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.

LFP Grant Goes to DFP Alum

Camie_BargerstockCongratulations 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.

Fest Success for 1st Year Students

shortsScott 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.


248812903_1280x944The 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.”