Looking for a challenge after graduating with her MFA, Mindy Keeley headed off to spend the summer hog hunting in the woods of Alabama. Mindy is the third DFP student to use her filmmaking skills to raise awareness about Alabama’s environmental issues as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow. The program provides a small group of college and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through the use of documentary film, photography, and journalism.
Mindy was one of six film fellows who produced short films about a variety of environmental topics in Alabama. Her film, Invasive in Alabama, explores the problems caused by invasive species through the experiences of those trying to curb the ever-increasing feral hog population in Northern Alabama. Continue reading
Co-drectors Walidah Muhammad and Kathi Barnhill
Frivolous Things, a film co-directed by Kathi Barnhill (MA ’14), Walidah Muhammad (MA ’14) and Joe Jowers (MFA ’15), made its U.S. premiere at a recent fundraising event at Old Salem for Kybele, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth conditions worldwide through medical education partnerships. The film follows a Kybele medical team as it works to improve conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit at a leading regional hospital in Ghana. The film made its Canadian premiere at a similar Kybele fundraising event in Toronto in May.
DFP faculty, students and alums recently returned from a productive University Film and Video Association conference in Bozeman, Montana. Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey screened Unconditional, a film they co-directed with Rhonda Chan Soo, and participated in an audience Q & A.
Diane Hodson, a UFVA Carole Fielding Grant winner, presented a work-in-progress screening of unmappable, a film she co-directed with Jasmine Louma. Hodson also presented the paper, Hollow: A Case Study in Interactive Documentary.
DFP Co-Director, Cindy Hill screened Living in the Overlap, a film she co-directed with Professor Mary Dalton. DFP alum Joe Cornelius was also in attendance in as a faculty member of Queens University of Charlotte. Thanks UFVA and Montana State for hosting a great conference.
Please join us in congratulating Kim Dryden on her new post at Udacity. Kim will be serving as a video production manager for the Silicon Valley online education company.
According to the posted job description, “employees at Udacity include adventurous foodies, nerf gun warriors, and free-spirited thinkers.” We have no doubt Kim will fit right in.
Drawn together by a shared passion for public art, DFP alum (MFA ’13) Kim Dryden and Wake Forest alum Austin Smith, a Filipino-American, formulated the idea for the Filipino Street Art Project before graduating in 2013. Both were attracted to the idea of taking a public art form and amplifying its impact through online media forms. The project consists of a feature-length documentary film, interactive website, online exhibits, short films, and photo galleries supported by a central website. A short year later their transmedia project and its mission of celebrating the power of street art to communicate, empower, and encourage discussion about universal issues is attracting international attention. Continue reading