"The Visit" Wins 'Best Short' Award After World Premiere at 2022 North Carolina Black Film Festival

Our short film "The Visit" earned top prize in the short film category at the 17th Annual North Carolina Black Film Festival (NCBFF) on Sunday, March 27th.  The film had it's world premiere at the Hannah Block Historic USO Building/Community Arts Center  in downtown Wilmington, NC. Director Paul Grant and Producer Tracey Grant were present at the screening and convened a post screening Q&A with the standing room only crowd. The juried film festival was sponsored by the Black Arts Alliance of Wilmington. Their mission is 'to serve as a multidisciplinary vehicle for the advancement of African-American arts and culture, the Black Arts Alliance serves as an advocate for arts and artists, nurtures emerging and veteran artistic talent, and develops new works in the performing, visual, and literary arts.'  The NCBFF screened dozens of films by African American filmmakers over three days and closed with an Award ceremony at the Cameron Art Museum. Mroe screenings and festival dates to come!

It's Time: CDC releases new slate of World TB Day (2020) PSAs produced by Ascender Films

Even the middle of a pandemic related to novel Coronavirus COVID-19, Ascender Films team is pleased to continue to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the production of TB messages for World TB Day 2020.  This is our fourth year doing this work and we are always thrilled to work with the talented team at the CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination as they document the stories of U.S. TB survivors.

Seat Pleasant City Center (Event Site, 2015)

SeatPleasantCityCenter.com (Event Web Site)

Ascender was awarded a contract to design the web site and print advertising for City of Seat Pleasant new City Center Groundbreaking event in September 2012.   We were thrilled to serve. This historic and important event attracted nearly 3000 attendees and many more online viewers of the online video stream.


“A City of Excellence”

The City Center Project is a “Community of the Future”, an urban lifestyle in balance and harmony with the ecosystem that sustains life responsibly, organically and economically without sacrificing convenience.  This project will integrate innovative technology with creative architecture in urban environments to establish local self-reliance and security.  Yes, we are “Bringing Communities & Nature Together in Harmony.”

This development integrates innovative technology with creative architecture in urban environments to establish local self-reliance and security.  To that end, this development is an integrated, distributed, renewable, sustainable infrastructure and energy production project.  Enveloped within the project will be integrated photovoltaic (BIPV), micro turbine, combined cooling, heating & power (CCHP) buildings with geothermal micro turbine wind waste water and trash.



Seat Pleasant City Center (Event Site, 2015)

NHTSA 'Older Drivers' Awareness Campaign (2009)

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)  launched an educational campaign to help families determine when their aging parents should stop driving.  This video was produced by Ascender Communications in late summer of 2009 and released in early 2010 for  online  distribution and television broadcast through a closed-circuit satellite cable networks targeting schools, public and private medical offices.

‘Should My Father Change His Driving Habits’  (trt: 4:37) | 2009
Producer / Director: Paul Grant
Director of Photography: Sean Simmons
Animation & Video Production: Ascender Communications
Writer: J. Monsalve
Agency: The Media Network, Inc.
Client:  U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA