Wilmington Filmmaker receives N.C. Artist Fellowship Award

Raleigh, N.C. (October 11, 2016) — Shannon Silva of Wilmington has received a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the category of film and video.

She is among 17 from across the state to receive the 2016–2017 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Artists receive a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline.

The N.C. Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. Songwriters, Composers, and Writers are eligible to apply for the Tuesday, November 1, 2016 deadline.

About Shannon Silva (Film/Video)

Shannon Silva’s first encounter with a movie camera was both a revelation and a moment of frustration.

“The first time I saw my uncle’s Army-issued 16mm Bolex camera, I was six years old and, hearing the camera run, it was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. I remember thinking very simply, ‘I want that camera, but I will never own one. It is too expensive… and it’s for boys.’ “

Silva has come a long way since that time. Not only has she succeeded in having the cameras she wants, but she has also been able to bring her creative focus to the lives of girls and women. Her feature-length documentary, It’s a Girl Thing: Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood, treats the challenges that girls face growing up in our American consumerist and celebrity-driven society.

In a new film, Red, she traces the story of her grandmother coming of age in 1940s rural North Carolina. Her commitment to women and film can also be seen in other ways, like the founding of the Wilmington Female Filmmakers Collective, which focuses on empowering women filmmakers through workshops, mentoring, and shared resources.

Silva has been director, producer, or writer on numerous films, which have been screened at the Atlanta, Cucalorus, Black Maria, and many other film festivals. She received the Best Social Documentary Award at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2012. An M.F.A. graduate of the University of Iowa, she is now Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

For more information, visit her website at http://itsagirlthingmovie.com.

For more information about the fellowship program of the North Carolina Arts Council visit http://www.ncarts.org/grants/grants-artists/artist-fellowships.

About The North Carolina Arts Council

North Carolina has long been recognized for rich traditions in crafts, literature, historical drama, and music. Since 1964, the N.C. Arts Council has worked to strengthen North Carolina’s creativity, invention, and prosperity through its four core functions: creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development initiatives; educating our young people; and researching the impact of the arts on our state. NCArts.org

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.