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Carolyn Macartney

Carolyn Macartney

Carolyn Macartney

Associate Professor

Carolyn Macartney made her first film with a Double 8mm film camera that she found in her granny’s attic to accompany electronic music she had composed. Having a background in fine art and experimental filmmaking, Macartney is motivated by visual language and works in hybrids of narrative, experimental and documentary genres. Her award-winning films have enjoyed success in screenings and festivals around the world including Rooftop Films New York, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film Festival and Deep Ellum Film Festival, and have won prizes at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival, Houston Worldfest and other juried screenings.

Macartney has fourteen years of experience as a director of photography. She has shot four feature-length narrative films as well as numerous music videos, spots, promos, short films and documentaries. Work for which she was the cinematographer has aired on Showtime, VH1, MTV and PBS and has been screened at festivals including SXSW, Los Angeles Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Margaret Meade International Film Festival, plus screenings at the Museum of Modern Art and limited theatrical runs in New York City. Macartney’s award-winning still photography has been published and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. Among other honors, she received an award for music composition, a DAAD scholarship to study painting in Berlin, Germany, and most recently, a Kodak Faculty Scholars Award. Macartney has traveled widely, has lived in five different countries and at least as many states. She currently calls Dallas, Texas her home.


CTV Production classes, including Basic Audio and Video Production, 16mm Production, Narrative Production, Cinematography, Media Career Preparation, and New Media


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Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Communication Studies

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies



Faculty and Staff

Summer Film Production

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