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.

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.

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.

Sundance Honors Hoop Dreams

peterDFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert will be honored at the 2014 Sundance FIlm Festival as part of its commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Hoop Dreams.  The newly restored film will screen in the From the Collection program, 20 years after making its world premiere at the 1994 Festival.

Hoop Dreams completely changed the way we experience documentary films and the stories they tell. And that profound impact is still being felt 20 years later,” said John Nein, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.

Gilbert will join fellow filmmakers Steve James and Frederick Marx and subject Arthur Agee in a Q&A session following the January 20 screening.

We are thrilled for Peter and so proud to have him as part of our DFP team.