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.
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!
The Amazing Mr. Ash, a film directed by first year student Brian Gersten, is headed to the West Coast. The documentary short is following its recent premiere at Chicago Reel Fest with a closing night screening at ARPA International Film Fest. The film will screen on Sunday, November 16 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Peter Gilbert is man of many talents. He is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, a DFP Professor of Practice, and a producer of independent films. This diverse skill set did not go unnoticed by Newcity Film. The site, which covers movie making in Chicago, recently named Gilbert to its list of top 50 film artists in Chicago.
In putting together its Film 50 2014 list, Newcity was looking for “exemplars of the multi-hyphenate talents… who aren’t juggling multiple careers, but living them as full, admirable, even enviable creative lives.” A very fitting description of Gilbert, who splits his time between Wake Forest and his hometown of Chicago. Gilbert shares top ten honors with Steve James, Bill Murray and Joe Swanberg.
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: 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.