“Animating the Void” has its Festival Premiere

atv_1000Animating the Void: Erasing Michelle from “Full House”, a short film directed by Andrew Austin (MFA ‘14), will premiere this evening at the DC Shorts Film Festival.  Austin completed the film as part of his MFA Creative Project while at the DFP. The film chronicles his quest to digitally remove the character of Michelle Tanner from the sitcom, Full House–a video project that invited some unexpected attention. The film will also be screening at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival on October 9.

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.

Festival News

LaurelOSKids of Conquest, a short film co-directed by Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson, will screen at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio on October 2nd.  The film follows three sixth grade students from Winston-Salem, NC as they create historical documentaries dramatically bringing to life famous conquerors and invaders.

Festival News: A Win and Official Selections

BestMFFThe One Who Builds co-directed by Peter Carolla, Hillary Pierce and Nick Gooler, brings home a Best Short Documentary win at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival.  This marks the first best in category win for The One Who Builds.

The Legitimate Child, co-directed and co-produced by Michele Ferris and Kelly McKenna, will be featured in the Dayton Film Festival. The film will appear in the Shorts Blocks II screening on Sunday August 25th, 1:00 p.m. at the Neon in Dayton.

The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, also continues its festival run with an official selection to the Knoxville Film Festival. The festival will be held September 19-22.

Andrew Austin Wins RiverRun PitchFest

riverunlogoAndrew Austin, with his Power Glove in hand, delivered an entertaining and informative pitch to capture top honors in RiverRun’s 2nd Annual Pitchfest. Austin pitched The Power of Glove, a film that chronicles the colorful history and legacy of the first video game controller that allowed players to control Nintendo games with 3D hand gestures, to a panel of industry professionals. Austin received $500 in prize money to be used toward the production of the film he is co-directing with Paula Kosowski and Adam Ward.

The PitchFest competition featured film students from the DFP, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

 

Alums Screen at Sundance, Tribeca and Hot Docs

A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers.

Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and co-produced by David Cassidy (2002 UF alum) is following its Sundance premiere with screenings at Tribeca, FullFrame Documentary Film Festival and Sundance London.

LET THE FIRE BURN, directed by Jason Osder (2001UF alum) will premiere in the World Documentary Competition section of Tribeca. The film will also screen in the Special Presentations program at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and in the San Francisco International Film Festival in the feature documentary competition.

Michael Beach Nichols (2009 UF alum) and Deidre Schoo’s film Flex Is Kings will also make its world premiere at Tribeca. In addition, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, a film John Aldrich (2000 UF alum) worked on as co-producer, cinematographer and editor recently made its premiere at SXSW.

The faculty could not be more proud of the work these alums have produced and of the contribution they are making to the documentary filmmaking community.

RiverRun Screens DFP Student Films

The RiverRun, International Film Festival, a premiere regional film festival based in Winston-Salem, will feature five DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts category. This program features the best short films received from N.C. filmmakers.

Autism in Love, Director: Michelle Friedline
Autism in Love profiles R.V. Kuser, a clever man of 50 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who has overcome his deficient social skills and odd behaviors to embrace life. He and his wife Marlene share secrets about their bond and R.V. reveals the true meaning of unconditional love.

Wagonmasters, Directors: Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski
The car that was once the quintessential image of the American Dream is all but dead to most people. For a handful of diehards, however, the station wagon is still the vehicle of choice. This short tells the story of the vehicle as a symbol of a changing America over the last century.

North Carolina Shorts 1

  • April 14, 10:00 a.m. Hanesbrands
  • April 19, 1:30 p.m. Hanesbrands

The Impetus to Desegregate, Director: Chris Zaluski
In the 1950s and 1960s, many universities faced court-ordered desegregation, but Wake Forest, as a private institution, was not under federal mandate. The process of desegregation was prompted primarily by student petitioning and protest. This film explores how Wake Forest became the first major private university in the South to integrate.

The Legitimate Child, Directors Michele Ferris and Kelly McKenna
This short documentary tells the unique story of the Safe Bus Company, the only African American-owned and operated bus company of its time, which was located right here in Winston-Salem. Safe Bus was the legitimate child of an illegitimate system.

The One Who Builds, Directors: Peter Carolla, Nick Gooler and Hillary Pierce
The One Who Builds is the story of the life and work of Dr. Omer Omer, once a Sudanese refugee, now an American citizen, who is giving back as the director of a refugee resettlement organization in Greensboro, North Carolina.

North Carolina Shorts 2

  • April 14, 12:30 p.m., Hanesbrands
  • April, 19 4:15 p.m., Hanesbrands

Zaluski Wins New Orleans Pitch Contest

MFA student Chris Zaluski recently won the New Orleans Film Festival’s Pitch Perfect Competition for his film project, Wagonmasters.  The contest involved film students from Florida State University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans and Tulane University as they presented a five-minute film pitch to a panel of film professionals. In addition to Zaluski, MFA student Jess Pic also pitched her film project, Wicked Silence.

Zaluski received $500 to be used toward the film’s production as well as MovieMagic budgeting software. His film project, Wagonmasters, is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2012 and is being produced with co-director and MFA student Sam Smartt.