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Sergio Ingato ’15, Mason Sklut ’14, and Maggie Sloane ’14 co-produced the film “BrocKINGton,” which premiered Sept.13 at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

The 8-minute short film explores the life of transgender student Blake Brockington, who was named homecoming king at his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brockington discusses his experiences, both positive and negative, regarding growing up with a transgender identity in the culture of the South.

The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film festival showcases films that address controversial issues like culture, race, sexual identity, immigration and religion…

In other words, congratulations to these exceptional students for striving to make an impact with their relentless ambition.

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A selection of student projects from the elondocs production program will be screening on Wednesday April 24th at 6pm in McEwen 011 as a part of Celebrate! week.  Madeline Carlin’s We Will Prevail, Alex Hadden’s Beyond Superman, Sean Dolan’s Hear for Me, Mary Johnson’s Kid Issues, Mason Sklut’s Beekeeper, and Heather Cassano’s Crystal Mann are some of the films that will be shown.  We Will Prevail recently played at the RiverRun International Film Festival and Hear for Me won the NC Campus Compact Documentary Film Shorts Competition.  The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers in attendance.


Madeline Carlin’s elondoc We Will Prevail screened twice at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.  The film profiles a gay couple who have been together for forty-eight years and their advocacy of equality in the state of North Carolina.  We Will Prevail was Carlin’s elondocs production program final project.

Article in Winston-Salem Journal

Article in the Pendulum


Heather Cassano

Heather Cassano is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, and is majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment. She has just returned from a semester abroad in Denmark and loves to travel. Heather also has minors in Religious Studies and Sociology. She hopes to combine all of her interests into a career in documentary filmmaking.

Sean Dolan

Sean Dolan is an Elon senior majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment with a minor in History.  Last year, he spent the fall semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, while also traveling to France and Austria.  Having worked on music video production and long-form news pieces, Sean looks to explore the documentary as an ideal blend of those interests.  He currently works as a public address announcer for Elon Athletics and hopes to enjoy a career of various video production works.  His favorite documentary is It Might Get Loud, and his hobbies include swimming, playing guitar, and being silly.

Devon Gailey – Recruitment

Devon Gailey is a rising sophomore from Thomasville, NC. She is working on her bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Entertainment with a concentration in Cinema. She is also pursuing a double minor in Theater Arts and Multimedia Authoring. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the elondocs community and hopes to enhance her skill set in both filming and editing.


Mary Johnson – Publicity

Mary Johnson is a rising sophomore with a communication science major and a minor in business administration.  Mary loves how documentaries can illuminate unique perspectives and provide educational entertainment. She looks forward to learning more about how documentaries are created so she can create one that expresses a topic important. Mary also looks forward to recording and sharing the elondocs experience as a one of the publicity members on the team.


Bia Jurema – Publicity

Born and raised in Brazil, Bia Jurema now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina where she is a Media Arts&Entertainment/Cinema major and a Communications Fellow at Elon University. Minoring in Human Service Studies and as a Periclean Scholar, Bia also looks forward to bringing about change through service. As an ambitious 19-year-old, Bia has always dreamt big. elondocs is another crucial step in her career that will allow her to not only grow as a person, but as a student of film.


Emma Kwiatkowski

Emma Kwiatkowski is a sophomore from Mendham, New Jersey.  She is majoring in Media Arts and Entertainment.  During her freshman year, she was a member of Cinelon, a host on WSOE, and is a co-founder of a comedy improvisation club that will begin in the fall.


Olivia Pohl

Olivia Pohl is a junior at Elon University. She is a Media Arts and Entertainment major with a concentration in narrative cinema. She grew up in southern California and attended high school in Dayton, Ohio. In all the places she has lived she was struck by the beauty of nature and the kindness of strangers, which inspires her in her work today. She has done production work on numerous student films and a couple professional feature length films. She is new to the documentary world, but is excited to take a new path and find stories based off real people/experiences.


Mason Sklut – Student Coordinator

Mason Sklut is a junior Media Arts & Entertainment major and Jewish Studies minor from Charlotte, North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor photography, hiking, cooking, and learning about religions. A personal hero, Rabbi Heschel once said, “the opposite of good is not evil, but indifference,” which is a motto that Mason likes to live life by. As an aspiring documentary-maker, Mason wants to eradicate injustice and give a voice to those who are silenced in our society through his films.


Katherine Wise

Katherine Wise is a senior majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Broadcast, and International Studies with a regional interest in Africa. She hopes to combine her interest in service and humanitarian affairs with visual story telling. In the future, she would like to work in the communications department for an international NGO or non-profit. In addition to elondocs, she’s working as the International Editor for the Pendulum and is the LINCS for Loaves and Fishes with EV! Volunteers.


Rising senior Alex Hadden ‘s short documentary Beyond Superman has been selected to be a part of the Light Factory’s 12th Annual Filmmakers’ Showcase Thursday May 31st at 7pm in Charlotte, NC.  Beyond Superman was created as a part of the elondocs production program.  It is a short documentary about the production of comic books. A young comic book artist, comic book store owner and former Marvel editor explore the challenges of the creative process and breaking into the comic book industry. Image



Students from the elondocs production program attended the four-day Full Frame Documentary Film Festival this weekend.  They were able to see a variety of documentaries including the premiere of Ross McElwee’s “Photographic Memories” and a new documentary about the legendary athlete Jesse Owens.  Along with films the students also attended workshops with award winning documentarians Stanley Nelson, Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan.  The students in photo from left to right are Alex Hadden, Catherine Creeden, Gaby Leibowitz, Sam Siberini, and Maddie Carlin.