Former Student Named A New Face of Independent Film

Jason OsderFilmmaker Magazine has named Jason Osder, a former student of the DFP faculty and an assistant professor at The School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, to its annual list of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.  This honor comes after the release of Osder’s film Let the Fire Burn.  Ten years in the making, the film made its film festival debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the prize for best editing and a jury special mention for best new documentary director.  Independent Lens has picked up the film for broadcast and Zeitgeist Films has acquired the theatrical release rights.  The film will open on October 2 at the Film Forum in New York and will make its debut in other major markets shortly after.

In response to our congratulations, Jason posted the following comment on Facebook:

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If you would like to learn more about the persistence required in making this film, plan to attend the screening of Let the Fire Burn at the new Full Frame American Tobacco Theater in Durham on September 20th.

The Power of Glove Gets Some Buzz

Power Glove IIThe Power of Glove is gaining an online following.  In addition to posts by multiple gaming blogs including A.V. Club, Eurogamer and MTV Mulitplayer, the film was recently featured in Wired.   The article, “There’s a Nintendo Power Glove Documentary Coming (Yes, It Has a Wizard Reference),” features an interview with co-director Andrew Austin who speaks to how the team came to do the film and what they learned about the Power Glove in the process.

The Power of Glove seems to have an enthusiastic audience ready and waiting to see it.

Wagonmasters Brings Home 2nd Place Emmy Honor

samandchris_ctaMFA students Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski recently traveled to Los Angeles to attend the 34th Annual College Television Awards. The pair came home with a 2nd place win in the Documentary Division for their film Wagonmasters. The award, also known as a “Student Emmy” was presented by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Sneak Preview Screening

LP LargerDFP faculty Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill will present a “Sneak Preview” of their new film Living in the Overlap at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Elliott University Center Auditorium on June 1.

Living in the Overlap tells the story of Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin who have been together for over 45 years and hope to get legally married in the state of North Carolina before their 50th anniversary. The film examines their relationship and their role in fighting Amendment One, a measure defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only domestic legal union recognized by the state.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. A Q & A with Lennie and Pearl will follow the film. The screening is sponsored by The Graduate School at UNCG, and complimentary parking will be available at the Walker Avenue Parking Deck.

DFP Student Lands UFVA Carole Fielding Grant

SanaHSana Attiq Haq has been award a $3,600 UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant for The Other Army. A personal essay film, The Other Army, seeks to understand the issues faced by Pakistan in its struggle against terrorism.  Haq says the film serves as a tribute to the people who have sacrificed their lives in counter-terrorism efforts and provides a glimpse into the lives of those they have left behind.

Peter Carolla Named UFVA Fellow

PeterCPeter Carolla is the recipient of a University Film and Video Association Graduate Student Conference Fellowship.

The fellowship provides a select group of students with financial support to attend the annual UFVA conference and the opportunity to participate in a Fellows Program that offers professional development opportunities and helps graduate students position themselves for the academic job market.

Andrew Austin Wins RiverRun PitchFest

riverunlogoAndrew Austin, with his Power Glove in hand, delivered an entertaining and informative pitch to capture top honors in RiverRun’s 2nd Annual Pitchfest. Austin pitched The Power of Glove, a film that chronicles the colorful history and legacy of the first video game controller that allowed players to control Nintendo games with 3D hand gestures, to a panel of industry professionals. Austin received $500 in prize money to be used toward the production of the film he is co-directing with Paula Kosowski and Adam Ward.

The PitchFest competition featured film students from the DFP, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts


DFP Offers Emphasis in Entrepreneurship Education in the Creative Arts

Filmmakers must know how to maximize limited resources, sell their ideas to funders and ultimately convince an audience to join them on a storytelling journey. In short, they have to be entrepreneurs. The DFP wants to ensure that its students can combine these creative entrepreneurial skills with the business acumen needed to support a sustainable career in the arts.

Its all about how to build ideas around the art, build companies around the art that you are creating to provide a long-term income so you can continue to do your art.

-Pat Dickson, DFP Affiliate Faculty and President of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurs

Workshops and courses offered provide our students with the knowledge and skills to assess an opportunity, conduct a competitive analysis, and develop a business model for a creative arts business.