Emmy-winning movie director, editor joins faculty at Western Carolina

CULLOWHEE – Motion picture director, writer and editor Jack Sholder is the latest Emmy Award-winner to join the faculty at Western Carolina University.

Jack Sholder

Jack Sholder

Western Chancellor John W. Bardo announced Monday, Sept. 20, the selection of Sholder for the position of producer/director in the studios of the Center for Applied Technology at Western. He will hold the rank of professor in the department of communication, theatre and dance. The appointment is effective immediately.

Sholder will be working closely with Bruce Frazier, who was twice recognized with Emmy Awards by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for contributions to dramatic underscore and sound mixing before leaving Hollywood. Frazier joined the university faculty in 1998 as the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in Commercial and Electronic Music.

Director of “The Hidden,” “Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” “Renegades” and HBO’s “By Dawn’s Early Light,” Sholder recently directed “12 Days of Terror,” a television movie about a famous series of shark attacks that occurred in New Jersey in 1916.

Sholder won an Emmy Award for his editing work on “ 3-2-1 Contact,” and his film “The Hidden” has been called one of the 10 most underrated movies of the 1980s by Premiere magazine. He was an editor on 1970’s “King – From Montgomery to Memphis,” nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.

During his career, Sholder has worked with such acclaimed actors as Kiefer Sutherland, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Courteney Cox, Rip Torn, Rebecca de Mornay and Jack Palance. He has won awards at several national and international film festivals, including the Brussels Film Festival, Avoriaz Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, American Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival.

“The addition of Jack Sholder to our faculty brings to our communication program an international perspective on what it means to produce, direct, edit and write for the screen, both for motion pictures and for television,” Bardo said. “We are thrilled to have a professional with such high-caliber credentials join us to help build a national-class video and audio production program at Western.”

Located in Western’s Center for Applied Technology, the audio and video studios will include $4.5 million worth of leading-edge video cameras, recording console, video switcher and video editing stations. When complete, it will offer students the opportunity to learn and refine skills needed in the motion picture, recording and digital video industries.

Workers are putting finishing touches on the studios, which feature the same type of camera used to produce the latest “Star Wars” movie and the same type of video switcher used for broadcasts of “Monday Night Football” and “The Tonight Show.” The team of Sony engineers who installed the equipment at Western left Cullowhee to go to Athens to equip the NBC studios that broadcast coverage of the Olympics.