Former Student Named A New Face of Independent Film

Jason OsderFilmmaker Magazine has named Jason Osder, a former student of the DFP faculty and an assistant professor at The School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, to its annual list of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film.  This honor comes after the release of Osder’s film Let the Fire Burn.  Ten years in the making, the film made its film festival debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the prize for best editing and a jury special mention for best new documentary director.  Independent Lens has picked up the film for broadcast and Zeitgeist Films has acquired the theatrical release rights.  The film will open on October 2 at the Film Forum in New York and will make its debut in other major markets shortly after.

In response to our congratulations, Jason posted the following comment on Facebook:

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If you would like to learn more about the persistence required in making this film, plan to attend the screening of Let the Fire Burn at the new Full Frame American Tobacco Theater in Durham on September 20th.

Peter Carolla Named UFVA Fellow

PeterCPeter Carolla is the recipient of a University Film and Video Association Graduate Student Conference Fellowship.

The fellowship provides a select group of students with financial support to attend the annual UFVA conference and the opportunity to participate in a Fellows Program that offers professional development opportunities and helps graduate students position themselves for the academic job market.

Alums Screen at Sundance, Tribeca and Hot Docs

A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers.

Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and co-produced by David Cassidy (2002 UF alum) is following its Sundance premiere with screenings at Tribeca, FullFrame Documentary Film Festival and Sundance London.

LET THE FIRE BURN, directed by Jason Osder (2001UF alum) will premiere in the World Documentary Competition section of Tribeca. The film will also screen in the Special Presentations program at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and in the San Francisco International Film Festival in the feature documentary competition.

Michael Beach Nichols (2009 UF alum) and Deidre Schoo’s film Flex Is Kings will also make its world premiere at Tribeca. In addition, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, a film John Aldrich (2000 UF alum) worked on as co-producer, cinematographer and editor recently made its premiere at SXSW.

The faculty could not be more proud of the work these alums have produced and of the contribution they are making to the documentary filmmaking community.