We are thrilled to share the news of this accomplishment of our former student Michael Beach Nichols. Welcome to Leith, co-directed by Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by white separatists.
News & Updates
Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert recently attended an Indy Memphis Film Festival screening of a digitally restored Hoop Dreams in honor of the films 20th anniversary. Gilbert, who served producer and cinematographer on the film, was joined by the film’s stars Arthur Agee, Sheila Agee and William Gates. Check out this article in The Commercial Appeal to learn more about the event and catch up with the film’s stars.
It was a success all the way around for the DFP students attending the New Orleans Film Festival. The umappable team’s festival premiere weekend got off to a great start with a profile in Wired magazine that featured a Q and A with filmmakers Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma. It ended on an even higher note with the team taking home the Programmer’s Artistic Vision Award. Congratulations to Diane and Jasmine on an amazing film launch!
2nd year student Bryan Campbell also came home a winner. Bryan’s pitch of Looking for Trouble, a film he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny, took top honors in the Pitch Perfect competition. The contest included students from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Loyola, the University of New Orleans and Dillard University. Bryan’s win earned $1000 in prize money that will go towards the completion of the film. This marks the third time a DFP student has participated in the competition and the third 1st place win.
The New Orleans Film Festival, recently featured in Forbes magazine as one of the fastest growing fests in the U.S., is marking its 25th anniversary this week and several DFP students will be part of the celebration.
The Documentary Shorts category will feature two DFP student films: unmappable, co-directed by 3rd year students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma , and Unconditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo (MA 2013), Hanna Teachey (MFA 2014), and Kelly McKenna (MFA2014).
Bryan Campbell and Monica Berra will represent the DFP in the festival’s Pitch Perfect competition. Bryan will pitch Looking for Trouble, a film on disaster relief worker Fred Cuny that he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny. Monica will pitch a film that examines Florida’s threatened citrus industry.
Have a great fest guys!