Anne Ward, MFA

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Tuesday: 1:00- 2:00 p.m.
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MFA, Film/Video Production, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
B.A., American Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Improv training at Second City Training Center



Currently Teaching (Spring 2023)

COM 2416 Video Production
COM 3301 Writing for Electronic Media
COM 3313 Prof Ethics Electronic Media

Courses Taught

COM 1600 Fundamentals of Electronic Media
COM 2416 Video Production 1
COM 3301 Writing for Electronic Media
COM 3313 Professional Ethics in Electronic Media
COM 3316 Television Studio Production
COM 3320 Audio Video Production

Teaching and Research Specialties

Video Production
Writing and doumentary storytelling
Storytelling across media platforms
Media production with an emphasis on story development
Documentary production
Freelance writing for corporate clients

Selected Publications

My work has aired on WTTW Chicago, PBS and in multiple film festivals.
Essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Parent.
Corporate clients include Fortune 500 companies like Abbott, Kraft, Motorola, Microsoft and others.

Research Interests

Focused on documentary production with an emphasis on sharing stories about Appalachia as told by people who live in the region. 

Peer-Reviewed Screenings & Exhibitions

2021 – Fog Likely Farm: An Appalachian Story, a documentary short about the life lessons that came from living on Fog Likely Farm, located in Deep Gap, North Carolina (RT – 27:35), was the official selection in the following film festivals and screenings:

  • 2021 RiverRun International Film Festival held in 2021 both virtually and in Winston-Salem, NC due to Covid. This is a peer-reviewed, Oscar® qualifying festival, established in 1998.
  • 2021 University Film and Video Association – selected for screening at the international association’s annual conference. UFVA was established in 1947 and is “the leading association in the United States dedicated to the promotion and study of moving image practice in higher education.”
  • 2021 Footcandle Film Festival, based in Hickory, NC. Peer-reviewed national film festival established in 2015 to bring “unique, challenging and entertaining films to western NC.”
  • 2021 North Carolina Longleaf Film Festival, based in Raleigh, NC. Peer-reviewed regional festival established in 2015. Screenings were held virtually this year due to COVID.

2019 – Watauga County USA – developed and launched the website for this ongoing multimedia project; began populating the website with stories. This project incorporates video, stills and text to tell the multifaceted story of Watauga County, an influential county located within Appalachia. Portions of this project were included in the following exhibitions:

  • 2021 Exhibitor, Watauga County USA multimedia website included in: “From Here: The Bioregional Imagination in Recent Art by Appalachian State University Professors” at the Hiddenite Art and Heritage Center, Hiddenite NC.
  • 2020 Exhibitor, Fine and Applied Arts Faculty Biennial. Featuring images and words from our Watauga County USA multi-media project.

2018 – A Father’s Dream, a documentary short (RT – 6:54) about the family influences that inspired fine-woodworker David Finck, based in Western North Carolina, to move his career from fine woodworking into violin-making, was the official selection in the following peer-reviewed film festivals.

  • 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, held in Newport Beach, CA. Peer-reviewed international festival established in 1999.
  • 2018 Blackbird Film Festival, documentary category, held in Cortland, NY. Peer-reviewed national festival established in 2015. In 2018, Blackbird reviewers accepted only seven percent of submissions to be screened.
  • 2018 North Carolina Longleaf Film Festival, held in Raleigh, NC. Peer-reviewed regional festival established in 2015.
  • 2018 Boone Film Festival, Boone, NC. Peer-reviewed regional festival established in 2015.
Title: Assistant Professor, Electronic Media/Broadcasting
Department: Department of Communication

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-2408

Office address
Beasley Media Complex 222