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PETER CAROLLA

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Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Peter left the Ozarks to attend Davidson College in North Carolina, where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.  In September 2006, Peter joined the Peace Corps and taught English at a secondary school in rural Mozambique.  Profoundly affected by the people he met and his experiences in Mozambique, Peter began to think about a way to tell the stories of people ignored and forgotten.

Returning from the Peace Corps in 2009, Peter co-wrote the narration for the film Icyizere: Hope, a film about post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda. The chance to work on a feature length documentary whetted his appetite for more.

Since then Peter has had the opportunity to work as a researcher, production assistant, and associate producer for Lanes Island Films, producing works about contemporary Rwanda.  He has also directed and produced a wide variety of short films, from Mayberry Days, about a festival in Mount Airy, NC, to Number the Stones, the story of the generations of Spanish stonemasons working on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (You can view these short films and others on his website: http://www.petercarolla.com).

In May 2013 Peter graduated from Wake Forest University’s Documentary Film Program with his Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film.  After working in New York City on numerous commercials, narrative short films, and feature documentaries, Peter is now the Media Production Specialist at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

Peter’s interest in documentary film derives from his curiosity about cultures different from his own and desire to find out the motivations behind people’s actions.  The wonderful thing about film is that those motivations can be explored and revealed in a thought-provoking and entertaining way that can reach people who otherwise might never have been exposed to those people/places/events.

NICK GOOLER

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Nick strives to share stories that engage and educate audiences by combining two of his passions: social justice and documentary film.

Through his education and wide range of experiences, Nick brings a multi-faceted perspective to filmmaking. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois, has traveled to Greece and Japan, and has facilitated workshops on diversity and cross-cultural communication.

Now, having recently received his Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film from the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University, Nick feels a calling to share the often unknown struggles and triumphs of marginalized communities such as women, people of color, and non-western people in order to inspire people to educate themselves about the lives and challenges of others.

Nick recognizes the essential role of craft in conveying a story and engaging an audience. Through his studies at the Documentary Film Program, he has expanded upon his experience working as a professional event photographer and his self-taught non-linear editing skills to include camera work as well as story-telling techniques.

Most recently, Nick created a short film entitled, “Outside the Circle,” which explores the problems surrounding diversity and inclusion at Wake Forest University and was used as part of a campus community dialogue to generate positive change.

Nick is currently in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.nickgooler.com.

HILLARY PIERCE

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During her undergraduate career, Hillary learned to combine her love of travel, exploring new cultures and desire to connect with people with her passion for the art of filmmaking by earning a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Film Studies and Spanish from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Upon graduating in 2007, Hillary received the distinguished departmental award for Excellence in Film Studies and began working in the  film industry on tv shows and feature films.

Amidst many years as a dedicated volunteer at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC, Hillary began to more greatly appreciate the documentary medium as one that is unique in its abilities not only to educate, inspire, and entertain but also to create awareness and incite change.  In 2009 she traveled to the Nicaraguan immigrant community of Bajo Tejares in San Ramon, Costa Rica where she began filming her first documentary, still a work-in-progress.

This experience solidified Hillary’s desire to pursue a more documentary-focused filmmaking career.  Since this change in focus, Hillary has made several short films including The Love Valley Thing, a look back into a small cowboy town in the mountains of North Carolina’s brush with the hippie counterculture at a music festival in 1970, Mayberry Days, a day in the life of a Barney Fife impersonator, and The Birth and Death of the Day, an experimental piece that ponders the beauty and monotony of the American workday.  Just prior to beginning graduate study in 2010, Hillary completed an internship with legendary documentary filmmaker and pioneer of the Direct Cinema movement, Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens).

She completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree at Wake Forest University in Documentary Film where she spent her time making films and assisting faculty member and Kartemquin filmmaker Peter Gilbert (Hoops Dreams) teaching Visual Storytelling.

Hillary has relocated to Austin, Texas and is working on several new documentary projects and writing endeavors. She is currently Project Manager at Go-Valley, a new documentary production company helmed by Keith Maitland. Go-Valley has two feature documentaries in production, TOWER about the 1966 tower shootings, and the Untitled Austin City Limits Documentary about the 40 year history of America’s longest running music television show.

For more information, visit her website:  http://www.hillarypierce.com

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