Schimmel Selected for Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes

ampav-efs_no-date_300x300x We are delighted to share the news that Scott Schimmel’s film, My Garden, No Longer, is headed to Cannes! Schimmel’s film, which examines the impact of climate change on the people of Malekula Island in Vanuatu, is a finalist in the 2017 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The showcase provides an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees at a special invitation only screening in The Roger Ebert Conference Center during the Cannes Film Festival. The American Pavilion describes the event as “a festival within a festival at the most important event on the international film calendar.”

Schimmel’s film was supported through the Richter Scholars program, which provides travel funding for summer research, and a  $3,000 research grant from The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Wright Captures 2nd Place PitchFest Honors

17854703_1663969453620142_594000845963190598_oCongratulations to Stan Wright (MFA ’18) on bringing home second place honors in the 6th Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition. The second-place finish earned Stan, and co-director Dominic Silva, $250 in prize money to put towards the completion of their thesis film.  Aaron Lovett of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took home first-place.

The pitch competition featured film students from the DFP, The University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  The students pitched their documentary shorts to jurors Amy Schumaker, Jeff Reichert, and Jeremy Workman who provided valuable feedback on pitching techniques and story development.

More Fest Success for Schimmel!

UnknownScott Schimmel’s film, Waste Not, Want Not, is a finalist in the professional documentary division of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival to be held on festival March 2-4. But wait, there’s more good news…Waste Not, Want Not will also screen as an official selection in the Sustainability Shorts Film Festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on February 25.

The film, which was produced this summer in fulfillment of Scott’s Southern Exposure Film Fellowship, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role citizens and businesses play in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Congrats to Scott and to the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program!

Tune In for Soul City’s TV Premiere

Don’t miss your chance to watch Soul City in the comfort of you own home! Soul City, co-directed by MFA ‘16 graduates Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards, makes its broadcast debut as part of the Reel South lineup.  The film, an examination of a 1970s multiracial utopia built in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina, earned the endorsement of Reel South host and Grammy-winning artist, Darius Rucker:

Soul City’ is one of the first to air and one of my favorites…It’s the story of a group of civil rights activists who tried to create a planned community based on racial harmony – it’s incredibly interesting and uplifting

North Carolina viewers can catch Soul City on January 5th on UNC-TV at 10 p.m. and South Carolina viewers can tune in at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV.  You can also catch it on January 8 at 9 p.m. (EST) on the WORLD Channel. Go to http://worldchannel.org and click “set station.” Put in your zip code, and then select your provider. It will tell you your WORLD Channel station.

Soul City Screens at DOC NYC!

Wow! What a week it has been for Soul City!  The film, co-directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richardsscreened this weekend at DOC NYC–America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.”  The film also screened this week at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival.

Check out the DOC NYC Q & A below with Gini Richards and the co-directors of the Agents of Change, which screened in the same block.  Both films make an important contribution to the conversation about this country’s ongoing struggle for racial equality and inclusion. Soul City tells the story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in North Carolina during the 1970s, while Agents of Change examines the student movements for ethnic studies at Cornell and San Francisco State Universities in the late ’60s and early ’70s.

Sports Storytelling Program Hosts Conversation with Athlete and Activist Dr. John Carlos

img_4239Dr. John Carlos, who shocked a nation when he raised his black-gloved fist in silent protest for civil rights at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, inspired a room full of DFP students yesterday as he spoke about that moment in 1968, the role of activism in sports and his support of recent protests by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Carlos was accompanied by The Nation’s sports editor David Zirin, with whom he co-authored The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Zirin provided the students with valuable insight into his creative process and his work examining historical and contemporary moments that speak to the intersection of politics and sports. Carlos and Zirin also addressed the role traditional and social media play in shaping public perception of athletes who use sports as a platform to express their political views.

Thanks to Sports Storytelling Program Director Peter Gilbert and Visiting Instructor Chris Sheridan for moderating this thoughtful and engaging discussion.

DFP Welcomes Sheridan as Visiting Instructor

 Award-winning journalist, content creator and media executive Chris Sheridan joins the DFP as a visiting instructor. Sheridan will teach courses in sports and digital media, provide internship supervision to the sports storytelling students and assist in curriculum development.  Sheridan has built and led content teams at some of the biggest media companies including ESPN, CNBC, NBC and ABC. A true cross-platform executive, he has helped those major brands adapt to the digital space including leading the digital video team at ESPN, helping launch the SportsCenter social media experience, launching The CNBC Digital Workshop and running abcnews.com

The editorial, management and thought leadership in the digital space comes after a distinguished 17-year career in television news where he quarterbacked coverage of some of the biggest news and sports stories of the decade for ABC News and NBC News. Sheridan is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, received a Masters from the University of Missouri, and a Certificate in Sports Business Operations from New York University.

Schimmel Earns Award of Merit

waste-not-want-notCongratulations to Scott Schimmel on his Award of Merit win in the Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Student) category of the Best Shorts Competition! The winning film, Waste Not Want Not, takes behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role of citizens and businesses in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Scott produced the film while serving as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow this summer.