Schimmel Earns Award of Merit

waste-not-want-notCongratulations 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.

Two Fests, Two Wins for Soul City

14354940_638785039637324_5846781371028671922_nSoul 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.

Look Who’s Headed to the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

10624845_659335367497067_275881937599391809_nLooking 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!

Checking in with unmappable

12244431_10107759351963281_3561967360589052305_oDiane 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.

Fest Success for 1st Year Students

shortsScott 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.


248812903_1280x944The 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.”