We are proud to announce that 2nd year DFP students Scott Schimmel and Olivia Dubendorf are 2016 Richter Scholars. The Richter Scholarship program provides funding for students to pursue scholarly and creative work requiring travel. Schimmel and Dubendorf will receive just over $4,000 each to fund their international film projects. Schimmel will use the funds for a film project examining climate change in Vanuatu and Dubendorf will travel to Europe to research a multimedia project on World War II stories.
Congratulations to Sana Attiq Haq on her recent appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Elon University! She will join Elon in August and will teach courses in multimedia content and global communication.
Haq received her MFA from the Documentary Film Program in 2013. In addition to working as an independent filmmaker, she has taught media production and mass communication courses at Elon, Greensboro College and Wake Forest University.
The DFP is delighted to host independent filmmaker, and alum of our Florida program, Michael Beach Nichols on Wednesday, February 3.
Nichols’ critically acclaimed film, Welcome to Leith, debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and many other premiere festivals. The film also aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was released theatrically by First Run Features. His 2013 feature debut Flex is Kings premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Recently named one of Paste Magazine’s “20 Best New Filmmakers of 2015,” Nichols will discuss storytelling techniques and crowd source fundraising with the DFP students and screen Welcome to Leith on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 304.
DFP Professors of Practice Chris Webber and Peter Gilbert have put together a diverse package of internship opportunities for the inaugural class of sports storytelling students. The following media outlets, sports teams and organizations recently signed on to offer internships to students in the MA Sports Storytelling program:
- NBA TV
- Atlanta Hawks
- UTA Talent Agency, Sports Management
- Charlotte Hornets
- Comerica Bank
- Detroit Pistons
- Detroit Tigers
- Chicago Fire MLS Soccer
Gilbert and Webber will announce additional internship opportunities in the coming months. In addition, the faculty will work with students to secure independently identified internship positions. Participating in an internship is an optional part of the two-year MA program in Sports Storytelling.
Get an insider’s perspective on how to tell the human story behind the sporting event. Our Masters of Arts offers you the opportunity to learn sports storytelling from five-time NBA all-star, sports analyst, and film producer Chris Webber and Emmy-winning director/producer and cinematographer Peter Gilbert.
Webber’s two seasons as part of the fabled “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan in the early 90s, and his 15 years as a power forward in the NBA, laid the foundation for his current success as a broadcaster, businessman, philanthropist and steward of African-American culture. Webber is a game analyst and color commentator for Turner sports and is widely regarded as “a “thinking fan’s player-analyst” by both media critics and fans. So it is no surprise he would share common ground with Peter Gilbert, whose Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams is universally acclaimed as the best sports documentary of all time and has made multiple “best movies ever” critics list. Gilbert and Webber are now bringing their shared passion for sports storytelling with an emphasis on the intersection of sports, culture and society into an academic setting.
Our two-year MA offers you the opportunity to tap into the expertise of this dynamic team and prepare for careers producing sports media examining the complex relationship between sports and society. More specifically, the program will provide you with the skills to produce long form documentary, short films, and website projects through:
- Storytelling skills courses in writing, editing, directing, and cinematography taught by seasoned award-winning filmmakers.
- Challenging coursework, taught by Webber and distinguished Wake Faculty members, that explores the social and cultural role of sports in society.
- Conversations with influential speakers on issues of class, culture and race. Webber will moderate many of these discussions.
- Educational and professional experiences with local and regional sports teams and organizations.
- Internships at local, regional and national sports media and sports communication companies.
Jon Jensen will share his experiences as an international journalist in the Middle East in Live from the Living Room: Storytelling Amidst Conflict, Chaos, and Camels in a Changing Middle East at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 12 at the Graduate School at Brookstown, Suite 304. DFP students will also have the opportunity to speak to Jensen about the impact of social media on storytelling in the Middle East on Monday afternoon.
Jensen is a producer for CNN International in Abu Dhabi. He produces CNN’s Silk Road: Past, Present, Future, a 30-minute feature program that takes viewers on journey along the ancient caravan trails between China and Italy. He has also produced breaking news coverage in the field for CNN, including the 2014 conflict in Israel and Gaza and the 2013 military coup in Egypt.
Filmmaker 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.
DFP 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’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.
It 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.