The magic of the movies happens on a silver screen, but it also occurs right here on campus.
Every year, UNC students’ creative visions are realized through their productions, exploring the different facets of filmmaking and their own storytelling ideas.
Several clubs, such as Lightwood Entertainment, facilitate this process, allowing students to explore writing, acting, directing and other production roles with a supportive community behind them.
“Lightwood is specifically for people of color who are looking for a creative, safe space at UNC to make film ideas and projects come to life,” Mikayla Sinclair, the club's co-head of campus operations and treasurer, said.
She said Lightwood typically starts multiple films per year, and they are currently finishing existing projects. Right now, the group is finishing the project they started last fall, “See How They Fly”, which Sinclair said they hope to release soon.
The film follows a group of friends — three Black men — navigating growing up, maintaining joy and finding their identity in an oppressive, capitalist society, she said. This is the project Sinclair said she is most excited about this year.
Sinclair also said the group strives to have a showcase to screen their films so those involved in the production can see the results of their hard work. Lightwood held its first premiere in the spring of 2022 for “Directions Not Included," which is now on YouTube.
Sinclair said filmmaking in college is special because the pressures of the real world have not set in yet.
“Filmmaking is really a release and it’s really a way to celebrate still being able to create with a community while you can,” she said.