University journalism students share Reno’s untold stories at documentary film festival on December 9

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Local stories bring the rich culture and heritage of the northern Nevada region to life. This fall, students in Kari Barber’s Documentary Film Making class at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism unearthed some of those stories.

On Thursday, December 9, the class will present the 2021 Documentary Film Festival, with four short documentaries. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held in person at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center Wells Fargo Auditorium and on Zoom. It is free and open to the public, and those interested can register to participate on Eventbrite.

Students worked in small teams for 15 weeks to plan, script, film, edit, and present each short documentary – a process that can take years for professional filmmakers. The films tell a variety of unique stories that represent local businesses, events and culture.

“Piconland” is the story of the quest for the traditional Basque drink from Nevada. “The Playa” explores the history and future of the world famous Burning Man festival in northern Nevada. “Import Empire” is about a local business owner and his quest to bring international anime culture to Reno. “El Alma de México” illuminates the rich and vibrant choreography and artwork of a local immigrant director.

“Northern Nevada has so many exciting and unique stories,” said Barber, associate professor of electronic media at the Reynolds School. “I like the ideas the students have come up with this year; I think they really show how special our region is.

Those interested can find out more and register to participate on the 2021 Student Documentary Film Festival website.

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