Mulitmedia Presentation of Mary/Maryam

Mary ScreeningPlease join us for a multimedia presentation and panel discussion of Mary/Maryam: A Bridge Between Two Faiths on Wednesday, April 15 in the ZSR Auditorium (Room 404) at 6:00 p.m.

Third year DFP student Kelly McKenna will share her journey to Indonesia where she explored the country’s cultural and religious diversity with a focus on Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the roles she may play as a bridge for interfaith dialogue. Kelly’s multimedia presentation will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring Islamic Professor Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder, University Chaplain Tim Auman and Imam Khalid Griggs.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Chaplain’s Office and Paul K. and Elizabeth Cook Richter Memorial Funds.

Hodson Wins RiverRun Pitchfest

RiverRun Win

Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma with Kartemquin Film’s Gordon Quinn

Congratulations to DFP student Diane Hodson for capturing top honors with her pitch of unmappable in the 3rd Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition. The first-place finish earned Diane, and co-director Jasmine Luoma, $500 in prize money to put towards the completion of their thesis film.  Andrew Reed of UNCG took home second place award of $250.

This is the third RiverRun Pitchfest win for the DFP and the second pitch competition win for Hodson who won the New Orleans Pitch Perfect Competition in October.

The competition featured film students from the DFP, Duke, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  The students pitched their documentary shorts to Kartemquin Films founder and artistic director, Gordon Quinn, actor Bill Pullman, and Senior Director of PBS Digital Studios, Matthew Graham who provided valuable feedback on pitching techniques and story development.

Hodson Competes in RiverRun PitchFest

1463697_10151997764713617_175378734_nSecond year  DFP student Diane Hodson will test her pitching talents against documentary film students around the state in the 3rd Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition.  Hodson will pitch her thesis film unmappable, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, in the hopes of capturing another pitch competition win.  Hodson took first place honors at the New Orleans Pitch Perfect Competition in October.

The PitchFest competition will feature film students from the DFP, Duke, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  The students will pitch their documentary shorts projects to a panel of industry experts, who will provide feedback and select a first and second place winner.

Screening and Honoring of Kartemquin Films

82d37a530dbc0a73d2cc64b104829530d510f18bThe Documentary Film Program and RiverRun International Film Festival present a free screening of THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m. at WFU-Broyhill Auditorium, Farrel Hall.

From Kartemquin Films — makers of the acclaimed documentaries HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS — and Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND), THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.

Following the screening, Kartemquin Films will be presented with RiverRun’s Master of Cinema Award.  Scheduled to attend to speak about the company’s history and accept the award on behalf of Kartemquin are: Justine Nagan, Kartemquin’s Executive Director; Gordon Quinn, the company’s Founder and Artistic Director, and frequent Kartemquin collaborators Steve James and Peter Gilbert, a professor of practice with the DFP.

Danzi to teach at Frostburg State

annie headshotThe DFP is delighted to announce third-year student Annie Danzi has landed a position at Frostburg State University in Maryland as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication. She will be teaching courses in video production, TV studio production, and electronic media, and will work within the department’s new state-of-the-art Center for Communications and Information Technology.

“In the time that I have spent at Wake Forest University pursuing my MFA in the Documentary Film Program, I have grown tremendously,” says Danzi. “With the profound guidance of the DFP faculty I have been able to determine exactly which path is best for me as an artist and future educator, and take strides toward achieving my career goals.”

In addition to completing her coursework and multimedia MFA project, Follow Me Girls, during the 2013-2014 school year, Danzi held various leadership positions, including serving as event director for a screening of “Artists of the Holocaust: A Collection of Short Films” in conjunction with the WFU Humanities Institute, completing two teaching assistantships, and representing her class on the DFP Council. She will begin her position in Fall 2014.

Good News Keeps Coming!

Official SelectionWhat a great week for our DFP students!  We started off with the news that Sana Haq’s film The Other Army is a Student Emmy finalist.  This marks the third year in a row that a DFP film has been nominated for a Student Emmy.

The RiverRun International Film Festival then announced that three films directed by our students will appear in their NC shorts category.  Musickland, co-directed by Cameron Bargerstock and Jacob Rosdail, Songs of Hope, co-directed by Tetiana Karchenko and Safyah Usmani and The Doll Dilemma, directed by Jacob Rosdail, will screen at RiverRun on April 6 and 11.

The week concluded with the news that UnConditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo, Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey will have two screenings in April.  The film is an official selection at the Crossroads Film Festival, April 3-6 and will screen on April 9 as part of he Family Matters event hosted by the University of Arizona’s Institute of LGBT Studies.

We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments.

Haq Earns Student Emmy Nomination

The Other ArmyThe DFP is thrilled to congratulate Sana Attiq Haq (MFA ’13) on her Student Emmy nomination.  Haq’s film The Other Army has been selected for recognition in the documentary category by the Television Academy Foundation College Television Awards, also known as the “Student Emmy.”

Haq produced The Other Army as her 3rd year MFA project.  The personal essay film follows Haq as she returns home to Pakistan to explore the sacrifices ordinary Pakistanis have made in the fight against terrorism.

Haq will travel to Los Angeles on April 23rd to to attend The 35th College Television Awards Gala where she will find out if the film wins first, second or third place.

This marks the third year in a row that a DFP film has been nominated for a student Emmy.

Screening of The Daily

DailySCR1Make plans to attend the screening of Jacob Carah’s thesis film The Daily. The film explores how changes in the journalism industry are impacting the staff of the Winston-Salem Journal. While the film deals with the hard truths facing those in the industry, it is also a celebration of daily news; sometimes sad, at times surprising, always real.

We will see you at The Garage, 110 W. 7th Street, on Thursday, February 20th.  The doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening starts at 8 p.m.

Carolla Lands Position at Davidson

PeterCBest wishes to Peter Carolla (MFA ’13) as he starts his new position as Media Production Specialist at Davidson College.  Peter will be assisting Davidson students and faculty with their visual storytelling needs in and out of the classroom.  He will also collaborate with faculty and administrators on the design of a curriculum for digital storytelling.

Artists of the Holocaust: A Collection of Short Films

Artists of the HolocaustPlease join us for a screening of Artists of the Holocaust: A Collection of Short Films on February 12 at 4:00 pm at MainStage Theatre in the Scales Fine Arts Center.

In collaboration with Yad Vashem Museum in Israel, DFP students and Wake Forest undergraduates produced short films on select artists of the Holocaust. These films tell the stories of men and women who created art under the most extraordinary and horrific circumstances, including those who were partisans and fought against the Nazis and others who were prisoners in concentration and slave-labor camps.

The screening is sponsored by The Humanities Institute at Wake Forest, The Documentary Film Program and IPLACe.   Continue reading