Wow! What a week it has been for Soul City! The film, co-directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards, screened this weekend at DOC NYC–America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world.” The film also screened this week at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival and the Denver Film Festival.
Check out the DOC NYC Q & A below with Gini Richards and the co-directors of the Agents of Change, which screened in the same block. Both films make an important contribution to the conversation about this country’s ongoing struggle for racial equality and inclusion. Soul City tells the story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in North Carolina during the 1970s, while Agents of Change examines the student movements for ethnic studies at Cornell and San Francisco State Universities in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Congratulations to Scott Schimmel on his Award of Merit win in the Nature/Environment/Wildlife (Student) category of the Best Shorts Competition! The winning film, Waste Not Want Not, takes behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role of citizens and businesses in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Scott produced the film while serving as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow this summer.
Soul City follows up its Best Documentary win at its world festival premiere, with a second Best Short Doc win at the Harlem International Film Festival. What a way to kick off a festival run!
The film, directed by Gini Richards, Monica Berra and SheRea DelSol, tells the story story of a group idealists who attempt to build a multi-racial utopia in Klan Country, North Carolina during the 1970s.
Soul City heads to the Austin Film Festival on October 14th and 16th. It will also screen in Wichita on Saturday, October 15th at the Tallgrass International Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, October 27 at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Wow! What a summer it has been for Looking for Trouble. Congratulations Bryan Campbell (MFA ’16) and Caroline Cuny (MFA ’16) on your recent Student Academy Awards nomination and your Jury Prize at the San Antonio Film Festival!
Looking for Trouble, co-directed by Bryan Campbell and Caroline Cuny, is an official selection to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film explores the efforts of legendary disaster relief engineer Fred Cuny to bring safe drinking to war torn Sarajevo in 1993. According to festival planners, Big Sky will screen more than 200 shorts and feature films, culled from 1,500 entries. Congrats to Bryan and Caroline on making it through a rigorous selection process!
Diane Hodson (MFA ’15) and Jasmine Luoma (MFA ’15) recently enjoyed some island living while screening their film unmappable at the Key West Film Festival. The duo has much to celebrate. Their film has screened in over 25 film festivals and garnered several “best of fest” nods since its award-winning debut at the New Orleans Film Festival last October.
Diane and Jasmine are both currently working as associate producers in New York. Jasmine is working with Catalyst Films and Diane is with Ripple Effect Films. Diane is also teaching documentary filmmaking and editing at Jacob Burns Film Center and consulting with numerous organizations, such as REACT to FILM.
Congratulations to 2nd year students Brian Gersten and Olivia Dubendorf! Their short film, The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner, will make its festival debut in November at the Underexposed Film Festival in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Scott Schimmel’s short film Community Meal took second place honors and $200 in prize money at the 6th Annual Sustainability Shorts Film Competition. The annual short film competition is hosted by The Weatherspoon Art Museum, WUAG 103.1 FM, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Sustainability Council.
The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by Brian Gerston, received a Special Jury Award at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. The film was honored for “its representation of Chicago’s myriad cultures, as represented in a single person.”
Congratulations to the unmapple team on an amazing weekend! 3rd year students Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson are celebrating not one, but two, festival wins. The film took Best Student Short at Indie Grits and Best Doc Short honors at the Florida Film Festival.
The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by 1st year DFP student Brian Gersten, will screen on Sunday, April 19th at the Logan Theater as part of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. The film will be screened before the world premiere of Joseph Fletcher’s feature-documentary American B-Side.