Archive for the ‘Alumni Film’ Category

Justine Feldt

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Admissions

Before Justine had even graduated, she began working on several music videos and commercials for local and national clients. Since graduation, she has worked on reality televisions shows for TLC, LIFETIME, and A&E. Focusing on directing, she has made music videos for several country and christian recording acts. She most recently had the honor of directing country music icon, Dolly Parton, for her latest music video “Home“. The music video made its international premiere on VEVO’s homepage.

Katherine Bonaccorso

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Admissions

After graduation Katie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for comedian Max Amini as well as doing market research for upcoming films at Screen Engine LLC and freelancing as a production assistant. She’s been working at TMZ since 2015 and is currently an Associate Producer on TMZ Live.

Emma Nitz

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Admissions

Emma Nitz is a freelance screenwriter based in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she traveled to Guatemala with Actuality Media and produced a short documentary titled “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream”. She is the second Watkins film student to be invited by the Writers Guild Initiative to participate in the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship for her feature “The Gathering Place”. She achieved First Alternate for the fellowship in 2016.

Claudio M. Rojas

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Admissions

Claudio is a filmmaker and educator who is based in Costa Rica. He is a member of the jury for the PROARTES Award 2015 in the video production category (a national award given by the Costa Rican Government to young videographers and filmmakers who need funding). In 2009 he participated in a project to create a local cable tv station for the city of Orotina in Alajuela, Costa Rica. He has been the director and producer for short films as well as tv shows airing in Costa Rica, and has worked on major motion pictures, including: The Last Castle (Dreamworks LLC) and Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Lionsgate – Visceral Pictures).

Julian Vaca

Posted on: June 9th, 2014 by Admissions

Since graduating with a concentration in film/screenwriting, Julian has published four novels. Julian‘s sophomore novel, “Running From Lions,” won the Novel Rocket Award for Best Young Adult book in 2013, and his third title, “The Surgers!” was a top pick in’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Julian‘s first three titles have been best sellers and highlighted in The Tennessean and, most recently, Nashville Nation. He currently divides his time between signings, speaking engagements, and as an instructor for A Novel Idea–an after school program that empowers middle and high schoolers to write.

Jim Blackstock

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Admissions

After graduation, Jim began working in film and television production. He worked on seven seasons on hit U.S. TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition, in the camera and audio departments. Other notable shows include: Steven Seagal: Lawman, Nashville Star, Jersey Shore, The Judds, The Great Food Truck Race, Find My Family, Tattoo Highway, Kid Nation, and Gone Country 1-3. He currently lives in Berlin and produces video work on a freelance basis for strategic consulting and research agencies.

Zac Adams

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by Admissions

Zac has owned Skydive Films since 2004. They specialize in documentaries, music videos, and films. Their documentary, NASHVILLE RISES played on PBS stations across the country, won the 2011 Tennessee Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival, and was narrated by Billy Bob Thornton. Visit for more info.

Kendall Bennett

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by Admissions

Kendall has worked as a designer and art director on many television series, including Dexter, Law & Order: Los Angeles, and Body of Proof. He is currently the production designer for ABC-TV’s show Nashville.

Lee Gilmore

Posted on: February 9th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Lee is currently sound effects editor at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, after previous experience at Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBC Universal. He’s worked on dozens of major releases, including The Amazing Spider Man, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Bill Cornelius

Posted on: February 9th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Through his production company, Lavorsia Pictures Entertainment, Bill has made music videos for several country and indie acts. He is now working on a documentary about school bullying.