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This month’s Lobo show will feature the University of New Mexico’s Chair and Associate Chair in Film and Computational Arts to discuss, The transformative power of digital media education. The UNM Alumni Association event will be held at Mesa del Sol Film & Digital Arts on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.

President James Stone and Associate President Deborah Fort will discuss how the department trains the next generation of digital media professionals, how alumni are succeeding in various fields, and how film education can have an impact transformative on New Mexico’s economy. .

Stone led the transformation of the department’s curriculum to adapt to opportunities in the film, animation and gaming industry. He says this change has resulted in increased enrollment, a pipeline of skilled graduates finding jobs well paid at Netflix and other big companies and national attention for a department that is now a destination for international students.

In 2020, he collaborated with colleagues across the university on the Sustainable Water Resources Grand Challenge to create animations, podcasts, and short films explaining key water concepts.

Fort is an independent filmmaker educator. She is a professor in the cinema and digital arts department of UNM, teaching courses in video production and post-production. Her own creative work, primarily in documentary and experimental media, addresses issues of identity, perception and creative process, and has been exhibited internationally. Her feature documentary, “Everything Moves,” features improv performer Ruth Zaporah.

A tour of the facilities will take place after the presentation.

You will need to show proof of vaccination with ID or a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours. In-person capacity is limited to 110 people.

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