News & Updates

A Hometown Screening for The Amazing Mr. Ash

imagesThe Amazing Mr. Ash, a film by first year student Brian Gersten, is an official selection of the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.


The documentary short follows the life and times of Ashod Baboorian, a beloved and eccentric Chicago-area magician. Mr. Ash, along with his wife Bonnie, has owned and operated Ash’s Magic Shop on Western Avenue since 1985.  The Amazing Mr. Ash will screen on Friday, October 10th.

“Animating the Void” has its Festival Premiere

atv_1000Animating the Void: Erasing Michelle from “Full House”, a short film directed by Andrew Austin (MFA ‘14), will premiere this evening at the DC Shorts Film Festival.  Austin completed the film as part of his MFA Creative Project while at the DFP. The film chronicles his quest to digitally remove the character of Michelle Tanner from the sitcom, Full House–a video project that invited some unexpected attention. The film will also be screening at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival on October 9.

Summer Fun with Southern Exposure


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

Friviolous Things Premiere


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.

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