Award-winning documentary filmmaker appears at UCA

In conjunction with the third annual Little Rock Film Festival, award-winning documentary filmmaker Brent Renaud recently visited UCA to present a series of workshops as part of the Artists in Residence series.

Arkansas native Renaud, along with his brother Craig, makes up the brains behind several critically acclaimed films, including the Emmy-nominated drug addiction documentary Dope Sick Love; Off to War, which followed the deployment of a unit of soldiers in the Iraq War; Taking the Hill, which chronicled the journey of war veterans as they ran for political office and Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, which marked the 50-year anniversary of the controversial integration. The brothers have also produced shows for networks such as MTV, PBS, CBS and ESPN, to name a few.

The Renaud brothers’ films have been praised as “provocative,” “poignant,” and “powerful” by media outlets such as CNN, the New York Times and National Public Radio.

“We’re really excited to have Brent Renaud coming to UCA,” said Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, Director of Graduate Studies in UCA’s Digital Filmmaking Program and the faculty sponsor for the event, said. “He’s one of the best young documentary filmmakers in the country. He’s traveled the world and has made some of the most interesting documentaries of the past 10 years.”"I think our students and anyone interested in documentary filmmaking will learn a lot from Brent’s visit.” Hutchinson said.

For more information about Renaud, his brother and his work, visit www.renaudbrothers.com.

The Artists in Residence program is funded through UCA’s arts fee and administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information about the residency, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail MCastens@uca.edu.