The statuses of films such as “Tenet,” “Mulan” and “Wonder Woman 1984” have been among the biggest stories in a COVID-19-ravaged entertainment industry this summer. However, student filmmakers at UNC have dealt with many of the same issues, having to delay or cancel several projects due to the pandemic.
"I think the idea of feeling bigger than yourself in a time that's very hard is quite moving.”
As Black Lives Matter protests renewed national conversations about race over the summer, Black artists at UNC were trying to think about how they could use their respective mediums to process their emotions and send a message. Here are some of their stories.
Nathan Vincent will release his new EP, "Cedar and Pine," on April 24, and states that hopes his music allows people to "rest in the messiness of life."
"It's a way to strengthen existing connections and to find new connections to other people and to ideas. Right now, when a lot of people are looking for ways to connect, it provides a unique opportunity because it's possible to collaborate and make art without being in the same room."
Using Spotify, live streaming and social media, the CPA at Home program encourages its users to reconnect with the performances they missed.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School arts teachers have had to get creative to continue teaching students online.
Much of the museum’s collection has been digitized and made available in an online catalog. Visitors can browse through featured selections from the collection and use keywords to search for their favorite works.
“Even after the virus and the epidemic passes us and everyone's reopened again, I still want to continue with these interviews,” Bakova Gallery owner Nick Baldridge said. “I hope people take away the entertainment value of it and the cultural relevance of it all.”
“Retweeting, engaging with content on social media platforms, commenting — all of that can provide a supportive and uplifting experience for everybody, whether you're the one enjoying the performance or the one participating in it.”
There are eight short stories dispensers across campus like this one in the Student Union. The short story dispensers feature the work of UNC students and local authors.