Happy to share the exciting news that Cameron Bargerstock’s (MFA ’13) film Exit Music is among the 140 projects selected for the esteemed Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week.
The film, executive produced by DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert, is one of 50 documentary features appearing in the Spotlight on Documentaries section. This section includes both emerging and established filmmakers in non-fiction. IFP Independent Film Week runs September 20-25th at Lincoln Center in New York City.
We are delighted to announce that DFP Professor Sandy Dickson has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In her new position, Sandy will foster the development of new graduate programs, nurture continuing programs, and engage the greater community in the Schools’ initiatives.
Sandy will continue to direct the Visual Storytelling Consortium, an effort to take storytelling across the liberal arts and sciences curriculum, and teach courses for the Documentary Film Program.
Congratulations to DFP alum Cameron Bargerstock (MFA’ 14) on her LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Grant! LEF will provide $15,000 toward her film Exit Music. We are thrilled to see Cameron’s hard work and creativity recognized with such a generous contribution. LEF noted that the recipients of this award “bring a strong creative eye to their work and share a unique intimacy with their subjects.” An excellent summation of Cameron’s approach to filmmaking.
Scott Schimmel’s short film Community Meal took second place honors and $200 in prize money at the 6th Annual Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. The annual short film competition is hosted by The Weatherspoon Art Museum, WUAG 103.1 FM, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Sustainability Council.
The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by Brian Gerston, received a Special Jury Award at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. The film was honored for “its representation of Chicago’s myriad cultures, as represented in a single person.”
Congratulations to the unmapple team on an amazing weekend! 3rd year students Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson are celebrating not one, but two, festival wins. The film took Best Student Short at Indie Grits and Best Doc Short honors at the Florida Film Festival.
Alum Jon Bougher (MFA ’11) returns to campus on Monday to speak to students about how skills learned in the DFP can be translated to marketable video storytelling for non-profits, both domestic and international. He will also offer advice for starting an international freelance career.
After graduation moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he taught documentary film and consulted on educational video programs with Haiti Reporters. In addition to producing the short documentaries and video journalism for Wired.com, PRI’s The World and The Global Post, he formed the film collaborative Artefact Haiti, where he produced advocacy and promotional videos for international organizations including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Red Cross, TechnoServe, Nobel Women’s Initiative, GIZ and many others. He recently located to Washington D.C. to form Emic Films, which has produced video content for non-profits and international organizations in Haiti, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia.
The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by 1st year DFP student Brian Gersten, will screen on Sunday, April 19th at the Logan Theater as part of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. The film will be screened before the world premiere of Joseph Fletcher’s feature-documentary American B-Side.
2nd year DFP students Justin Chen, Patricia Furnish and Josh Harris recently received a grant from Wake Forest University’s The Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) in support of their master’s thesis film A Legacy in Ashes. The film explores the environmental consequences of the Dan River Coal Ash spill on Eden, N.C., where Duke Energy’s coal-fired steam station is located.
“We deeply appreciate the support and encouragement of CEES’s committee, and we plan to apply the funds to costs for travel, lodging and archival research,” said Patricia Furnish. The CEES grant funds opportunities for research, scholarship, and working groups related to energy, environment and sustainability.
Great to see 3rd year DFP students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma on stage at SXSW for the screening and Q & A of their thesis film unmappable.
Thanks to DFP alum Hillary Pierce (MFA ’13) for capturing this photo.