Hollywood Actors Stephanie Cleough, Terry Dale Parks and Alex Knight to Star in SFUAD Student Film

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Santa Fe, N.M., January 31, 2017 - The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) recently hosted SAG-AFTRA actors Stephanie Cleough, Terry Dale Parks and Alex Knight on campus for the fifth annual Shoot the Stars!®, a program that immerses students in fully professional pre-production, production and post-production workflow alongside renowned industry mentors. Cleough, Parks and Knight play lead characters in the student-written, -directed, -produced and –edited short film, “Bleeding Hearts,” which centers on a young woman fighting to keep her sanity despite her haunted past.

Stephanie Cleough is a television actor who has a recurring role on the CW network’s “The Originals” (the spinoff from “The Vampire Diaries”), as well as in “Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Mentalist” and “CSI.” Cleough will play Brianna.

Terry Dale Parks is a veteran actor with almost 50 screen credits, including roles in the feature films “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and “Terminator Genisys,” and in television series “The Astronaut Wives’ Club,” “Nashville,” “Homeland” and “Longmire,” which is filmed largely at SFUAD’s Garson Studios. Parks will play the character Mel.

Alex Knight is one of New Mexico’s cherished character actors with roles in feature films “Sicario” and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials,” and in television series “Breaking Bad” “Preacher,” and “Manhattan” Additionally, he has a lead role in the very successful web series “Enter the Dojo,” and performs on stage with Tricklock Theater Company and the improv group The Show. Knight will play the character Eric.

“We are honored to have Terry Dale Parks, Stephanie Cleough, and Alex Knight join Season 5 of Shoot the Stars!® and share their experiences and talent with our students,” said Liam Lockhart, chair of The Film School at SFUAD. “This annual program enables our students to work in real-world Hollywood production scenarios, giving them a leg up in the profession when they graduate from Film School. Other departments continue to collaborate with the Film School during Shoot the Stars! as well, including the Contemporary Music Program for original songs, to wardrobe and background actors from the Performing Arts Department.”

“Bleeding Hearts” will be co-directed by students Michelle Bolin and PD Gleason. Bolin is majoring in Film Production with a minor in Fine Arts Studio, specifically painting, at SFUAD, where she was awarded the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Emerging Artist Scholarship. She has had the privilege of working on several short films, including the Wyoming PSA Campaign “Talk Early and Often,” feature films, music videos, commercials and theatrical productions. Gleason has served as the Creative Director for Cinecove Productions, and as a freelance producer for “Earth Day Texas 2016” and a freelance assistant director on the feature “Painted.”

Additional SFUAD students involved in the film include Producer Lia Gotz, Associate Producer Chris Castellanos, Cinematographers Michael Alvarez and Marshal Leming, and Screenwriter Mark Feigenbutz, a 2016 SFUAD graduate.

For more information, contact Rachael Lighty at 1-505-473-6440 or

About The Film School at SFUAD

The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers a relevant, hands-on BFA curriculum that emphasizes production skills, business savvy and storytelling across multiple film and video platforms. Films such as True Grit and Cowboys & Aliens and TV dramas such as Longmire have been shot at the university’s Garson Studios, where students have the opportunity to intern on professional productions on two motion picture soundstages—at 14,000 and 7,500 square feet. The Film School also has its own 2,200-square-foot soundstage and green screen. The Screen, a popular destination within the Garson Communications Center, shows some of the greatest works of world cinema daily for students and the public.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design. The university offers degrees in business, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, film, performing arts, photography and studio art. Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals. SFUAD boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts. Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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