News & Updates

Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker Visits DFP

NicholsThe DFP is delighted to host independent filmmaker, and alum of our Florida program, Michael Beach Nichols on Wednesday, February 3.

Nichols’ critically acclaimed film, Welcome to Leith, debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and many other premiere festivals.  The film also aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was released theatrically by First Run Features. His 2013 feature debut Flex is Kings premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Recently named one of Paste Magazine’s “20 Best New Filmmakers of 2015,” Nichols will discuss storytelling techniques and crowd source fundraising with the DFP students and screen Welcome to Leith on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 304.

Look Who’s Headed to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

10624845_659335367497067_275881937599391809_nLooking for Trouble, co-directed by Bryan Campbell and Caroline Cuny, is an official selection to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film explores the efforts of legendary disaster relief engineer Fred Cuny to bring safe drinking to war torn Sarajevo in 1993.  According to festival planners, Big Sky will screen more than 200 shorts and feature films, culled from 1,500 entries.  Congrats to Bryan and Caroline on making it through a rigorous selection process!

MA Internship Opportunities

DFP Professors of Practice Chris Webber and Peter Gilbert have put together a diverse package of internship opportunities for the inaugural class of sports storytelling students. The following media outlets, sports teams and organizations recently signed on to offer internships to students in the MA Sports Storytelling program:

  • TNT
  • NBA TV
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • UTA Talent Agency, Sports Management
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Comerica Bank
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Chicago Fire MLS Soccer

Gilbert and Webber will announce additional internship opportunities in the coming months. In addition, the faculty will work with students to secure independently identified internship positions.  Participating in an internship is an optional part of the two-year MA program in Sports Storytelling.

Checking in with unmappable

12244431_10107759351963281_3561967360589052305_oDiane Hodson (MFA ’15) and Jasmine Luoma (MFA ’15) recently enjoyed some island living while screening their film unmappable at the Key West Film Festival. The duo has much to celebrate. Their film has screened in over 25 film festivals and garnered several “best of fest” nods since its award-winning debut at the New Orleans Film Festival last October.

Diane and Jasmine are both currently working as associate producers in New York. Jasmine is working with Catalyst Films and Diane is with Ripple Effect Films. Diane is also teaching documentary filmmaking and editing at Jacob Burns Film Center and consulting with numerous organizations, such as REACT to FILM.

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