University’s student filmmakers to hold virtual film festival Dec. 11

School of Journalism’s sixth annual Student Documentary Film Festival airs on Facebook Live

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Films will cover bicycle culture in Reno, a project making burritos for those in need, therapy dogs helping frontline workers, an environmental film about pinyon-juniper removal and a look at being local in Virginia City.

University’s student filmmakers to hold virtual film festival Dec. 11

School of Journalism’s sixth annual Student Documentary Film Festival airs on Facebook Live

Films will cover bicycle culture in Reno, a project making burritos for those in need, therapy dogs helping frontline workers, an environmental film about pinyon-juniper removal and a look at being local in Virginia City.

Old style video camera

Films will cover bicycle culture in Reno, a project making burritos for those in need, therapy dogs helping frontline workers, an environmental film about pinyon-juniper removal and a look at being local in Virginia City.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Reynolds School of Journalism professor Kari Barber’s documentary filmmaking class at the University of Nevada, Reno filmed new stories to bring to the big screen. With films documenting the Reno Burrito Project, quirky Virginia City and more, student teams will compete for best short documentary later this week.

On Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, the Reynolds School presents the sixth annual Student Documentary Film Festival, held for the first time online given current social distancing guidelines. The event is free to the public and begins at 6 p.m. via live stream on the Reynolds School’s Facebook page or through the event's Zoom link

“Student filmmaker teams braved the streets during a global pandemic to bring these stories of struggle and shared humanity to life in the form of short documentaries,” Barber said. “I really feel like there’s a lot the audience will learn about subcultures here in Reno and how we’re all connected through these five short films. I love seeing every year how these short documentaries and this event bring people in our community together.”

Films to be screened include “Paws for Purpose,” “On Two Wheels,” “For What a Tree’s Worth,” “Four Burritos” and “Winds of Change.”

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