DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert and producing partner NBA All-Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber, had a busy couple of days at Sundance. The Webber/Gilbert Media Group served as executive producer of two films that made their debut at the premiere film festival. Continue reading
We are so excited for our former student Michael Beach Nichols. Rolling Stone magazine lists his documentary, Welcome to Leith, as one of the 25 “Must-See” films at Sundance. The film, co-drected by Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. You can learn more about the film from the directors by viewing Indiewire’s Meet the Sundance Filmmakers.
Mindy Keeley (MFA ’14) is welcoming in 2015 with a new job and a new documentary project. Keeley recently began work as an editor for Discovering Alabama on a series called “Speaking Evolution.” Discovering Alabama is an Emmy award winning documentary program about the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama
Keeley’s return to her home state of Alabama also led to her latest film, The Cells of Baldwin County. The film will focus on three families in Baldwin County, Alabama coping with childhood cancer and on Lesley Pacey’s nearly decade long quest to understand why so many local children, including her daughter Sarah, who is now 14, have been diagnosed with rare cancers. Keeley hopes the film will not only show how families are dealing with this tragedy, but also bring attention to the potential environmental causes behind cancer clusters. The National Cancer Institute defense cancer clusters as “the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cancer cases among a group of people in a defined geographic area over a specific time period.” She recently raised $4,500 on Kickstarter to launch the project.
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.