ASHEBORO (June 8, 2018)
Randolph Community College’s photojournalism class recently created a short documentary project that was an official selection for the Long Leaf Festival in May at the North Carolina Museum of History. The weekend festival highlighted the best short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films that demonstrate a Tar Heel State connection.
“Carolina Cross,” the Photographic Technology students’ documentary on the 2017-2018 North Carolina Cyclo-Cross season, was also shown at the Praxis Film Festival in Goldsboro in May. Films selected for screening at Praxis are high quality independent films from across the United States and around the world.
Praxis organizers invited RCC Photojournalism instructor Jay Capers and RCC students Khadejeh Nikouyeh of Greensboro and Becca Benson of Raleigh to be part of a panel for festivalgoers and area high school students about filmmaking, according to Kevin Eames, department head for Photographic Technology at RCC. “The short documentary was shown with two pieces by Khadejeh as part of the eight films being discussed after viewing,” said Eames. “Also on the panel were instructors from Duke University and Elon University, an actress, filmmakers, and a graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design.”
Eames said the documentary was started in the Multimedia II for Photojournalism class and continued into Photojournalism II. Each student filmed two races, interviewed racers and fans, and collected supporting B-roll, natural sounds to accompany and support their interviews. The final piece was edited by Khadejeh Nikouyeh.
According to the documentary trailer, “Carolina Cross” profiles bicycle racers who crisscross North Carolina from September to January racing bikes in a sport known as Cyclo-Cross. Originating in France in the early 1900s, racers compete on a short course, with multiple laps through parks, fields, woods, mud, rain and snow. The photography class used Nikon and Canon dSLR cameras, Sony mirrorless cameras, Canon cinema cameras, GoPro point-of-view cameras, a drone and even an iPhone to capture the action.
The film is entered in several more film festivals and is scheduled to be shown on a Charlotte PBS station later in the fall. A trailer for the short documentary can be seen at https://vimeo.com/265094145.
RCC’s nationally known Photographic Technology program offers three concentrations: Commercial Photography, Photojournalism, and Portrait Studio Management. For more information on the programs, visit www.randolph.edu/photo.