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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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.

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