Wow! What a week it has been for Soul City! The film, co-directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards, screened this weekend at DOC NYC–America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.” The film also screened this week at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival.
Check out the DOC NYC Q & A below with Gini Richards and the co-directors of the Agents of Change, which screened in the same block. Both films make an important contribution to the conversation about this country’s ongoing struggle for racial equality and inclusion. Soul City tells the story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in North Carolina during the 1970s, while Agents of Change examines the student movements for ethnic studies at Cornell and San Francisco State Universities in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Dr. John Carlos, who shocked a nation when he raised his black-gloved fist in silent protest for civil rights at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, inspired a room full of DFP students yesterday as he spoke about that moment in 1968, the role of activism in sports and his support of recent protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Carlos was accompanied by The Nation’s sports editor David Zirin, with whom he co-authored The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Zirin provided the students with valuable insight into his creative process and his work examining historical and contemporary moments that speak to the intersection of politics and sports. Carlos and Zirin also addressed the role traditional and social media play in shaping public perception of athletes who use sports as a platform to express their political views.
Thanks to Sports Storytelling Program Director Peter Gilbert and Visiting Instructor Chris Sheridan for moderating this thoughtful and engaging discussion.
Award-winning journalist, content creator and media executive Chris Sheridan joins the DFP as a visiting instructor. Sheridan will teach courses in sports and digital media, provide internship supervision to the sports storytelling students and assist in curriculum development. Sheridan has built and led content teams at some of the biggest media companies including ESPN, CNBC, NBC and ABC. A true cross-platform executive, he has helped those major brands adapt to the digital space including leading the digital video team at ESPN, helping launch the SportsCenter social media experience, launching The CNBC Digital Workshop and running abcnews.com
The editorial, management and thought leadership in the digital space comes after a distinguished 17-year career in television news where he quarterbacked coverage of some of the biggest news and sports stories of the decade for ABC News and NBC News. Sheridan is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, received a Masters from the University of Missouri, and a Certificate in Sports Business Operations from New York University.
Congratulations to Scott Schimmel on his Award of Merit win in the Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Student) category of the Best Shorts Competition! The winning film, Waste Not Want Not, takes behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role of citizens and businesses in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Scott produced the film while serving as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow this summer.
Soul City follows up its Best Documentary win at its world festival premiere, with a second Best Short Doc win at the Harlem International Film Festival. What a way to kick off a festival run!
The film, directed by Gini Richards, Monica Berra and SheRea DelSol, tells the story story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in Klan Country, North Carolina during the 1970s.
Soul City heads to the Austin Film Festival on October 14th and 16th. It will also screen in Wichita on Saturday, October 15th at the Tallgrass International Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, October 27 at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Trailblazer Studios of Raleigh, NC will offer two professional media workshops for our students on October 4th and 5th. The first workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 4 from 2:00-4:30 and will focus on media management, and project organization. The second workshop will be held from 10-12:30 on Wednesday, October 5th, and will focus on sound editing, sound mixing and sound gathering as well as advanced lighting.
Trailblazer Studios is an award-winning production, post, and sound facility specializing in developing original programming, commercial and video production, editing (offline and online), color correction, motion graphics, animation, original music, sound design and surround mixing.
Wow! What a summer it has been for Looking for Trouble. Congratulations Bryan Campbell (MFA ’16) and Caroline Cuny (MFA ’16) on your recent Student Academy Awards nomination and your Jury Prize at the San Antonio Film Festival!
We are delighted to share the news that Monica Berra (MFA ’16) has joined the staff of Firelight Media, the New York based production house co-founded by Stanley Nelson.
Firelight is known for producing powerful historical documentaries and strong community engagement campaigns. Its line-up of award-winning films includes The Murder of Emmett Till,Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which was recently nominated for an Emmy in the Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking category.
Berra will serve as the Impact and Engagement Coordinator for Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a film Nelson is producing for PBS. It is a project Berra first became familiar with as an intern at Firelight last summer. We are ecstatic that Monica is joining such a creative and supportive filmmaking community.
Scott Schimmel will put his environmental science background and his filmmaking skills to use this summer in Alabama as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow.
The six-week summer fellowship provides a small group of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through nonfiction storytelling. The fellows will produce films intended to raise public awareness about important issues facing Alabama’s environment.
Scott is the fourth DFP student to receive a fellowship since the program’s inception five years ago.