News & Updates
Wow! What a week it has been for Soul City! The film, co-directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards, screened this weekend at DOC NYC–America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.” The film also screened this week at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival.
Check out the DOC NYC Q & A below with Gini Richards and the co-directors of the Agents of Change, which screened in the same block. Both films make an important contribution to the conversation about this country’s ongoing struggle for racial equality and inclusion. Soul City tells the story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in North Carolina during the 1970s, while Agents of Change examines the student movements for ethnic studies at Cornell and San Francisco State Universities in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Dr. John Carlos, who shocked a nation when he raised his black-gloved fist in silent protest for civil rights at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, inspired a room full of DFP students yesterday as he spoke about that moment in 1968, the role of activism in sports and his support of recent protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Carlos was accompanied by The Nation’s sports editor David Zirin, with whom he co-authored The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Zirin provided the students with valuable insight into his creative process and his work examining historical and contemporary moments that speak to the intersection of politics and sports. Carlos and Zirin also addressed the role traditional and social media play in shaping public perception of athletes who use sports as a platform to express their political views.
Thanks to Sports Storytelling Program Director Peter Gilbert and Visiting Instructor Chris Sheridan for moderating this thoughtful and engaging discussion.
Award-winning journalist, content creator and media executive Chris Sheridan joins the DFP as a visiting instructor. Sheridan will teach courses in sports and digital media, provide internship supervision to the sports storytelling students and assist in curriculum development. Sheridan has built and led content teams at some of the biggest media companies including ESPN, CNBC, NBC and ABC. A true cross-platform executive, he has helped those major brands adapt to the digital space including leading the digital video team at ESPN, helping launch the SportsCenter social media experience, launching The CNBC Digital Workshop and running abcnews.com
The editorial, management and thought leadership in the digital space comes after a distinguished 17-year career in television news where he quarterbacked coverage of some of the biggest news and sports stories of the decade for ABC News and NBC News. Sheridan is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, received a Masters from the University of Missouri, and a Certificate in Sports Business Operations from New York University.
Congratulations to Scott Schimmel on his Award of Merit win in the Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Student) category of the Best Shorts Competition! The winning film, Waste Not Want Not, takes behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role of citizens and businesses in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Scott produced the film while serving as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow this summer.