Checking in with unmappable

12244431_10107759351963281_3561967360589052305_oDiane Hodson (MFA ’15) and Jasmine Luoma (MFA ’15) recently enjoyed some island living while screening their film unmappable at the Key West Film Festival. The duo has much to celebrate. Their film has screened in over 25 film festivals and garnered several “best of fest” nods since its award-winning debut at the New Orleans Film Festival last October.

Diane and Jasmine are both currently working as associate producers in New York. Jasmine is working with Catalyst Films and Diane is with Ripple Effect Films. Diane is also teaching documentary filmmaking and editing at Jacob Burns Film Center and consulting with numerous organizations, such as REACT to FILM.

Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker and NBA All-Star Bring New Opportunities in Sports Storytelling

Get an insider’s perspective on how to tell the human story behind the sporting event. Our Masters of Arts offers you the opportunity to learn sports storytelling from five-time NBA all-star, sports analyst, and film producer Chris Webber and Emmy-winning director/producer and cinematographer Peter Gilbert.

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Webber’s two seasons as part of the fabled “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan in the early 90s, and his 15 years as a power forward in the NBA, laid the foundation for his current success as a broadcaster, businessman, philanthropist and steward of African-American culture. Webber is a game analyst and color commentator for Turner sports and is widely regarded as “a “thinking fan’s player-analyst” by both media critics and fans.   So it is no surprise he would share common ground with Peter Gilbert, whose Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams is universally acclaimed as the best sports documentary of all time and has made multiple “best movies ever” critics list.  Gilbert and Webber are now bringing their shared passion for sports storytelling with an emphasis on the intersection of sports, culture and society into an academic setting.

Our two-year MA offers you the opportunity to tap into the expertise of this dynamic team and prepare for careers producing sports media examining the complex relationship between sports and society. More specifically, the program will provide you with the skills to produce long form documentary, short films, and website projects through:

  • Storytelling skills courses in writing, editing, directing, and cinematography taught by seasoned award-winning filmmakers.
  • Challenging coursework, taught by Webber and distinguished Wake Faculty members, that explores the social and cultural role of sports in society.
  • Conversations with influential speakers on issues of class, culture and race. Webber will moderate many of these discussions.
  • Educational and professional experiences with local and regional sports teams and organizations.
  • Internships at local, regional and national sports media and sports communication companies.

Peter Quote-LandscapeWe are now accepting applications.  Generous scholarships are available. For more information contact

International Journalist Shares Storytelling Experience

UnknownJon Jensen will share his experiences as an international journalist in the Middle East in Live from the Living Room: Storytelling Amidst Conflict, Chaos, and Camels in a Changing Middle East at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 12 at the Graduate School at Brookstown, Suite 304. DFP students will also have the opportunity to speak to Jensen about the impact of social media on storytelling in the Middle East on Monday afternoon.

Jensen is a producer for CNN International in Abu Dhabi.  He produces CNN’s Silk Road: Past, Present, Future, a 30-minute feature program that takes viewers on journey along the ancient caravan trails between China and Italy.  He has also produced breaking news coverage in the field for CNN, including the 2014 conflict in Israel and Gaza and the 2013 military coup in Egypt.

Jason Osder Visits the DFP

Let_The_Fire_BurnFilmmaker and former student Jason Osder will be joining us Thursday, October 1 at 6:30PM at our new Brookstown Mill space in downtown Winston Salem for a screening of his film LET THE FIRE BURN. This award winning film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at over fifty film festivals around the world. A chat with Jason will follow the screening.

Jason will also be spending two weeks with DFP students, providing advice and feedback on their thesis projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get to know someone who was recently hailed by Filmmaker magazine as one of 25 filmmakers to watch.

Furnish Represents DFP at UFVA

unnamed-1DFP student Patricia Furnish recently attended the annual University Film and Video Association Conference  both as a recipient of a student fellowship and as a paper presenter. As a UFVA fellow, Patricia received financial support to attend the conference at American University in Washington, D.C. and to take part in a series of “fellows only” professional development opportunities in media education, media production, and careers within higher education.

Patricia presented two papers while at the conference, “Manufacturing History: The Truth Business and the Ethical Use of Archival Footage” and “Working Man’s Blues: Roger and Me and Michael Moore’s Contentious Place in Documentary History.”

UNC-TV Features Student Short

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.

DFP Moves Downtown

IMG_3189It 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.

MFA Film at Independent Film Week

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.

Dickson Named Associate Dean

Sandy Dickson, co-director of the Wake Forest Documentary Film program, Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

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.