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AMY CLAIRE NELSON   www.amyclairenelson.com   2709 Princeton Ave.  Durham, NC 27707  919.491.8518  amyclairenelson@gmail.com   

 

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 

Media   

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.

Recognition    

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​. 

Advisory  


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. 

Education  

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 

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