Watkins “Best Of” Showcase Screens Seven April 16 at Nashville Film Festival

April 10, 2016

In conjunction with the 46th annual Nashville Film Festival, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a free screening of the past year’s most outstanding productions on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at Regal Cinemas, Green Hills Stadium 16. “The Watkins Student Film Showcase” will offer a lineup of short narratives … (more)


Callie Khouri To Deliver Watkins Commencement Address at May 14 Ceremonies

April 10, 2016

Callie Khouri, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Thelma and Louise and creator/executive producer of the hit television series Nashville, will be the keynote speaker for Watkins College of Art, Design & Film’s 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 14. The graduation ceremonies will be held on the Watkins campus, beginning at 10 a.m., and the public is invited. Ms. … (more)

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Watkins and Kiwa Digital Partner To Bring Industry Innovator VoiceQ Into Film School Program

March 10, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has added VoiceQ, the most advanced ADR and dubbing cueing system in the world, to its film curriculum, making it the first school in the country to use this innovative post-production software in a classroom setting. Developed by New Zealand-based Kiwa Digital Ltd, VoiceQ speeds up the ADR (additional dialogue recorded) … (more)

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TV Director Bethany Rooney Conducts Master Class at Film School on February 24

February 22, 2016

Bethany Rooney, who has directed more than 200 episodes of prime-time television during her lengthy career, will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film on Wednesday, February 24. A recent episode she directed of the CBS stalwart Criminal Minds will be screened at 6 p.m., followed by a Q & A session. Ms. Rooney is in town to … (more)

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Watkins Flexes Film Expertise by Launching MFA Program

February 15, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is expanding its degree offerings by launching a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production, it was announced by Dr. J. Kline, president of Watkins. The school’s first graduate program, which is a two-year course of study, will begin in the Fall 2016 semester and applications are now being accepted … (more)

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Alumni Filmmakers Tell “Hear Me Now” Story in Bullying Documentary

February 11, 2016

It’s always good to come home! Watkins welcomed Film School alumni Bill Cornelius (’05) and Zac Adams (’00) to the Watkins Theater for a special screening of Hear Me Now, a documentary about school bullying. The 52-minute film is the culmination of a five-year project by writer/director/producer Cornelius through his company Halangarde Pictures; co-producers were … (more)


Film School’s Spring 2016 Auditions Set for February 6

January 30, 2016

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will hold a general casting call for Spring 2016 student film projects on Saturday, February 6, at the Watkins campus in Metro Center. Directors of approximately a dozen productions from the BFA film program at Watkins will be looking for actors of all ages. Student films are being made … (more)

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Film School’s Fall 2015 Winners Announced

December 8, 2015

Congratulations to these winners from the Film School’s Fall 2015 screenings!   Production One Jen Hartsel Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture for Into the Darkness Ashlee Flint Best Cinematographer for Into the Darkness Cobi Noblin Best Sound Design and Best Use of Music and Score for his film Folly of Man Andrew Furris Best … (more)

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Film School Screens Fall 2015 Projects December 7-9

November 24, 2015

The Film School presents its Fall 2015 final projects from December 7-9 in the Watkins Theater, with more than 20 narrative and experimental projects from four production classes. The screenings are free and the public is invited.  Parking is free in the campus lot. Watkins Fall 2015 Student Screenings Monday, December 7, starting at 7 p.m. = Production One, with 6 films (90 … (more)


Tournées Film Festival Debuts at Watkins October 15

October 5, 2015

Watkins has been selected as a participant in the 20th edition of Tournées Film Festival, offering a wide variety of films, from the popular to the experimental, that represent the best of French cinema distributed in the U.S. A showcase of established and emerging talents, the Tournées Film Festival reflects the diversity and the richness of French cinema through various genres — fiction, documentary, … (more)