News & Updates

Google Cultural Institute Hosts Filipino Street Art Project

New header quiccs fbsizeDrawn 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

Rosdail Heads to University of Nebraska at Kearney

Jacob R and FamilyJacob Rosdail has had a busy couple of months.  He screened two of his films at the RiverRun International Film Festival, wrapped up his responsibilities as Director of Wrought Iron Productions, welcomed his new daughter into the world and graduated with his MFA degree. In the midst of all that, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at  the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“The family is very excited for this new phase in our lives.  I’m eager to share the skills I’ve learned in the field and in the DFP with my students,” says Rosdail.

Rosdail will teach classes in video production, visual storytelling, and communication software.  He will start his new teaching duties in August.

DFP Faculty News

We want to let all members of the Documentary Film Program community know about some exciting changes happening at the DFP.  After many years of dedicated service, Sandy Dickson is stepping down as director in order to develop storytelling initiatives involving the DFP.  Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson will now handle administrative and overall programmatic matters as co-directors of the program. Sandy will continue to teach and advise thesis films and creative projects.

We are also delighted to report that Peter Gilbert was recently promoted to Full Professor of Practice.  He is the first faculty member at Wake Forest to hold this position.

We believe these changes will allow the DFP faculty to offer an even stronger academic, creative and professional experience to our students.

Sana Haq Earns 2nd Place Emmy!


We are thrilled to announce that Sana Attiq Haq’s film, The Other Army, took 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 35th Annual College Television Awards.  The award, also known as a “Student Emmy” was presented by the Television Academy Foundation.

Haq produced The Other Army as her 3rd year MFA project.  The personal essay film follows Haq as she returns home to Pakistan to explore the sacrifices ordinary Pakistanis have made in the fight against terrorism.

This marks the third year in a row that a DFP film has earned a Student Emmy award.

Mulitmedia Presentation of Mary/Maryam

Mary ScreeningPlease join us for a multimedia presentation and panel discussion of Mary/Maryam: A Bridge Between Two Faiths on Wednesday, April 15 in the ZSR Auditorium (Room 404) at 6:00 p.m.

Third year DFP student Kelly McKenna will share her journey to Indonesia where she explored the country’s cultural and religious diversity with a focus on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the roles she may play as a bridge for interfaith dialogue. Kelly’s multimedia presentation will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Islamic Professor Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder, University Chaplain Tim Auman and Imam Khalid Griggs.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Chaplain’s Office and Paul K. and Elizabeth Cook Richter Memorial Funds.

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