UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now viewers recently got a sneak peek of Brian Gersten and Liv Dubendorf’s short film The Hollerin Contest at Spivey’s Corner. Watch as Liv Dubendorf and hollerin’ champ Robby Goodman take you through the history of this traditional form of communication and tell you the story behind the production of this short film.
It is an exciting day at the DFP! We are moving our offices and classroom space to downtown Winston-Salem. The program will now be located 10 minutes from the Wake Forest campus in the Historic Brookstown Mill at 200 Brookstown Avenue.
This former cotton mill, with its ample square footage, high ceilings, wood floors will now be home to a modern and innovative learning environment for DFP students. The new location will provide plenty of space for students to work collaboratively and the opportunity to form stronger partnerships with non-profit and community organizations, area artists and filmmakers.
Be sure to keep up with the move on the DFP Facebook page.
Happy to share the exciting news that Cameron Bargerstock’s (MFA ’14) 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.