Western Carolina University
The Western Carolina University student-created film “Jerry,” a dark comedy about a homeless man who comes back to haunt the local politician who ran him over, won the jury award for the best student film at the 2013 Asheville Cinema Festival.
“Jerry” was a film and television production program senior project that involved dozens of students in the School of Stage and Screen as well as students in the School of Art and Design and School of Music.
Accepting the award was WCU alumna Christy Conyers, director from Pittsboro, and student Andrew Dyson, producer from Spartanburg, S.C. In addition to Conyers and Dyson, the WCU student cast and crew of “Jerry” included writers G.M. Hill from Fort Mill, S.C., and Grant Hengeveld from High Point, and actors Hengeveld, Joseph Callahan from Shelby, Hannah Chatham from Statesville and Jaclyn Helms from Spruce Pine. The director of photography was Jason Ledford from Cherokee. Taylor Peasants from Lexington served as assistant director, and the editor was Mitchell Metz from Chapel Hill.