Winning Weekend in New Orleans!

DJIt was a success all the way around for the DFP students attending the New Orleans Film Festival.  The umappable team’s festival premiere weekend got off to a great start with a profile in Wired magazine that featured a Q and A with filmmakers Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma.  It ended on an even higher note with the team taking home the Programmer’s Artistic Vision Award.  Congratulations to Diane and Jasmine on an amazing film launch!

PitchPerfect 2nd year student Bryan Campbell also came home a winner.  Bryan’s pitch of Looking for Trouble, a film he is co-directing with Caroline Cuny, took top honors in the Pitch Perfect competition. The contest included students from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Loyola, the University of New Orleans and Dillard University.  Bryan’s win earned $1000 in prize money that will go towards the completion of the film. This marks the third time a DFP student has participated in the competition and the third 1st place win.

DFP Students Make Their Mark in New Orleans

imagesThe 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!

A Win for Unconditional

BEA LogoCongratulations to the co-directors of Unconditional on their win at BEA! Rhonda Chan Soo, Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey recently took top honors in the documentary division at the Broadcast Education Association District 2 regional conference.

“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.