so happens to be a photographer. After being on the editorial board for Film Matters magazine, Tayler was accepted for publication by the magazine for a review on Mariusz Kotowski’s Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale.
Dylan Briese: Lead Graphic Designer
Dylan Briese is the lead graphic designer for Visions Film Festival and Conference. Now in his junior year, Dylan attends the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a Film Studies major and Digital Arts minor. His main focuses in filmmaking include cinematography, producing, and editing. He has worked on multiple short films, feature films, and other creative projects. He loves experimental cinema and being able to create content that will make people think and look at life from different perspectives. Dylan plans on pursuing multiple careers in the film and digital arts industries and hopes to make a positive impact on the world.
Danet Grabbe: LEAD ANIMATor
Danet Grabbe is the lead animator for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. She is a senior at UNCW finishing up a degree in Film Studies with a minor in Nonfiction Creative Writing. During her time at school, she has created multiple self-directed experimental film and animation projects. She has also worked as a production designer on several short films, including recent festival success “Issues.” After growing up with constant encouragement to embrace her creative tendencies, Danet decided to combine her love of making art and stories by pursuing stop motion animation. Ultimately, she hopes to have a home in the mountains, a couple cats and a career as an animator with a few published books on the side.
Shannon Silva: festival Director
Shannon Silva is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. An experimental and documentary filmmaker, her principal areas of interest include issues of gender, celebrity culture, fandom, and community building creative initiatives.
In addition to directing/producing over 30 short films and videos, she has worked as Screenplay Competition Director for the Austin Film Festival, Marketing Director for Austin Cinemaker Coop, and was a founding member of the Iowa City Microcinema. Her films have screened at the Dallas Video Festival, Atlanta Underground, Athens International, Humboldt Film Festival, FLEX, Docutah, LA Femme, Central Florida Film Festival, St. John's International Women's Film Festival and more.
She is the Faculty Supervisor for the Visions Film Festival and Conference (hosted on the UNCW campus by the Film Studies Department each spring), and, as a lover of all things related to film festivals, she has participated in screening committees for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, SXSW, Iowa City Documentary Festival, Cinematexas, and the Cucalorus Film Festival.
In 2013, her feature length documentary, It’s A Girl Thing: Tween Queens and The Commodification of Girlhood, completed its festival run and was awarded Best Social Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Freestyle, a short narrative film that she produced in Fall 2013, just finished up its festival run at Mill Valley International.
Her next film, Red, is in pre-production and was recently awarded a $3000 Summer Research Grant. The experimental narrative is set in late 1930's, Lumberton, NC and focuses on two sisters growing up in a share-cropping family.