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Halcomb reflects on sabbatical and festival circuit

Feb 13, 2019

Professor Tracy Halcomb has had a whirlwind 2018 sabbatical, touring the festival circuit with her documentary on women in poker called “Cracking Aces: A Woman’s Place at the Table.” She and the film’s director, James H. Gilmore, have been everywhere to promote the film and have gained many accolades along the way.

Tracy Halcomb holding an Impact Docs award.

Halcomb stands next to the various film festival programs in which "Cracking Aces" appeared, while holding an Impact Docs award.

From the documentary’s home turf of Las Vegas for the Silver State Film Festival, to Italy for the FICTS Sports, Movies & TV 2018 Fest, she hasn’t had much time to rest. Which is fine for Halcomb, who enjoyed going to the various festivals and meeting professionals in the industry.

She was most awestruck in Milan when she met the Greek officials in the ministry of culture and sports.

“I was dumbfounded,” said Halcomb. “It was eye-opening in terms of the scope of exposure for international sport.”

Halcomb was also pleased when the film was chosen to show locally at the St. Augustine Film Festival in January. She said she was honored when she saw that Flagler College President Joseph G. Joyner was in attendance for the Friday evening premiere.

She’s currently most excited to see how the resources she’s learned about from her participation in the Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar will help her students. She sees opportunities with the Emmy’s and various directing projects opening up, as well as communication lines about jobs that students just otherwise wouldn’t hear about all the way over here on the east coast.

Looking forward now that she’s getting back into the flow of the academic semester, Halcomb said that she wants to continue highlighting women in her upcoming projects. One of those projects is a film which she intends on making student-heavy in the production process and will focus on all-female flight schools in operation during WWII and the Korean War.   

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