Alum Offers Advice on Non-Profit Storytelling

BougherAlum 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.

Students Land CEES Grant

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.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015)

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Gordon Quinn, Albert Maysles and DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert.

We join the documentary community today in mourning the loss of documentary trailblazer Albert Maysles. A pioneer in the field and an inspiration to our students, he was a mentor and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Sports Storytelling Program

SummerSportsFlyerAn exciting Sports Storytelling Program offered this summer will feature DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert and his producing partner, NBA All-Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber.

The program gives Wake graduate students the opportunity to earn 6 credits hours in sports storytelling in three weeks. Gilbert will serve as a senior faculty member and Webber will participate as a guest speaker.

The program also provides DFP students with a great teaching opportunity as a select number of students will serve as lab instructors.

Unmappable in SXSW!

10541366_1751899855035760_3381202685598236938_oWe are thrilled to announce that unmappable , co-directed by 3rd year DFP students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, is a SXSW official selection.  The film will screen in the documentary shorts competition of the top-tier film festival in March.  The film will also screen at the Atlanta Film Festival in March and the Florida Film Festival in April.  We could not be prouder of Diane and Jasmine!

Webber/Gilbert Media Group Finds Success at Sundance

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DFP Professor of Practice, Peter Gilbert (second from left) and Chris Webber (fourth from left) attending Sundance premiere.

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

Former Student Film is “Must-See” at Sundance

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.

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