Drawn together by a shared passion for public art, DFP alum (MFA ’13) Kim Dryden and Wake Forest alum Austin Smith, a Filipino-American, formulated the idea for the Filipino Street Art Project before graduating in 2013. Both were attracted to the idea of taking a public art form and amplifying its impact through online media forms. The project consists of a feature-length documentary film, interactive website, online exhibits, short films, and photo galleries supported by a central website. A short year later their transmedia project and its mission of celebrating the power of street art to communicate, empower, and encourage discussion about universal issues is attracting international attention. Continue reading
Jacob Rosdail has had a busy couple of months. He screened two of his films at the RiverRun International Film Festival, wrapped up his responsibilities as Director of Wrought Iron Productions, welcomed his new daughter into the world and graduated with his MFA degree. In the midst of all that, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
“The family is very excited for this new phase in our lives. I’m eager to share the skills I’ve learned in the field and in the DFP with my students,” says Rosdail.
Rosdail will teach classes in video production, visual storytelling, and communication software. He will start his new teaching duties in August.
We want to let all members of the Documentary Film Program community know about some exciting changes happening at the DFP. After many years of dedicated service, Sandy Dickson is stepping down as director in order to develop storytelling initiatives involving the DFP. Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson will now handle administrative and overall programmatic matters as co-directors of the program. Sandy will continue to teach and advise thesis films and creative projects.
We are also delighted to report that Peter Gilbert was recently promoted to Full Professor of Practice. He is the first faculty member at Wake Forest to hold this position.
We believe these changes will allow the DFP faculty to offer an even stronger academic, creative and professional experience to our students.
We are thrilled to announce that Sana Attiq Haq’s film, The Other Army, took 2nd place in the Best Documentary category at the 35th Annual College Television Awards. The award, also known as a “Student Emmy” was presented by the Television Academy Foundation.
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.
This marks the third year in a row that a DFP film has earned a Student Emmy award.
Please 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.
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.
Second 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.
The 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.
The 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.
What 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.