Winning Weekend in New Orleans!

DJIt was a success all the way around for the DFP students attending the New Orleans Film Festival.  The umappable team’s festival premiere weekend got off to a great start with a profile in Wired magazine that featured a Q and A with filmmakers Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma.  It ended on an even higher note with the team taking home the Programmer’s Artistic Vision Award.  Congratulations to Diane and Jasmine on an amazing film launch!

PitchPerfect 2nd year student Bryan Campbell also came home a winner.  Bryan’s pitch of Looking for Trouble, a film he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny, took top honors in the Pitch Perfect competition. The contest included students from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Loyola, the University of New Orleans and Dillard University.  Bryan’s win earned $1000 in prize money that will go towards the completion of the film. This marks the third time a DFP student has participated in the competition and the third 1st place win.

DFP Students Make Their Mark in New Orleans

imagesThe New Orleans Film Festival, recently featured in Forbes magazine as one of the fastest growing fests in the U.S., is marking its 25th anniversary this week and several DFP students will be part of the celebration.

The Documentary Shorts category will feature two DFP student films: unmappable, co-directed by 3rd year students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma , and Unconditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo (MA 2013), Hanna Teachey (MFA 2014), and Kelly McKenna  (MFA2014).

Bryan Campbell and Monica Berra will represent the DFP in the festival’s Pitch Perfect competition. Bryan will pitch Looking for Trouble, a film on disaster relief worker Fred Cuny that he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny.  Monica will pitch a film that examines Florida’s threatened citrus industry.

Have a great fest guys!

Gilbert Named a Top Chicago Storyteller

peterPeter Gilbert is man of many talents.  He is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, a DFP Professor of Practice, and a producer of independent films. This diverse skill set did not go unnoticed by Newcity Film. The site, which covers movie making in Chicago, recently named Gilbert to its list of top 50 film artists in Chicago.

In putting together its Film 50 2014 list, Newcity was looking for “exemplars of the multi-hyphenate talents… who aren’t juggling multiple careers, but living them as full, admirable, even enviable creative lives.”  A very fitting description of Gilbert, who splits his time between Wake Forest and his hometown of Chicago.  Gilbert shares top ten honors with Steve James, Bill Murray and Joe Swanberg.

A Win for Unconditional

BEA LogoCongratulations to the co-directors of Unconditional on their win at BEA! Rhonda Chan Soo, Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey recently took top honors in the documentary division at the Broadcast Education Association District 2 regional conference.

A Hometown Screening for The Amazing Mr. Ash

imagesThe Amazing Mr. Ash, a film by first year student Brian Gersten, is an official selection of the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.

 

The documentary short follows the life and times of Ashod Baboorian, a beloved and eccentric Chicago-area magician. Mr. Ash, along with his wife Bonnie, has owned and operated Ash’s Magic Shop on Western Avenue since 1985.  The Amazing Mr. Ash will screen on Friday, October 10th.

“Animating the Void” has its Festival Premiere

atv_1000Animating the Void: Erasing Michelle from “Full House”, a short film directed by Andrew Austin (MFA ‘14), will premiere this evening at the DC Shorts Film Festival.  Austin completed the film as part of his MFA Creative Project while at the DFP. The film chronicles his quest to digitally remove the character of Michelle Tanner from the sitcom, Full House–a video project that invited some unexpected attention. The film will also be screening at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival on October 9.

Summer Fun with Southern Exposure

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Looking for a challenge after graduating with her MFA, Mindy Keeley headed off to spend the summer hog hunting in the woods of Alabama.  Mindy is the third DFP student to use her filmmaking skills to raise awareness about Alabama’s environmental issues as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow. The program provides a small group of college and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through the use of documentary film, photography, and journalism.

Mindy was one of six film fellows who produced short films about a variety of environmental topics in Alabama.  Her film, Invasive in Alabama, explores the problems caused by invasive species through the experiences of those trying to curb the ever-increasing feral hog population in Northern Alabama. Continue reading

Friviolous Things Premiere

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Co-drectors Walidah Muhammad and Kathi Barnhill

Frivolous Things, a film co-directed by Kathi Barnhill (MA ’14), Walidah Muhammad (MA ’14) and Joe Jowers (MFA ’15), made its U.S. premiere at a recent fundraising event at Old Salem for Kybele, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth conditions worldwide through medical education partnerships.  The film follows a Kybele medical team as it works to improve conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit at a leading regional hospital in Ghana.  The film made its Canadian premiere at a similar Kybele fundraising event in Toronto in May.