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
Returning for a second year in a row, Parker Stroud will be leading the development department for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. The Charlotte native will be entering his senior year at UNCW where he vigorously continues his Film Studies career. A fan of both all facets of production work and in depth post-production editing, Parker wants to utilize the skills he has learned to produce multi-medium based content. He has always been an individual who creates new and unique content. While working for Visions, Parker will bring his creativity to the numerous fundraiser campaigns that will be held to promote the event. His leadership and entrepreneurship skills acquired through his previous experiences will help him guide the organization. After he graduates Parker will pursue a career as a producer, where he will be able to creatively contribute to projects.
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 & keynote and Panelist Coordinator
Austen Sadanaga is the Operations Director and Keynote and Panelist 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: Social Media Coordinator & Interviews 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.
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.
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.
Katie Black: Development Assistant & Bake Sale/Catering Coordinator
Katie Black is the Development Assistant and the Coordinator of Bake Sales and Catering for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. Her interest in film began at an early age and developed into a major passion over the years. This passion ultimately propelled her to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is now a junior pursuing a degree in Film Studies with a minor in Anthropology. She finds herself most enthusiastic about directing, producing, and editing, but she is eager to learn about and experience all aspects of film production. Alongside her love for film and television, her main interests lie in art, business, and human sciences—each of which she hopes to incorporate into her career in some way. In her downtime, she is at her happiest watching a movie or TV show, surrounded by animals.
Ben Bonham: Party Tech coordinator & Video race coordinator
Ben Bonham is the Lead Party Technician and one of two Video Race Coordinators for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. He is a senior film studies major at UNC Wilmington, minoring in digital art. Ben is an avid filmmaker who was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is passionate about building his own production company here in Wilmington, North Carolina to pursue music-video production. Ben spent most of his time growing up playing sports and making videos with his friends on the weekends. After Ben graduates, he hopes to join one of Wilmington’s local production or media companies in order to gain knowledge, experience, and money of course. He enjoys writing music, experimenting with digital video, and creating artwork of various mediums. In his spare time, he likes short walks on the beach and craft beer.
Madison Landau: Video Race Coordinator
Madison Landau is the Hospitality & Outreach Assistant and a Video Race Coordinator for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. She was born and raised on bagels and pizza in Long Beach, New York and has happily spent her college career at the University of North Carolina Wilmington studying Film and Journalism. After spending the 2017 Spring Semester in Florence, Italy concentrating mainly on the journalistic portion of her degree, she’s happy to have Visions 8 occupy most of her time during her last semester at UNCW. Madison enjoys daily naps and asking too many questions, and is also an ardent animal lover. Through the organization Paws4people, she was able to combine her love of film and animals into one with a personalized internship. She is ADA certified to train dogs through Paws4people, and her computer and phone are filled with pictures and videos of dogs; if you ever see her, feel free to ask to see them. Once she graduates this coming Spring, Madison hopes to move to the NYC/Brooklyn area to employ both her love for journalism and film into a job she is passionate about.
Ryan Wentz: Programming Assistant & Volunteer 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.
melody fayth Marshall: Programming Assitant
Melody Fayth Marshall is a Programming Assistant for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. After acting her whole life, studying theatre at Appalachian State University, and working seasonally at Walt Disney World for 3 years, she transferred to UNC Wilmington (where she is now a senior) to study her true calling: film! Melody Fayth was raised by musicians in Elon and Greensboro, NC. Her passions are experimental film, music, and sound design, and she hopes to pursue a career in post-production sound work or music editing. Melody Fayth has done sound work on several student productions during her time in Wilmington and is thrilled to be working on a film festival for the first time! Her biggest influences are Mark Mothersbaugh and the dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park.
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.
Michael Gil: Operations Assistant & Parking/Facilities Manager
Michael Gil is the Operations Assistant and Parking/Facilities Manager for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. After receiving his Associates in Arts degree from Central Piedmont Community College, Michael is continuing his education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to earn a degree in Film Studies. He has worked as a producer, director, and editor in both student films and his own projects during free time. With an enjoyment of stories that can inspire and create context on how the world is experienced, Michael hopes to find himself in a filmmaking career that can fulfill just that. Outside of filmmaking, Michael enjoys orienteering, climbing, and going on hikes with his dog.
Ryan Loudermilk: Registration Coordinator
Ryan Loudermilk is the Registration Coordinator for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. After growing up in Wilmington, she moved briefly to Asheville, NC before realizing she wanted to pursue a career in film studies and heading back home to attend UNCW (though she hopes to someday find her way back to the mountains). Ryan is currently a senior majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Spanish, and though she’s happy with any role as long as she gets to be on set, she aspires to find work as an assistant camera operator after graduating this December (but if that falls through, she would be perfectly fine with running a cat rescue instead).
Keith Johnson: Tech and Live Feed Coordinator
Keith Johnson is the Tech and Live Feed Coordinator for Visions 8 Film Festival & Conference. He is from Greenville, North Carolina and transferred to UNCW in 2016 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He enjoys working on film projects both in and out of school in hopes of sharpening his craft and one day becoming a cinematographer. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, video games, watching movies, and talking about himself in the third person, yes he does.
Shannon Silva: festival Director
Shannon Silva is Associate Chair / Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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 Cooperative, 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, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, Central Florida Film Festival, St. John's International Women's Film Festival and more.
In 2012, her feature length documentary, It’s A Girl Thing: Tween Queens and The Commodification of Girlhood, was awarded Best Social Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
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. She is also a co-founder of the Wilmington Female Filmmakers' Collective.
In 2016, she was awarded a prestigious NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship which provided $10,000 for the development and creation of two short films. "Baby Oil," which Silva directed, is a short narrative focused on two sisters who weather a strong storm in 1976 rural North Carolina. The film made its world premiere at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival in late August 2017. "Peek," produced by Silva, is a micro-narrative about a mother and daughter playing a simple game that goes awry. The film is currently in post-production.
As of Fall 2017 Silva is in pre-production on an animated experimental documentary short that explores the amazing survival, evolution, morphology and development of ferns.