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Real talk on online degree programs

I’ve contemplated going back to school to pursue an M.F.A. in film and television. As a working mom, an online program makes a grad degree seem…doable.

Festival guest Norman Reedus shoots for 5th season as Daryl Dixon

Congratulations to Norman Reedus on the renewal of his show “The Walking Dead" for a fifth season on AMC. Earlier this week, after giving a master class to students at the Savannah Film Festival, he sat down for an interview with Savannah College of Art and Design. Here’s Norman on how he stumbled into acting and reading “The Walking Dead” script for the first time.

My 16th Savannah Film Festival: How sweet it still is

There’s something about the weather this time of year. When it starts to get a little cooler I get excited about movies. The nip in the air indicates the arrival of the Savannah Film Festival! 

Inside New York Comic Con 2013: a panelist's perspective

“…riiiight, I’m supposed to be interjecting.” That’s what I had to keep reminding myself as I sat on a panel at New York Comic Con 2013 listening to the other panelists speak. I couldn’t help but get lost in what they had to say since, just like the audience, I’m a fan of their work. I love comics, always have, always will. So to be a panelist at the conference was thrilling.

Documentary by environmental filmmaking students captures exhilarating footage and a prize

If you haven’t noticed, cable television is awash with channels dedicated to wildlife. Discovery, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, all of them rely on the unique craft of environmental filmmaking and, in many cases, the bravery of the crew behind the camera. Despite the often harrowing field conditions, the genre is exploding.

Update 2: Savannah Generate winners

Our first group of winners crossed the finish line. Tired and fueled mostly by leftover Twizzlers, the teams gathered to hear who won the challenges.

Renowned designer Dakota Jackson brings his legacy to the classroom

Have you seen “Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass” on HBO? The series chronicles the jazz legend mentoring three young musicians. I couldn’t change the channel. There’s something magnetic about seeing a virtuoso draw the potential out of his charges, about seeing an icon become vulnerable in order to deconstruct the process that makes him brilliant.  

The 9/11 story you haven’t heard

Over the years, Chris Mennuto (B.F.A., Motion Media) watched his dad struggle to tell the story of how he escaped Tower 2 during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While interning in New York last year, Chris visited the 9/11 Memorial for the first time. Touching the names of his dad's fallen co-workers he was inspired to create a visual presentation of his father's escape.