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.”

Unmappable in SXSW!

10541366_1751899855035760_3381202685598236938_oWe are thrilled to announce that unmappable , co-directed by 3rd year DFP students Diane Hodson and Jasmine Luoma, is a SXSW official selection.  The film will screen in the documentary shorts competition of the top-tier film festival in March.  The film will also screen at the Atlanta Film Festival in March and the Florida Film Festival in April.  We could not be prouder of Diane and Jasmine!

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!