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.
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.
Great to see 3rd year DFP students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma on stage at SXSW for the screening and Q & A of their thesis film unmappable.
Thanks to DFP alum Hillary Pierce (MFA ’13) for capturing this photo.
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.
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.
We 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!
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.