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Dallas DJ Jay Clipp has dedicated his life’s work to making and mixing music. He’s the subject of a documentary by University of North Texas graduate student Tuarean Hodge.

UNT presents work by grad students

Eight films created by University of North Texas students pursuing degrees in the Department of Radio, Television and Film’s documentary filmmaking program will be presented in a free screening tonight, followed by a question-and-answer session with the student directors.

The screening starts at 7 p.m. in Room 184 in UNT’s Radio, TV and Performing Arts Building, one block west of Welch and Chestnut streets.

All of the students are completing their first year of the three-year Master of Fine Arts program in documentary film. Professor Tania Khalaf said the class is designed to mirror a real-world production environment.

The documentaries include:

Critterman — A glimpse into the work life of David Klevin, also known as “Critterman,” who has been educating people on critters in the North Texas region for more than 20 years. Directed by David Goodman.

When the War Came to Texas — The story of how a young German soldier crossed paths with a young private from Tennessee at a World War II POW camp in rural Texas. Directed by Ashlea Sigman.

Preserving More Than History: The Legacy of Roy Graham — Architect Roy Eugene Graham devoted his career to preserving communities’ pasts through historic preservation. As he prepares for retirement, Graham reflects on his life’s work as he travels to the 2013 National Preservation Conference to receive the highest honor in his field. Directed by Garrett Graham.

Unconventional — A showcase of two very different men who seem to lead very different lives. The film reveals that these two men have more in common than one might think. Directed by Johnathan Martin.

New Perspectives: The Beginning of Queer Studies in Texas from the Perspective of Dr. William Beauchamp — A series of interviews are documented illustrating the foundation of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies class that, along its journey, would eventually be taught at Southern Methodist University. It was the first LGBT studies course taught in the North Texas region. Directed by Jakob Schwarz.

Supernatural Marriage — The story of a couple who have dedicated their lives to helping couples of all ages, ethnic groups and nationalities understand the meaning of marriage. The couple demonstrates that through biblical understanding and exercise, focusing on one marriage that was rebuilt from a broken marriage to a supernatural marriage. Directed by Robert Bowen.

DJ Jay Clipp — A portrait of Jay Clipp, a Dallas man who deejays for a living. The documentary follows his involvement in a DJ academy. Directed by Tuarean Hodge.

— Staff report


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