The Council

The Council is a short film that follows three eighth-graders as they navigate their way through the challenging landscape of middle school politics. The tension is high as Leah, Cara, and Ryan compete to represent their school.

10th Annual Virginia Mentoring Awards

The Virginia Mentoring Partnership has awarded the Virginia Mentoring Awards to two outstanding mentors and two outstanding mentoring organizations. These are their stories. Bruce Lalonde has been mentoring Harry Dews and Langston Scott for more than four years through the Team Up mentoring program. Alicia Meyer is a mentor and volunteer at Blackwell Elementary School through […]

Born into Coal

  Coal queen pageant contestant Arianna Bailey competes for a crown to represent her family’s way of life. Former miner Goose Stewart lives with the memories of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. One thing binds both families: coal. Born into Coal was produced by Catherine Orr and Cath Spangler as part of the Carnegie and Knight […]

Brasstown Beef

Steve Whitmire’s family has been farming in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina since the early 1800′s. As a kid, Steve’s chore was to look after the lone family cow. Today Steve oversees a much larger herd of Angus/Braunvieh cattle on 1,000+ acres in Brasstown, North Carolina, ensuring they always have sufficient spring water, […]

Dreams Delayed

  Dreams Delayed is a multimedia documentary web project that Catherine produced in 2011 for her masters thesis at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, School of Media and Journalism. The goal of the project is to tell the overarching story of access to higher education for undocumented students using three different stories: The story of […]