Students Land CEES Grant

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.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015)

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Gordon Quinn, Albert Maysles and DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert.

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.

Sports Storytelling Program

SummerSportsFlyerAn exciting Sports Storytelling Program offered this summer will feature DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert and his producing partner, NBA All-Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber.

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.

Unmappable in SXSW!

10541366_1751899855035760_3381202685598236938_oWe 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!

Webber/Gilbert Media Group Finds Success at Sundance

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DFP Professor of Practice, Peter Gilbert (second from left) and Chris Webber (fourth from left) attending Sundance premiere.

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

Former Student Film is “Must-See” at Sundance

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.

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A Busy New Year for DFP Alum

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Mindy Keeley (right) and  Lesley Pacey  (left).

Mindy Keeley  (MFA ’14)  is welcoming in 2015 with a new job and a new documentary project. Keeley recently began work as an editor for Discovering Alabama on a series called “Speaking Evolution.” Discovering Alabama is an Emmy award winning documentary program about the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama

Keeley’s return to her home state of Alabama also led to her latest film, The Cells of Baldwin County. The film will focus on three families in Baldwin County, Alabama coping with childhood cancer and on Lesley Pacey’s nearly decade long quest to understand why so many local children, including her daughter Sarah, who is now 14, have been diagnosed with rare cancers. Keeley hopes the film will not only show how families are dealing with this tragedy, but also bring attention to the potential environmental causes behind cancer clusters. The National Cancer Institute defense cancer clusters  as “the occurrence of a greater than expected number of cancer cases among a group of people in a defined geographic area over a specific time period.”  She recently raised $4,500 on Kickstarter to launch the project.

Indy Memphis Honors Hoop Dreams

10449901_10152886426415127_6076821692344053694_nProfessor of Practice Peter Gilbert recently attended an Indy Memphis Film Festival screening of a digitally restored Hoop Dreams in honor of the films 20th anniversary.  Gilbert, who served producer and cinematographer on the film, was joined by the film’s stars Arthur Agee, Sheila Agee and William Gates.  Check out this article in The Commercial Appeal to learn more about the event and catch up with the film’s stars.