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Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Featured as FCC Moving Mountains Speaker on Oct. 3

09/26/2018

Conrad Weaver, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, will be the featured speaker at the FCC Moving Mountains Speaker Series on Wednesday, October 3, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 
Weaver’s talk will focus on turning dreams into reality.
 
Known for his compelling cinematography, Weaver says he has “a passion for telling stories that matter.”
 
His most recent documentary, Heroin’s Grip, focuses on the heroin epidemic in Frederick County. The documentary shares stories of lives that have been shattered by heroin and opioid addiction and provides insight from healthcare and mental health workers, as well as law enforcement officers. The documentary premieres at FCC on September 26. Tickets are available here.
 
Weaver won a Mid-America Regional Emmy Award for his 2014 documentary, “The Great American Wheat Harvest.” The film follows custom harvesters who travel from Texas to the Canadian border harvesting crops for different farmers. His 2016 documentary, “Thirsty Land,” focuses on the drought and declining water resources in the western United States and the impact on farmers, communities, and the environment.
 
He’s currently working on a feature narrative film called “Scars of an Orphan,” based on a true story about a Ukrainian orphan girl.
 
“Telling stories that matter is so much more fulfilling than stories that only entertain,” Weaver said. “My responsibility in the world is to leave it a better place than when I arrived. If the films I produce can play a role in that, then I’ve been successful.”
 
Weaver is president and owner of ConjoStudios, a video production company based in Emmitsburg.
 
His talk is the first in the 2018-2019 Moving Mountain Speakers Series. The monthly series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives.
 
The sessions are free and open to the public and will take place in the JBK Theater, located inside the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus. No registration is required to attend. Teens and young adults who attend and sign in for three of the six sessions in an academic year are eligible to receive a certificate of leadership and participation.
 
In addition to Weaver, upcoming Moving Mountain speakers include:
 
Nov. 13, 2018
Eliane Coates, outdoor enthusiast, Appalachian Trail finisher
“Trekking Through Life: My Six-Month Journey on the Appalachian Trail”
 
Jan. 16, 2019
Charles and Sharon Riser, business owners, The TEMPLE: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
“Success and Leadership: It’s All About Relationships”
 
February 13, 2019
Darline Gilson and Briana Thezard, college students and co- founders of Vision 1804, a nonprofit serving Haiti
“Answering to Our Calling”
 
March 20, 2019
Charlie Smith, State’s Attorney for Frederick County
“Moving Mountains That Move”
 
April 10, 2019
James Hatch, cybersecurity and technology professor
"Interactive Cybersecurity: Are you ready?"
 
For more information about the series, contact Mike Pritchard at 301.846.2417.