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.

Cabin Creek Producer Visits DFP

DC1Award-winning Cabin Creek producer, and former student of the DFP faculty, David Cassidy will visit the DFP on October 21- 22.  Cassidy has produced documentary series and features with Barbara Kopple and Cabin Creek Films for over ten years. He most recently produced Running from Crazy which premiered at Sundance 2013. The film follows Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, as she strives for a greater understanding of her family history of suicide and mental illness.  Continue reading

Hodson Heads to Pitch Perfect

NOLAParticipating in pitch competitions against your peers is a great way to test your pitching skills and get feedback on your ideas.  DFP student Diane Hodson will get the opportunity do just that in the Pitch Perfect competition at the 24th annual New Orleans Film Festival on October 12th.  Pitch Perfect provides film students from a number of universities the opportunity to practice the art of pitching to a panel of film industry professionals.  Diane will pitch her thesis film, co-directed by Jasmine Luoma, on map-maker Denis Wood, author of Everything Sings and The Power of Maps.

DFP Offers Emphasis in Entrepreneurship Education in the Creative Arts

Filmmakers must know how to maximize limited resources, sell their ideas to funders and ultimately convince an audience to join them on a storytelling journey. In short, they have to be entrepreneurs. The DFP wants to ensure that its students can combine these creative entrepreneurial skills with the business acumen needed to support a sustainable career in the arts.

Its all about how to build ideas around the art, build companies around the art that you are creating to provide a long-term income so you can continue to do your art.

-Pat Dickson, DFP Affiliate Faculty and President of the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurs

Workshops and courses offered provide our students with the knowledge and skills to assess an opportunity, conduct a competitive analysis, and develop a business model for a creative arts business.

Peter Gilbert Hired as Full-Time Faculty

gilbert3The DFP is delighted to announce that award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer Peter Gilbert is joining the program as a full-time faculty member. Gilbert began a three-year appointment as a part-time lecturer at Wake Forest last fall and it quickly became evident that he was very much at home at the DFP. The enthusiastic response of both graduate and undergraduate students to his teaching and mentoring and his generous contributions to the overall development of the program led to a full-time offer being extended and accepted.

Gilbert will join Wake as a Professor of Practice and will teach DFP courses in cinematography, entrepreneurship and documentary-to-narrative storytelling. He will also advise 2nd and 3rd year students on their creative projects.  I am honored to be a full time member of Wake Forest and the DFP, Gilbert said in reaction to the appointment.  This is an opportunity that allows me to engage in and teach storytelling at an incredible institution. I am particularly excited about the opportunity to merge entrepreneurship into curriculum of the DFP. I look forward to helping to raise the visibility of this fantastic program and to help our students continue make wonderful films.

In addition to his DFP duties, Gilbert will continue to teach undergraduate courses in Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in Creative and Liberal Arts.

Q&A with Peter Gilbert

Award-winning producer, director and cinematographer Peter Gilbert talks about his position as Part-Time Lecturer in the Documentary Film Program.

As part of his job, Gilbert will be on campus 10-12 weeks and then will leave and continue making films during the rest of the year. Gilbert is teaching two undergraduate classes: Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in the Creative and LIberal Arts. He is also helping the DFP graduate students with their thesis films during his graduate-level Master Class in Documentary Storytelling.

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