Who is involved

julieJulie McElmurry, MS, MA

Executive Director

Hi. I’m North Carolinian Julie McElmurry, a self-taught documentary filmmaker. I created The Charlotte Film School in 2017 because

a.)I wanted to create workshops in Charlotte to improve my own filmmaking skills in the company of others.

b.)I love bringing  people together to meet and connect so they can go on to do great things together.

c.)I love adult education in all its varied, colorful forms.

I invite the only the very best local working professionals who are down-to-earth and know how to teach fellow adults who want to learn filmmaking skills from them. Film making is not rocket science.

My own past experience of teaching adults in myriad formal and informal settings, teaching a college service learning class (22 semesters), planning events (large and small) and coordinating a summer graduate school program (4 years) prepared me for this, my favorite challenge of all: innovating & experimenting with this unconventional way of teaching and learning.

Come learn with us. Don’t let fear get in your way. Don’t feel insecure or assume you are “not qualified”. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. Come join us.

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Our Fall, 2018 Teachers

Rodney Stringfellow Bio

Rodney Stringfellow

“Screenwriting for People who are already Good Writers”

October 20th

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Rodney is an educator and screenwriter who has written episodes of children’s series for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, PBS Kids, BBC, Peach Blossom Media – Singapore, and Sesame Workshop. He has also written three theatrical productions for Koba Entertainment (Canada). In 2012, he was honored with two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing/Animation and Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series. Rodney also served as Director of Development for Dorado Entertainment, a NYC-based television production company.
Rodney currently teaches courses in screenwriting, film history and video production at UNC Charlotte. He received the College of Liberal Arts Part-time Lecturer Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014. Previously, Rodney taught screenwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY. Rodney holds a BA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University and a MS in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.


Michael Quigley

teaching “Audio Production for Filmmakers taught by Michael Quigley”

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Michael Quigley“Michael Quigley is a lifelong creator. His work commonly evolves to be
multimedia in nature. Current explorations include the intersection of
music, cinema and computer software. For several decades, he has had an
intense focus on music and audio production. Michael’s most recent work,
“Nine Vectors of Entry”, was achieved through a combination of custom
software development, unusual musical composition, and innovative
Michael is currently focusing on integrating film into his creative
process, with the goal of providing a fresh, modern perspective on the
concept of musical cinema.”




Chip White


tr Chip WhiteCo-Founder of Stack 3 Productions, Chip is originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC and is the younger brother of Wheel of Fortune’s famous letter turner, Vanna White. He has more than 30 years of experience in the film and
TV business. Chip moved to LA in the early 80’s and spent the next 20 years working for some of Hollywood’s biggest companies, including King World, Sony, MTV, Vh1, Nickelodeon, and Discovery. In 2005 he relocated back to the Carolinas where he produced for SPEED, Fox Sports, Wells Fargo, Coke, and Duke Energy. In 2016 he was a producer on INSP’s feature films Heritage Falls and County Line. He has also produced four of Shea Sizemore’s multi-award winning short film, A Chess Player, My Luchador, Crab Trap and the soon to be released Black Dispatch. Chip continues to produce and develop projects under the Stack 3 banner.


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Mia Davis

Curates indie films & them 2-3 times monthly in a casual film festival atmosphere with Q&A

Mia Davis has watched thousands of movies (over 500 movies in 2018 so far as of mid-March, 2018) as she curates selections for her series of film screenings called Queen City Cinephiles. While many film festivals treat us to a handful of movies once a year, Mia Davis is tirelessly watching submissions from all over the world (and locally) and choosing the best of the best to show in themed screening nights around Charlotte. Best of all, each film is followed by a discussion so come on out to what is essentially an entire film festival several times a month! Oh, and she will be teaching a class for Charlotte Unconventional Film School from her unique perspective as a screener who has spent thousands of hours watching indie films.

Find her events here: https://www.facebook.com/QCCinephiles/


Joshua Overbay

Workshop on Producing + Directing the Ultra Low Budget Movie

October 13th

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The Art and Craft of Directing Short + Feature Films

November 7th

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Film Editing is where the power is!

November 28th

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tr josh headshotJoshua Overbay (MFA) is a director, producer, and writer of narrative feature films. In 2014, he released the award-winning feature film, As It Is in Heaven. After playing in theaters across the United States, The NY Times deemed it a “Critic’s Pick”, while The Hollywood Reporter described it as “ominous” and “quietly compelling.”

In 2015, his second feature film Hope Bridge was released, and is currently available for purchase at any WalMart, Target, or Best Buy.  His third feature film, Luke and Jo, is on the major film festival circuit and will be released near the end of 2018.

With Before As It Is in Heaven, Overbay garnered over 30 awards for his short films. His film Transposition was a 2009 National Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Film and Television at Western Carolina University where he teaches filmmaking, directing, editing, screenwriting, and visual effects.


Find him on IMDB: http://solisfilms.com/our-work/