Berra Joins Firelight Media

UnknownWe are delighted to share the news that Monica Berra (MFA ’16) has joined the staff of Firelight Media, the New York based production house co-founded by Stanley Nelson.

Firelight is known for producing powerful historical documentaries and strong community engagement campaigns. Its line-up of award-winning films includes The Murder of Emmett Till, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, which was recently nominated for an Emmy in the Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking category.

Berra will serve as the Impact and Engagement Coordinator for Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a film Nelson is producing for PBS.  It is a project Berra first became familiar with as an intern at Firelight last summer.  We are ecstatic that Monica is joining such a creative and supportive filmmaking community.

Schimmel Chosen for Southern Exposure Film Fellowship

Schimmel1Scott Schimmel will put his environmental science background and his filmmaking skills to use this summer in Alabama as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow.

The six-week summer fellowship provides a small group of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through nonfiction storytelling. The fellows will produce films intended to raise public awareness about important issues facing Alabama’s environment.

Scott is the fourth DFP student to receive a fellowship since the program’s inception five years ago.

Gallen Captures PitchFest Win

13041370_10154031516588617_1139139112215276208_oCongrats to second-year student John Gallen for capturing first place in the 2016 RiverRun Pitchfest. John and his co-director Alex Faoro are working on a film about Curtis Malone, the man who founded the famed D.C. Assault AAU basketball program.

This marks the fourth time a DFP student has taken top honors at PitchFest!

Full Frame Fellows

12967363_1299089196774838_5967931814566841466_oA group of 3rd year DFP students recently spent four event filled days as Fellows at the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC.  The Fellows program provided students with the opportunity to attend premier screenings, network with filmmakers and attend festival parties.  Private master classes with filmmakers Kirsten Johnson, director of Cameraperson, and Margaret Byrne and Ian Kibble, the directing and producing team behind Raising Bertie were a highlight of the program. Thanks to the Full Frame staff for offering this exceptional program to the students.

Congrats to DFP Richter Recipients!

IMG_3760We are proud to announce that 2nd year DFP students Scott Schimmel and Olivia Dubendorf are 2016 Richter Scholars.  The Richter Scholarship program provides funding for students to pursue scholarly and creative work requiring travel.  Schimmel and Dubendorf will receive just over $4,000 each to fund their international film projects.  Schimmel will  use the funds for a film project examining climate change in Vanuatu and Dubendorf will travel to Europe to research a multimedia project on World War II stories.

Haq Joins Elon Faculty

3540104Congratulations to Sana Attiq Haq on her recent appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Elon University! She will join Elon in August and will teach courses in multimedia content and global communication.

Haq received her MFA from the Documentary Film Program in 2013.  In addition to working as an independent filmmaker, she has taught media production and mass communication courses at Elon, Greensboro College and Wake Forest University.

Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker Visits DFP

NicholsThe DFP is delighted to host independent filmmaker, and alum of our Florida program, Michael Beach Nichols on Wednesday, February 3.

Nichols’ critically acclaimed film, Welcome to Leith, debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and many other premiere festivals.  The film also aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was released theatrically by First Run Features. His 2013 feature debut Flex is Kings premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Recently named one of Paste Magazine’s “20 Best New Filmmakers of 2015,” Nichols will discuss storytelling techniques and crowd source fundraising with the DFP students and screen Welcome to Leith on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 304.

MA Internship Opportunities

DFP Professors of Practice Chris Webber and Peter Gilbert have put together a diverse package of internship opportunities for the inaugural class of sports storytelling students. The following media outlets, sports teams and organizations recently signed on to offer internships to students in the MA Sports Storytelling program:

  • TNT
  • NBA TV
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • UTA Talent Agency, Sports Management
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Comerica Bank
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Chicago Fire MLS Soccer

Gilbert and Webber will announce additional internship opportunities in the coming months. In addition, the faculty will work with students to secure independently identified internship positions.  Participating in an internship is an optional part of the two-year MA program in Sports Storytelling.