Sana Haq (MFA ’13) has been recognized as a promising new talent by the Directors Guild of America. Haq is the recipient of the DGA’s Jury Award for Best Asian-American Student Filmmaker in the East Region. Haq is the director of The Other Army, a film that explores Pakistan’s role in the war against terror and the affect it has had on Pakistanis. She also co-directed Wicked Silence, an examination of North Carolina’s forced sterilizations program through the eyes of the people who were victimized by it, with Jess Pic (MFA ’13).
The DGA established the Student Film Awards for African American, Asian American, Latino and Women Directors to offer recognition, encouragement and scholarship to outstanding minority and women students. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Directors Guild of America Theater in New York.
Please join us for a screening of The Other Army, directed by 2013 MFA alum Sana Haq, on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. at deTamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall. Over 5,000 members of the Pakistani army have died in combat and 40,000 civilians have died as a consequence of terrorism and the war against it since 2001. Yet this narrative seems to be altogether missing from our global collective consciousness. The Other Army explores Pakistan’s role in the war against terror and the affect it has had on Pakistanis, by sharing an account of their losses and their courage in fighting terrorism. The screening, hosted by the Department of Politics and International Affairs, will be followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.
If you are a fan of short films be sure to check out the The 8th Annual Carrboro Film Festival on November 23-24. The all-shorts festival will feature over 50 films from North Carolina and beyond. MFA student Jacob Rosdail’s film The Doll Dilemma, which explores a daughter’s struggle to handle the extensive doll collection left behind by her late mother, will screen on November 23 at 12:45 p.m. at The ArtsCenter. You can also catch The Possum Drop, directed by MFA student Mindy Keeley, on November 24 at 2:30 p.m. at The Century Center.
The festival will also present the winner of the Our State Magazine documentary contest. Chris Zaluski, DFP alum and faculty advisor of WIP, is one of five contest finalists. His short, The Duke of Roguemont, provides a glimpse into how a North Carolina resident is expressing his love for the Dukes of Hazzard television show. The winner will be announced November 23 at 4 p.m. at the Century Center.
Please join us this week as several of our students present “preview screenings” of their thesis films. It is a diverse line-up of films that both educate and entertain so be sure to make plans to attend. Continue reading
Congratulations to Diane Hodson on her Pitch Perfect win at the New Orleans Film Festival. Diane, and co-director Jasmine Luoma, put together a winning presentation of their thesis film on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps. Continue reading
Join the Power of Glove team for a “Stuff We’ve Filmed So Far” screening and a night of retro gaming fun on Friday, October 25. Continue reading
Producer at Cabin Creek Films, David Cassidy, will visit the DFP on October 21-22. Here is a preview of some of the subjects he will discuss with the students during his visit.
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Award-winning Cabin Creek producer, and former student of the DFP faculty, David Cassidy will visit the DFP on October 21- 22. Cassidy has produced documentary series and features with Barbara Kopple and Cabin Creek Films for over ten years. He most recently produced Running from Crazy which premiered at Sundance 2013. The film follows Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness. Continue reading
Participating in pitch competitions against your peers is a great way to test your pitching skills and get feedback on your ideas. DFP student Diane Hodson will get the opportunity do just that in the Pitch Perfect competition at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival on October 12th. Pitch Perfect provides film students from a number of universities the opportunity to practice the art of pitching to a panel of film industry professionals. Diane will pitch her thesis film, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps.
In October 1998, Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. The horror of this murder pushed Laramie into the media spotlight and sparked a nationwide debate about homophobia, gay-bashing and hate crimes.
Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger returns to her hometown to see how this event had affected the site of her own closeted adolescence. Along the way she meets “God-hates-fags” Westboro Baptist Church Reverend Fred Phelps, who condemns Shepard and all homosexuals to an eternal hell. But Seckinger meets many more—parents, teachers, clergy and students—telling their stories, speaking out and taking action.
The film will screen on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium in Carswell Hall. A Q&A with filmmaker Beverly Seckinger will follow the screening.