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Emily D. Edwards

Emily D. Edwards has been a television news reporter, producer, copywriter, and television art director for NBC and ABC affiliates in Alabama and Tennessee. She was the Director of the Broadcast Sequence at the University of Alabama in Birmingham until she joined the faculty at UNCG in 1987. The producer or director of more than sixteen films, Edwards has also published articles on documentary filmmaking, popular music, the occult and popular culture in journals such as The Journal of Film and Video, TDR, Southern Speech Communication Journal, Southern Folklore, Sex Roles, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Journal, Popular Music and Society, and The International Documentary Association Magazine, among others. She has contributed chapters to books such as Current Research in Film, Hauntings and Poltergeists, and Adolescents and Their Music. Her chapter “The Transgressive Toke: Art and Misdemeanor in Deadhead Imagery” will be published in the book, From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse in 2010. Edwards’ own book, Metaphysical Media: Occult Experience in Popular Culture (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005) is an in-depth discussion of the presentation of a wide spectrum of the occult in popular media and serves as a comprehensive sourcebook of movies and television programs that deal with supernatural characters and themes. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Film and Video. Edwards’ documentary and narrative films have received awards from Boomtown Film and Music Festival, Moondance Film Festival, The George Lindsey Film Festival, Accolade, and the BEA National Festival of Media Arts, UFVA Faculty competitions, Bare Bones International Film Festival (among others) as well as screenings through festivals, distribution companies, and television broadcasts nationwide. She may be best known for the documentaries, Deadheads: An American Subculture (Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1990); Wondrous Events (Penn State Media, 1995), and Wondrous Healing (Stanley Stern Parallel Lines, 2005). Edwards has received awards for screenwriting in the University Film and Video Production Screenwriting competitions, Twin Rivers, the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), Bare Bone International Screenwriting competitions among others. She was a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship competition in 2002. With musician Max Drake, Edwards completed a music CD of music created for the narrative feature film, Bone Creek, which won the 2009 Moondance Film Festival award for the best soundtrack. Tracks from the CD have aired on radio stations Internationally, including Radio Holstebro in Denmark, 98.9 FM Brisbane in Australia, and CKIA-FM (Montreal, Canada) among others.

There are 8 included publications by Emily D. Edwards :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Children's Construction of Fantasy Stories 1988 1338 While much work has been done on sex role development in children, conflict resolution, and sex role stereotyping in literature and television, little research has investigated conflict resolution and stereotyping in the fantasies children create the...
Firewalking: A Contemporary Ritual and Transformation 1998 775 Firewalking is an ancient ritual that can be categorized as a wondrous performance with a powerful effect on believers. The New Age movement is reviving the ceremony through workshops and seminars. The event involves a form of mutual social pretense ...
The Incubus in Film, Experience, and Folklore 1996 1368 The incubus motif, prevalent in American horror movies, displays a victim, usually female, subjected to sexual attack by an unnatural entity during sleep or a sleep-like state.1 This study tests a hypothesis derived from the theory that media images ...
The Iniquitous Undertaker: Legends of Oscar and Mary Fischer 1998 584 Although a few contemporary media accounts such as Night Shift (1982), My Girl (1991), and the short-lived television series Frank's Place (1987- 88) offer more humanized portraits of the undertaker, conventional stereotypes portray a distrust of the...
Intercollegiate and Community Collaboration: Film Productions for Students and Community Volunteers 2009 201 The “Tribulations” of Collaborations the collegiate system puts much stronger emphasis on intercollegiate competition than it does collaboration, so the idea of intercollegiate collaboration carries a peculiar burden even for film and video producti...
Mass Media Images in Popular Music 1984 540 Symbolic interactionists Kenneth Burke1 and Hugh Duncan2 have stressed that social interaction is not a process, but a dramatic expression, an enactment of roles by individuals who seek to identify with each other in the search to create a social sch...
Mixed Race Hollywood: A Review 2009 537 Mixed Race Hollywood is a collection of essays that could not be timelier. As popular media, journalists, and citizen bloggers actively dispute the impact of President Barack Obama’s election on attitudes toward race, editors Mary Beltràn and Camilla...
To Be Rather than to Seem: Liberal Education and Personal Growth through Documentary Production 2002 213 Caretakers of classical liberal arts curricula have historically considered media production courses as one more area where the liberal arts have caved in to the pragmatic vocationalism and careerism often demanded by students and their parents. The ...