Jason Osder Visits the DFP

Let_The_Fire_BurnFilmmaker and former student Jason Osder will be joining us Thursday, October 1 at 6:30PM at our new Brookstown Mill space in downtown Winston Salem for a screening of his film LET THE FIRE BURN. This award winning film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at over fifty film festivals around the world. A chat with Jason will follow the screening.

Jason will also be spending two weeks with DFP students, providing advice and feedback on their thesis projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get to know someone who was recently hailed by Filmmaker magazine as one of 25 filmmakers to watch.

Furnish Represents DFP at UFVA

unnamed-1DFP student Patricia Furnish recently attended the annual University Film and Video Association Conference  both as a recipient of a student fellowship and as a paper presenter. As a UFVA fellow, Patricia received financial support to attend the conference at American University in Washington, D.C. and to take part in a series of “fellows only” professional development opportunities in media education, media production, and careers within higher education.

Patricia presented two papers while at the conference, “Manufacturing History: The Truth Business and the Ethical Use of Archival Footage” and “Working Man’s Blues: Roger and Me and Michael Moore’s Contentious Place in Documentary History.”

UNC-TV Features Student Short

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now viewers recently got a sneak peek of Brian Gersten and Liv Dubendorf’s short film The Hollerin Contest at Spivey’s Corner.  Watch as Liv Dubendorf and hollerin’ champ Robby Goodman take you through the history of this traditional form of communication and tell you the story behind the production of this short film.

DFP Moves Downtown

IMG_3189It is an exciting day at the DFP!  We are moving our offices and classroom space to downtown Winston-Salem.  The program will now be located 10 minutes from the Wake Forest campus in the Historic Brookstown Mill at 200 Brookstown Avenue.

This former cotton mill, with its ample square footage, high ceilings, wood floors will now be home to a modern and innovative learning environment for DFP students.  The new location will provide plenty of space for students to work collaboratively and the opportunity to form stronger partnerships with non-profit and community organizations, area artists and filmmakers.

Be sure to keep up with the move on the DFP Facebook page.

Dickson Named Associate Dean

Sandy Dickson, co-director of the Wake Forest Documentary Film program, Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

We are delighted to announce that DFP Professor Sandy Dickson has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  In her new position, Sandy will foster the development of new graduate programs, nurture continuing programs, and engage the greater community in the Schools’ initiatives.

Sandy will continue to direct the Visual Storytelling Consortium, an effort to take storytelling across the liberal arts and sciences curriculum, and teach courses for the Documentary Film Program.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015)

Al, Peter and Gordon

Gordon Quinn, Albert Maysles and DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert.

We join the documentary community today in mourning the loss of documentary trailblazer Albert Maysles. A pioneer in the field and an inspiration to our students, he was a mentor and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Sports Storytelling Program

SummerSportsFlyerAn exciting Sports Storytelling Program offered this summer will feature DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert and his producing partner, NBA All-Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber.

The program gives Wake graduate students the opportunity to earn 6 credits hours in sports storytelling in three weeks. Gilbert will serve as a senior faculty member and Webber will participate as a guest speaker.

The program also provides DFP students with a great teaching opportunity as a select number of students will serve as lab instructors.

Webber/Gilbert Media Group Finds Success at Sundance


DFP Professor of Practice, Peter Gilbert (second from left) and Chris Webber (fourth from left) attending Sundance premiere.

DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert and producing partner NBA All-Star and TNT analyst Chris Webber, had a busy couple of days at Sundance.  The Webber/Gilbert Media Group served as executive producer of two films that made their debut at the premiere film festival. Continue reading