Alumni Spotlight

Many of our students have gone on to careers in the film and television industry; others are pursuing academic careers teaching film. This page is a work in progress, so if you are a Film Studies alum and we've lost track of you, please drop the Film Studies Director an email about what you're doing, and we’ll add you to the list!

Kevin M. Flanagan (M.A. 2009) is a Visiting Lecturer in Film Studies and English at the University of Pittsburgh. His main research interests include British film and television, arts documentary, adaptation studies, genre, and media history. He received his Ph.D. from Pitt in 2015. In June 2016, he was a Guest Curator at the British Film Institute, where he co-curated the "Architecture on TV" season. Flanagan is editor of Ken Russell: Re-viewing England’s Last Mannerist (2009, Scarecrow Press) and his essays have been published in a number of journals.

Robert Greene (B.A. 2000) is a filmmaker and writer. His latest film, Kate Plays Christine (2016), has won multiple awards, including a Jury Award for Writing at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. His previous critically acclaimed documentaries include Fake It So Real (2011) and the Gotham Awards-nominated Kati With An I (2010) and Actress (2014). Robert has also worked as a writer and a post-production supervisor. Currently, Robert is the Filmmaker-in-Chief at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri. www.prewarcinema.com


Cory Livengood (B.A. 2006) graduated with a double major in Film Studies and Communications. He was a Motion Graphics Designer/Video Editor at Centerline Digital until 2015 when he and Mack Garrison, another NCSU alum, founded Dash Studio, located in Raleigh, and have produced content for companies such as IBM, Lowes, and Red Hat.

Nancy McVittie (M.A. 2008) received her M.A. in English with a concentration in Film Studies from NCSU. In 2013, she received her PhD in Screen Arts and Cultures from the University of Michigan. She is currently a faculty member in the department of Communication, Media & Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and has been a consultant in the student writing center program for the City Colleges of Chicago since 2013. In September 2016, her first book “Fade to Gray: Aging in American Cinema” (co-authored with Timothy Shary) was released by University of Texas Press.

Russell Mick (B.S. 2000) graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and also a minor in film. His minor in film ignited his passion for cinematography and motion pictures, which led him to getting his A.S. in Film/Video from Full Sail. He started Running Man Pictures in 2014 when he decided to start building his own brand. The company is based in Tallahassee, FL, but travels all over the south, and most recently have produced works for ESPN and HGTV.

Kieran Moreira (B.A. 2011) In 2012, his debut short film, The Weaver, which he directed and edited, screened at the prestigious Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC and won “Best Editing” at the Carrboro Film Festival 2012. Kieran’s most recent film, Harbinger (2014), became a passion project during his time at local Raleigh production studio, Drawbridge Media. Spanning roughly twenty days of production, the film shot in over 17 unique locations across the state of North Carolina. It won “Best Narrative Short ­Drama” at the 2015 Longleaf Film Festival and the “Excellence in Filmmaking” award at the 2014 Carrboro Film Festival. Kieran has worked in the industry for over five years within the corporate, commercial, and ad agency spaces. His assistant editing credits include programming on TLC and UP networks.

Kali Navé (B.A. 2006) graduated with a double major in film studies and mediated communication. She has worked in print, mobile, online, and audio advertising since graduation. She currently lives in Boston and is the Manager of Advertising Operations at PRX for all PRX/Radiotopia podcasts. She records voice-overs, creates short stories and films, and sings in a band called Rocking Horse Rodeo during her free time.

David Orr (B.A. 2010) is currently a production manager at Trailblazer Studios in Raleigh, NC where he works on the DIY series Salvage Dawgs.  Since graduating from NC State with a B.A. in film studies, David has worked in various production roles on commercials, still photo shoots, and television series, which include Lizard Lick Towing (truTV), Los Jets (NuvoTV), and Southern Uncovered with the Lee Brothers (Ovation).

Shayne Pepper (Ph.D. 2011) completed his doctoral work in the CRDM program at NC State. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago where he teaches courses in film and media studies. His research agenda is at the intersection of popular media, political activism and public service. His work on HBO’s HIV/AIDS programming has appeared in academic journals and edited book collections.


Tori Pratt (B.A. 2010) graduated with a double major in Film Studies and Media Communication. She is currently working as the Lead Senior Digital Strategist at Atlantic BT, a technology consultancy in Raleigh, NC.


Brian Santana (M.A. 2005) graduated from The George Washington University in 2012 with a PhD in American Studies. He then taught in the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University from 2012-2015. He is now currently a faculty member in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University. He has published on a diverse range of subjects, from 19th century American culture and literature, to contemporary film history, and American visual culture.