DFP in the News

Recent MFA graduate Jon Bougher is working with undergraduate Communications major Jawad Wahabzada to produce a film on child labor victims in Kabul, Afghanistan. Their effort to raise awareness about this important issue caught the attention of CNN International.

Watch the video interview: Child Labor in Kabul

DFP students Kim Dryden, Brent Richardson, Sam Smartt, Peter Corolla, Jessica Pic and Catherine Weiner taught local teens the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Read more about their program here: Teens learn film-making from WFU documentary students.

Peter Gilbert to Join DFP in Fall 2011

gilbert3Award-winning producer, director and cinematographer Peter Gilbert joins the DFP this fall. Gilbert has accepted a three-year appointment as a part-time lecturer at Wake Forest and will offer his experience and expertise to both DFP and undergraduate students. He will teach a Master Class in Producing and Directing to second year DFP students as well as undergraduate courses in Visual Storytelling and Entrepreneurship in Creative and Liberal Arts.

Gilbert’s distinguished record in the industry includes serving as Producer and Director of Photography on the Oscar-nominated documentary Hoop Dreams. This landmark film won numerous awards including The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Producers Guild of America, Independent Spirit Award, and The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Journalism. It is ranked #1 on the International Documentary’s Association’s Top 25 Documentaries list.

Gilbert co-directed At the Death House Door, his latest collaboration with Hoop Dreams director Steve James, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2008, and won awards at several other festivals, including the inspiration award at Full Frame. In 2004, he premiered With All Deliberate Speed, the first work in the new series “Discovery Docs,” which he co-founded with the Discovery Network. He also recently produced Scattered: The Lost Boys of Sudan (2005); executive produced the award-winning Deadline (2004), broadcast as a prime-time feature documentary on NBC; and produced and directed A Time for Dancing (2003). His earlier work includes All the Rage (1999); the Emmy Award-winning documentary Vietnam, Long Time Coming (1998), Prefontaine (1997), as cinematographer and co-producer; Stevie (2002), as co-cinematographer and co-producer; and Married in America (2002), as principal photographer.

DFP Featured in Wake Forest Magazine

wakeMagPicThe Documentary Film Program is featured in the Spring issue of Wake Forest Magazine.The article, “To Tell the Truth,” examines the DFP’s move from the University of Florida to Wake Forest in Fall 2010. It also speaks to documentary film’s core values aligning with those of Wake Forest.

“One of the things we said all along is that the Documentary Film Program puts Pro Humanitate into practice,” said Mary Dalton, DFP Co-Director and Associate Professor of Communication.

Dalton, along with DFP Co-Director Sandy Dickson, was instrumental in moving the program from Florida to Winston-Salem.

Read the full article