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Event Date: February 22 - 24, 2019

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W. Trent Welstead

Trent was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia just outside of Richmond. Initially considering careers in architecture, computer science, and engineering, he ultimately found his passion for film—and the arts, in general—towards the latter half of his high school years. As a student of Virginia Tech, Trent produced nine short films, many of which have screened across the nation, and in several areas abroad, collecting several awards and nominations along the way. These cherished years—in particular, participating in two campus film competitions—allowed him to discover his love for working within deadlines. Recently graduated, Trent has garnered considerable experience producing creative content with limited resources, managing small teams in an effort to produce quality work. In August 2018, his short film Clock-Boy (2017) received distribution via Amazon Prime Video as a Top 25 selection from projects produced for the CampusMovieFest 2017-2018 National Tour.

Trent currently serves as Assistant Building Manager at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Virginia where he’s privileged to a kaleidoscope of creativity on a daily basis, including performing arts, visual arts, and immersive sound technologies. In his spare time, Trent enjoys watching and studying films, having amassed an extensive catalog of home video releases including labels such as The Criterion Collection, Arrow, and Kino, in addition to less prolific companies. He’s an avid fan of classic rock, particularly the music and history behind The Beach Boys, Def Leppard, Midnight Oil, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen, among other artists. Recently, he’s also been working on various critical essays, and creative writing pieces—new endeavors, as well as expansions of undergraduate assignments—in hopes of publishing a few documents in the near future. Lastly, Trent is currently taking the necessary steps to pursue an M.F.A. in Creative Producing, aiming for an August, 2020 enrollment.