CCAC Film Technician student named Next Generation Fellow at WQED

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Student’s short film to air on WQED-TV on Saturday, February 9Ash Warren.jpg


PITTSBURGH-Ash Warren, a Film Technician student at Community College of Allegheny County, has been named a Next Generation Fellow at WQED in Pittsburgh. Through the program, Warren is enhancing production skills and gaining real-world experience in the field of filmmaking. WQED Fellows learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own films. Warren is one of two individuals currently participating in the training program at WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation's first community-supported television station and home of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Warren recently finished production on a narrative short film, "A Visible Truth," through CCAC's Film Technician program, which will screen on WQED-TV on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:00 p.m. as part of Filmmakers Corner. The film deals with the subject of someone going out in public as transgender. Besides Warren, who wrote, directed, produced and edited the film, several other CCAC students contributed-they are: Elisabeth Allin, producer; William G. Stafford, director of photography; and Sydney Hefflin, first assistant director. As a Next Generation Fellow, Warren wants to learn as much as possible about what happens behind the camera in order to tell stories that connect viewers to the region and the wider world. For WQED, Warren is producing a documentary short on City of Asylum, a local organization for writers living in exile. The film is currently in production and will be completed in March. Prior to joining CCAC, Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies from The Ohio State University.

"For my films here at WQED, I want to focus on promoting people who are underrepresented or even forgotten in our society," said Warren. "As a Next Generation Fellow, I'm given the opportunity to create and to explore the issues that are important to this city. Through this fellowship, I want to advance my technical skills in filmmaking but, most importantly, I really just want to learn how to tell a good story."

The Film Technician program, which was launched at CCAC South Campus in January 2017, is designed to address the shortage of qualified crew members that occurs when the region has multiple film and TV projects. The focus is on getting industry professionals in the classroom and getting students ready for attainable work in the film industry. The program has expanded from a certificate to also offer an associate degree, and enrollment has grown from 30 to 130 students in the past year. Patrick Gaynard, assistant professor, recommended Warren for the fellowship because Warren is an "extremely astute student," who is thorough, works hard and never gives up.

To learn more about the Next Generation Fellowship at WQED, visit: A trailer for Warren's short film can be seen here: To learn more about CCAC's Film Technician program, go to:


Photo courtesy of WQED


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