AMY CLAIRE NELSON www.amyclairenelson.com 2709 Princeton Ave. Durham, NC 27707 919.491.8518 firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience GRADUATE ASSISTANT, UNC Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism - Chapel Hill, NC 2016-present. Assist Director of Journalism with grading and teaching. Provide feedback and support.
FILMMAKER // NEW MEDIA PRODUCER, Durham, NC
2013-present. Research, interview, record audio and video (flat and 360), edit, write and produce traditional and new media covering history and current affairs.
LEAD TEACHER, Montessori Children’s House of Durham - Durham, NC 2008-2016. Address academic, social, and emotional needs of 22
children. Design classroom and learning materials. Produce bi-monthly online newsletter. Design educational presentations for the public. Train assistant teachers and support staff. Serve on committees and develop policies with staff.
ANCHOR // REPORTER // PRODUCER, WUNC - Chapel Hill, NC F reelance: 2005-07 Staff: 1998-2005. Host All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition at local level. Produce regular Arts & Culture features. Produce in-depth, award-winning features for North Carolina Voices series. Produce short segments for hourly local newscasts.
DIRECTOR // CINEMATOGRAPHER // WRITER // EDITOR
Arba’een Walk (2018). 360 ambisonic documentary about the largest
peaceful gathering of people in the world. Work in progress.
DIRECTOR // CINEMATOGRAPHER // WRITER // EDITOR,
The Return (2018). First-person, experimental travelogue that takes place
in two parallel worlds: on land to the shrines of the Prophet Muhammad’s family; and in the inner world of a pilgrim as she questions her spiritual progress and readiness for the visit.
DIRECTOR // CINEMATOGRAPHER // EDITOR, Each One |
Teach One (2018). Against a backdrop of intersectional discrimination, a Philadelphia-based African-American Muslim family struggles to maintain its Islamic identity across three generations. Work in progress.
DIRECTOR // CINEMATOGRAPHER // EDITOR, Breaking
Naan (2017). Amidst new policies and vitriol aimed at immigrants and
refugees, chef Vimala Rejendran weighs the potential risks associated with hosting monthly community meals for local residents and recent refugees in her small North Carolina town.
DIRECTOR // CINEMATOGRAPHER // WRITER // EDITOR,
Inner Revolutions | A Multimedia Oral History Project (2014).
During the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran, many Americans came to know Ayatollah Khomeini as a stern, uncompromising political leader who hated America. The United States had helped to install the Pahlavi government in the 1950s and was completely unprepared for this little-known religious cleric’s quick ascension to the leadership of Iran. When it became clear that the Iranian people overwhelmingly supported Khomeini, the tone amongst US officials grew ominous. At the same time, Muslim converts who were active in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s saw something else. www.innerrevolutions.net. Fiscal Sponsor: Southern Documentary Fund
WRITER // CONTRIBUTOR, Five Voices, Five Faiths: An
Interfaith Primer (2005). C owley Publications.
Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, Finalist, March 2018. Arba’een Walk.
LA Cinefest, Official Selection, March 2018. The Return. Chehelcheragh International Film Festival, Official Selection, March 2018. The Return. Twister Alley Film Festival Official Selection, March 2018. Breaking Naan. Carrborro Film Festival Official Selection, October 2017. Breaking Naan. Charlotte Film Festival Official Selection, September 2017. Breaking Naan. Beckman Documentary Award, Each One | Teach One (2017 WIP). The Rich Beckman Documentary Award honors his tradition of strong documentary work by funding one student each year to pursue a long form storytelling project. WUNC North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty. Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Broadcast News Award, 2006. Co-recipient. *The duPont is considered the highest award in broadcast journalism. WUNC North Carolina Voices: Looking for Work. First Place, Green Eyeshade Awards, 2003. Southeast Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists. Co-recipient. Wearing Hijab After 9/11. First Place, Feature, 2002. North Carolina Associated Press. WUNC North Carolina Voices: The State of Aging. First Place, Feature, 2002. North Carolina Associated Press. The Poetry of Rumi. First Place, Feature, 1999. Green Eyeshade Awards. Atlanta Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists. NC State Fairground Postcard. First Place, Use of Sound, 1999. Regional Edward R. Murrow Award, RTNDA. Midwives Under Attack. First Place, Feature, 1999. Gracie Allen Award, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.
Participant, Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute. UC Davis. Davis, CA, 2018. Develop media in conjunction with Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures to present at national Middle East Studies Association conference.
Lead Organizer, HAYAA360. Lead volunteer team of 10 women in
the development of online educational and cultural initiatives for Muslim women in North America.
Presenter, Humanities Writ Large: Arab Refugee Oral History Project. Center for Documentary Studies. Durham, NC, 2015.
Instruct undergraduate students at Duke University in oral history best practice.
Member, Teacher Advisory Council, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Durham, NC, 2015. Develop educational
programming and learning materials in conjunction with the exhibition, Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-75.
Member, Selection Committee, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Durham, NC, 2007. Critique and select films for competition. Participant, Five Faiths Colloquium, Ackland Art Museum.
Chapel Hill, NC. 2002-04. Critique and generate ideas towards the presentation of sacred works of art in the public sphere.
UNC School of Media and Journalism - Chapel Hill, NC Master’s candidate (May 2018), visual communications. Roy H. Park Fellow The Mountain Workshops - Paducah, KY Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University - Durham, NC Certificate in Documentary Studies Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, The Barrie School - Silver Spring, MD
Certificate in Montessori Studies, Early Childhood Education Oberlin College - Oberlin, OH B.A. English, theater concentration