In its sixth year, Visions Film Festival & Conference is dedicated to celebrating the success of past alumni both regionally and nationally. This year, in addition to our annual keynote address, Visions is introducing a panel of special guest speakers to talk about how they have maneuvered the “reel world” since graduation. Our guests will be speaking and taking questions on: directing your own independent films, working as crew on both tv and theatrical productions, attending graduate school, starting your own business, teaching, running film festivals, and general questions of accomplishing future goals after graduation. In addition to our Keynote Speaker, Jaclyn Gramigna, this year’s panel will include: Grettel Batoon, Matt Delman, Channing Duke, Joselyn McDonald, Bo McKenzie, Dylan Pettingill, and Matt Stamm.
(Production Coordinator, Industrial Light & Magic)
Grettel has actively worked in production for various films and animated television shows since receiving her BFA in Film and TV from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2009. She began her production career as an intern at Pixar Animation Studios and then worked in TV animation for three years at Nickelodeon Animation Studios on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fanboy and ChumChum, and the preschool series WallyKazam! After deciding to transition to feature films, Grettel now works as a production coordinator at Industrial Light & Magic, a visual effects studio in San Francisco. Her projects at ILM include Jurassic World, Lucy, Nancy Spielberg's documentary Above & Beyond, and the Star Tours Episode VII ride update for the Disney Parks.
(Marketing and Distribution, Cinetic Media)
Matt specializes in marketing and distribution for independent films. He currently works at Cinetic Media managing awards campaigns, festival strategies and releases for a wide variety of films including Oscar nominated Cartel Land, 45 Years, and Mustang. He was previously the Manager of Audience Development at Vimeo, where he spearheaded marketing campaigns for independent films and new original series. Before that he was the Marketing Manager at Gravitas Ventures, a leading indie distributor specializing in Video On Demand. He got his start reading scripts and running errands for legendary producer Scott Rudin. Some of the favorite films he’s worked on include Bully, The Motel Life, Ping Pong Summer, Appropriate Behavior, Farah Goes Bang, World of Tomorrow, The Lobster, Where To Invade Next, and My Golden Days as well as original series such as High Maintenance, Oscar’s Hotel, and Con Man. Separately, he is credited as an “Impact Producer” on three features in various stages (two docs and one narrative) and just started on an original screenplay.
(Operations Manager, Cucalorus Film Festival, Director of Photography, & Film Instructor)
Channing Duke is a Director of Photography and the Operations Manager for Cucalorus Film Festival where she previously served as Technical Director. She received her Associates of Arts in Film and Video Production Technology from Cape Fear Community College where she is currently a part-time instructor in the Film Department. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
She has worked on a range of projects from high-budget productions to low-budget independent films that can be seen on national and international film festival circuits. One of her favorite projects in which she was Director of Photography is NC SIXTY, which premiered at Cucalorus Film Festival 20 in 2014.
Channing gets most of her inspiration from her love for 1980’s camera and lighting techniques used in teen-drama/sci-fi/fantasy/adventure films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, Stand By Me, The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sixteen Candles, Jurassic Park and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Although her main interest lies within film production and technology she also enjoys studying the history of Latin American Cinema and Bollywood.
Channing is currently working on creating a regional organization that mentors female cinematographers and helps activity support their work. She is a camera and lens enthusiast and best describes her work as always making artistic choices that support a conscious effort to stylistically deviate from aesthetic expectations and classical norms.
(Co-founder blink blink & FemTech)
Joselyn McDonald is an artist, technologist, and researcher. Her work incorporates a variety of media, including software, video, film, and electronics, in order to explore subjects of meaning to her - like gender, equality, and privacy. She has shown work internationally and across the US. Most recently, she's presented at The Computer Human Interaction Conference in Toronto, SXSW, and The International Tangible Embedded Interaction Conference. Joselyn earned an MFA in design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design. She is the cofounder of blink blink creative circuits kits, founder of FemTech (Design + Technology), and a founding member of the artist collective, Snaxx_and_Macs. Joselyn is a Ph.D. student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(Business Owner, Crane House - Camera Support Services)
Since obtaining his BA in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Bo has worked in the film industry as a dolly grip on numerous television shows and feature films. While his true passion is cinematography, working as a grip on major studio productions has offered an excellent learning experience in lighting and camera departments. When he is not working as a grip, he shoots independent short films and commercials.
(Set Dresser, Golden Globe Nominated Beast of No Nations)
Dylan is thirty years old and originally from Long Island, New York. He has spent the last eight years living in New York City where he got his start working on feature films within the art department. As of recent, he has moved to Wilmington, NC to enjoy the slower, warmer southern lifestyle. When not working on film sets as an on-set dresser and set decorator, he likes to build custom furniture, watch movies, listen to records, and spend time in the ocean. Dylan feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to many foreign locations to work on films and is excited for the experiences that the future holds. If there is one thing that he is sure of, it is that “shrimp should never be mixed with cheese.”
(Asst. Editor, Oscar Nominated Racing Extinction)
Matt Stamm is a 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he studied film and marine biology. He began working with video in 2007 and has developed a focus in editing, animation, visual effects, and videography. His objective is using video to promote education and positive social change, primarily with regard to the environment. His proudest UNCW projects include his capstone film project, Out of the Blue, a documentary short about the beaching of dolphins and whales. Matt also designed a touch screen program used to identify the fish, corals and invertebrates in the aquarium at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. Since graduation, he has worked on a wide range of projects including feature and short documentaries, wedding videography, live events, marketing videos, PSA’s, corporate AV and even VFX for feature narrative films. He is always working to expand his skills and looking for new opportunities to use them! In 2013, Matt began working for the Oceanic Preservation Society [OPS], the organization that created the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove (2009). For their latest film, Racing Extinction (2015), his credits include assistant editor, VFX, animation, DIT and additional camera. Racing Extinction premiered on the Discovery Channel in December of 2015. Today, Matt is continuing his work with OPS as an in-house editor, working on both the education and outreach campaign for Racing Extinction as well as preparations for forthcoming projects.