• November 1, 2013

Documentary Film Contest: Winner Announced

Congratulations to Sara Cowell! Her film Mountain Style was selected the winner of our first Documentary Film Contest. See her film and other finalists’ films here.

This past summer, we asked you to submit a documentary film about why you love North Carolina. From the mountains to the coast, there were entries spanning the geographic diversity of our state.

Congratulations to Sara Cowell! Her short film, Mountain Style, tells the story of Charlie Glenn and was selected as the winner of Our State‘s 2014 Documentary Film Contest.

“Hearing Charlie tell his stories and play his heartfelt mountain music really helped me connect to the state, and reminded me of why I love North Carolina,” Cowell says.

Scroll down to see Sara’s video as well as entries from all the finalists.

Thanks to the 2013 Carrboro Film Festival for hosting a screening of Mountain Style on Saturday, November 23.

The Winner: Mountain Style

Mountain Style from UNC | Carolina Photojournalism on Vimeo.


The finalists include (in no particular order):

  • Mariah Dunn, Greensboro
  • Ashley Maria, Raleigh
  • Scott Hampton, Wilmington
  • Chris Zaluski, Asheville
  • Julianna Thomas, Raleigh

Geomorphic: North Carolina from Mariah Dunn on Vimeo.

Why We Love North Carolina! from Ashley Maria on Vimeo.

Chasing Tides from Salt Spray, Inc. on Vimeo.

The Duke of Rougemont from Chris Zaluski on Vimeo.

Saint Agnes from Julianna Thomas on Vimeo.

The Judges:

TedMottHeadShotTed Mott is Director of Production at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where he joined the staff in 2006. He serves on Full Frame’s programming committee, the nominating committee for the Cinema Eye Honors Nonfiction Shorts category, and graduated with honors from the University of Colorado with a degree in Film Studies. Ted lives in Durham with his patient family and many unfinished projects.

cynthia hillCynthia Hill is a North Carolina-based filmmaker whose works include the feature-length documentaries, Tobacco Money Feeds My Family and The Guestworker, as well as various films documenting southern life and culture. In 2011, Hill completed an 18 part multi-media project on domestic violence called Survivor to Survivor, and continued post production work on the feature-length documentary Private Violence.  A native of Pink Hill, NC, Hill began her production career as an editor at GLC Productions, a New York City post-production facility whose clients included MTV, PBS, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, and many others.

NicBeeryHeadshotNic Beery, while once a former Ringling Bros. circus clown, now prefers to be behind the camera. His films have been in over 75 festivals from Cannes to New York City, and have won numerous awards, including a recent Emmy nomination and the 2009 Indie Arts award winner for the North Carolina publication, The Independent. Nic is the owner of BeeryMedia.com, a boutique video production company in Carrboro, North Carolina, and founder of the Carrboro Film Festival.

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