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View/Listen: Final Projects from Fall 2013 Continuing Education Certificate Recipients

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From Jim Adams’ project “Gaining Balance”

Jim Adams Gaining Balance | Audio

Jim Adams’ audio project was born out of his struggle to make sense of a deep personal loss. The piece was created from interviews with his brother,  father, and his own audio journals.

Adams grew up in a small town in Indiana, and studied at the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University. He moved to North Carolina in 1986 and worked as an architectural illustrator before studying art and blacksmithing at the John C. Campbell Folk School and Penland School of Crafts. Since 1999 he has worked as a painter and sculptor.

Carol Edmonds Meet the People | Video

Carol Edmonds traveled from Asheville to Morehead City interviewing folks who are trying to get the medical attention they need. Her documentary is about some of the 560,000 qualified North Carolinians who have been denied Medicaid benefits by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Edmonds grew up in rural Guilford County, North Carolina. After retiring from a career as a computer systems analyst, she got involved in photography and then videography when she began taking classes at CDS.

Chip Howell | Southern Psychic | Video

Whether they are prognosticators or con artists, psychics answer a powerful human need to know what’s ahead and beyond. In the U.S., there are estimated to be almost eighty thousand practitioners in the psychic-services industry, and some fifty-two million Americans have sought their services. Approximately 27 percent of psychics practice in the Southeast. Southern Psychic is about the psychic industry in our community and an up-close exposé of one psychic who believes her work improves people’s lives.

Chip Howell began working in video while still in high school, work he continued as an undergraduate at East Carolina University. He is currently an independent producer of short corporate videos for use on the Internet.

Theo Martins One Day, Never Mind | Video

Martins’ documentary captures one day in the life of the rock band Nirvana, October 4, 1991, when they performed at Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in one of their last moments as a band unknown to the mainstream. At the time, Nirvana barely registered on the rock scene, but they had just released the now-legendary album Nevermind.

Theo Martins is a Brazilian photographer whose work has been published in several Brazilian news outlets, including Caros Amigos, Educação, Você S/A, and Opera Mundi. He worked as an audiovisual supervisor at MZ Group, a multinational corporation based in São Paulo, for five years. Martins’s photographs can be seen online at www.theomartinsphotography.com.

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Still from “One Day, Never Mind,” directed by Theo Martins (photo by Jeanne Snodgrass)

Bill Wagner After Grandma Died | Video

Until he was a teenager, Bill Wagner had a great relationship with his mother’s parents. What he didn’t know was that his mother and grandmother had a long history of discord. When his mother turned forty she stopped seeing her parents entirely, which meant that Wagner stopped seeing them as well. His film explores the reasons for the family rift, documenting the personal discoveries he made and the secrets he unearthed along the way.

Wagner grew up in upstate New York and has lived in North Carolina for most of the last twenty-three years. He earned a graduate degree in nurse anesthesia in 1995. Wagner’s passion for documentary work led him to study at CDS, where he has been a certificate student for nine years.

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