The New Orleans Film Festival, recently featured in Forbes magazine as one of the fastest growing fests in the U.S., is marking its 25th anniversary this week and several DFP students will be part of the celebration.
The Documentary Shorts category will feature two DFP student films: unmappable, co-directed by 3rd year students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma , and Unconditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo (MA 2013), Hanna Teachey (MFA 2014), and Kelly McKenna (MFA2014).
Bryan Campbell and Monica Berra will represent the DFP in the festival’s Pitch Perfect competition. Bryan will pitch Looking for Trouble, a film on disaster relief worker Fred Cuny that he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny. Monica will pitch a film that examines Florida’s threatened citrus industry.
Have a great fest guys!
The Amazing Mr. Ash, a film directed by first year student Brian Gersten, is headed to the West Coast. The documentary short is following its recent premiere at Chicago Reel Fest with a closing night screening at ARPA International Film Fest. The film will screen on Sunday, November 16 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Peter Gilbert is man of many talents. He is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, a DFP Professor of Practice, and a producer of independent films. This diverse skill set did not go unnoticed by Newcity Film. The site, which covers movie making in Chicago, recently named Gilbert to its list of top 50 film artists in Chicago.
In putting together its Film 50 2014 list, Newcity was looking for “exemplars of the multi-hyphenate talents… who aren’t juggling multiple careers, but living them as full, admirable, even enviable creative lives.” A very fitting description of Gilbert, who splits his time between Wake Forest and his hometown of Chicago. Gilbert shares top ten honors with Steve James, Bill Murray and Joe Swanberg.
Co-drectors Walidah Muhammad and Kathi Barnhill
Frivolous Things, a film co-directed by Kathi Barnhill (MA ’14), Walidah Muhammad (MA ’14) and Joe Jowers (MFA ’15), made its U.S. premiere at a recent fundraising event at Old Salem for Kybele, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth conditions worldwide through medical education partnerships. The film follows a Kybele medical team as it works to improve conditions in the neonatal intensive care unit at a leading regional hospital in Ghana. The film made its Canadian premiere at a similar Kybele fundraising event in Toronto in May.
DFP faculty, students and alums recently returned from a productive University Film and Video Association conference in Bozeman, Montana. Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey screened Unconditional, a film they co-directed with Rhonda Chan Soo, and participated in an audience Q & A.
Diane Hodson, a UFVA Carole Fielding Grant winner, presented a work-in-progress screening of unmappable, a film she co-directed with Jasmine Louma. Hodson also presented the paper, Hollow: A Case Study in Interactive Documentary.
DFP Co-Director, Cindy Hill screened Living in the Overlap, a film she co-directed with Professor Mary Dalton. DFP alum Joe Cornelius was also in attendance in as a faculty member of Queens University of Charlotte. Thanks UFVA and Montana State for hosting a great conference.
Drawn together by a shared passion for public art, DFP alum (MFA ’13) Kim Dryden and Wake Forest alum Austin Smith, a Filipino-American, formulated the idea for the Filipino Street Art Project before graduating in 2013. Both were attracted to the idea of taking a public art form and amplifying its impact through online media forms. The project consists of a feature-length documentary film, interactive website, online exhibits, short films, and photo galleries supported by a central website. A short year later their transmedia project and its mission of celebrating the power of street art to communicate, empower, and encourage discussion about universal issues is attracting international attention. Continue reading
We want to let all members of the Documentary Film Program community know about some exciting changes happening at the DFP. After many years of dedicated service, Sandy Dickson is stepping down as director in order to develop storytelling initiatives involving the DFP. Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson will now handle administrative and overall programmatic matters as co-directors of the program. Sandy will continue to teach and advise thesis films and creative projects.
We are also delighted to report that Peter Gilbert was recently promoted to Full Professor of Practice. He is the first faculty member at Wake Forest to hold this position.
We believe these changes will allow the DFP faculty to offer an even stronger academic, creative and professional experience to our students.
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.
Second 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.
What 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.