The DFP is delighted to host independent filmmaker, and alum of our Florida program, Michael Beach Nichols on Wednesday, February 3.
Nichols’ critically acclaimed film, Welcome to Leith, debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and many other premiere festivals. The film also aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was released theatrically by First Run Features. His 2013 feature debut Flex is Kings premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Recently named one of Paste Magazine’s “20 Best New Filmmakers of 2015,” Nichols will discuss storytelling techniques and crowd source fundraising with the DFP students and screen Welcome to Leith on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 304.
Looking for Trouble, co-directed by Bryan Campbell and Caroline Cuny, is an official selection to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film explores the efforts of legendary disaster relief engineer Fred Cuny to bring safe drinking to war torn Sarajevo in 1993. According to festival planners, Big Sky will screen more than 200 shorts and feature films, culled from 1,500 entries. Congrats to Bryan and Caroline on making it through a rigorous selection process!
DFP Professors of Practice Chris Webber and Peter Gilbert have put together a diverse package of internship opportunities for the inaugural class of sports storytelling students. The following media outlets, sports teams and organizations recently signed on to offer internships to students in the MA Sports Storytelling program:
- NBA TV
- Atlanta Hawks
- UTA Talent Agency, Sports Management
- Charlotte Hornets
- Comerica Bank
- Detroit Pistons
- Detroit Tigers
- Chicago Fire MLS Soccer
Gilbert and Webber will announce additional internship opportunities in the coming months. In addition, the faculty will work with students to secure independently identified internship positions. Participating in an internship is an optional part of the two-year MA program in Sports Storytelling.
Diane 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.
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.
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.
Jon 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.
Filmmaker 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.
Congratulations to 2nd year students Brian Gersten and Olivia Dubendorf! Their short film, The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner, will make its festival debut in November at the Underexposed Film Festival in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
DFP 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.”