1st Annual Gold Reel Film Festival: Directions and Weather

Hi everyone,

For those attending the festival tonight, we have some information for you.

The location for parking is the “Cone Deck”. Cone Deck is right off of University Road. There is a parking cost which we could not get for free. We apologize about this, please bring cash with you!

The weather is looking bad tonight. Please be careful when coming to McKnight Hall!

If you have any questions, please email awatki29@uncc.edu for more information. See you there!

Reminder: Doors open at 6. Starts promptly at 7pm. We will have an intermission during the festival.

Here is the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/640945632621812/


1st Annual Gold Reel Film Festival

Film Poster Event

Please make sure you check out the Festival page! It has announcements, submission forms, and guidelines to submit!

Go there..now. Like, right now. Quit reading this and click the picture already (or click the page up top)!

Need for Speed

Our Teasurer of the Film Club posted a review on an advanced screening of Need for Speed. Check her review out!

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ImageNeed for Speed


Director: Scott Waugh

Rating: C+

   Starring Aaron Paul? Yes, please. The first trailer I saw for this film was not entirely impressive in my opinion. I had a preconceived notion that this would simply be another car movie with a sub par plot, and in some way I was right but there was a little more to it.

   Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a prominent figure in the illegal street racing world, and when his life is turned upside down (no pun intended), he is compelled to take a ride down memory lane (OK, that’s the last one I promise).

   I won’t beat around the bush; this film is insanely predictable. You can almost pinpoint which scene you’ll see next. The characters are exactly what you would believe them to be, and the story line follows a route that many films have already…

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An Open Letter and Request to the Almighty and Powerful Kevin Smith from the UNC Charlotte Film Club

Dear All Mighty and Powerful Kevin Smith,

We would like to welcome you to the Queen City…Charlotte, North Carolina! The UNC Charlotte Film Club is so excited that you have picked our fair city to film your latest awesome picture, Tusk, to film in. My name is Patrick (Vice President of the UNCC Film Club) and I am a huge fan of your work. I have listened to your talks for years and my favorite film of yours is Red State.

Your talks, podcasts, films…pretty much if you made a brand of butter we would be at the grocery store on day one to purchase it. I would buy the entire supply and rent a U-Haul to take to one our meetings. We would eat it for hours upon hours and then share the rest of our supply with strangers on the street. Silent Bob Butter would be so good it would give us all time travel powers and we would go back in time and buy the exact same butter supply before ourselves creating a rip in the space time continuum!

We would rip a hole in space and time itself for you. That is how much we love you dear sir.

Currently we are forming our own Justice League of Avengers from all over Mecklenburg County to call upon on you. We have a simple request. We would love for you to come and speak to us. If you just have five minutes to talk like Bane for us, we will sit our behinds down and listen. If we could even see you (we are not too creepy, we promise) we would appreciate it for years to come. We will do anything…well not anything, but things within reason. You want a pumpkin spice latte? We got it.

If not, that’s completely fine. Our small but dedicated group would still be there on day one to watch Tusk and whatever you do in the future.

Good luck on the film and we hope you continue your awesomeness throughout the universe!


The UNC Charlotte Film Club and Patrick Wisniewski

Captain Phillips

One of our film club officers reviews Captain Phillips!

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Captain Phillips


Director: Paul Greengrass

Rating: A

   Captain Phillips establishes himself as the main source of authority on his ship, while his crew is having a hard time adjusting to his strict persona. They soon flock to him for words of wisdom as four Somalian pirates board the ship in search for a big loot. 

   This film will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire duration of the movie. Phillips plays the good guy, attempting to give into the pirates’ wants in order to secure his crew’s safety. The pirates each have their own personalities, one being a hotheaded gunslinger, one being a young teen that you almost want to empathize with, and the other ‘captain’ in the story who desperately wants complete control. Of course things go awry and a chain of events are set in motion which pull the audience in…

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Instafestival Officially Announced!


Instafestival is here! We’re hosting a fall festival for Vine, Instagram, and smartphone videos! How awesome is that?!?!




Smartphone Video (Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, etc.)**


Submissions start NOW! The deadline for submissions for the festival is November 3 at 11:59 PM. The Festival will be held on November 13th, 6:30PM in the Student Union Movie Theater. If you make it into the festival, your admission is free. If you’d like to come to the festival  the admission price is $3 per person (Groups of 5 people are $12, Groups of 10 are $20). This money will help fund the upcoming Film Festival in the Spring, as well as provide UNC-Charlotte with awesome events like these!


  1. You may submit up to 10 videos (each may be for a different category, for example, 4 Vine, 4 Instagram, 2 smartphone)

  2. All videos submitted must not be altered in any way OUTSIDE of the apps. You can use filters, but nothing more. 

  3. All videos must have a PG-13 rating or LOWER. 

  4. No nudity, excessive profanity, sexual acts, gore, or illegal acts in the videos. Blood is allowed, as long as no one is actually hurt in the video.

  5. BE CREATIVE! Try not to use the same acts that are popular. For example, Gangnam Style is not original. Don’t do it.

**Smartphone videos are limited to 20 seconds and must not be altered in any program that creates special effects or adding other videos. 

Judging will be based on creativity, comedy (if it applies), and originality (yes, creativity and originality are different things).

How do I submit? 

Submissions must be tagged with @unccfilm in the comments of your video. Instagram and Vine are set up so that UNCCFilm can be tagged. If you have a smartphone video, you can upload it to YouTube and/or email the link to watkinsproduction@gmail.com.

Who can submit?

Anyone can submit if they’re in the local Charlotte area! Not just UNC Charlotte students can submit, but we’re opening up to others who would like to participate as well!

The top 3 in each category will be featured in this year’s 6th annual UNC-Charlotte Short Film Festival!


Well…quit READING and start CREATING!