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.

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  • 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.

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

Special Preview Screening, Q & A with Director

mitch_smallA special preview screening of a film about the global food crisis will take place on Wednesday Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Wake Forest’s Annenberg Forum. A Q&A with the film’s director, Mitch Levine, will also take place following the special screening.

Shot on location throughout Indonesia and India, this film is a feature documentary set against the backdrop of the global food crisis. Today, skyrocketing prices of rice, corn and other basic staples and a lack of dairy, protein and vitamins spark food riots and threaten to drive hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people deeper into hunger and malnutrition. This film takes us on a journey from the small town of Anand, India to the islands and villages of Indonesia, where agriculture and the welfare of the people have long been neglected.

It tells the story of the White Revolution, an effort to bring dairy cooperatives to impoverished villages around the world as a means of combating malnutrition at its source and getting milk to starving and malnourished children and their families. Weaving together expert interviews and the voices of the Indonesian and Indian people, the film employs traditional documentary techniques and utilizes Javanese performance as the narrative spine of the story. It includes traditional and contemporary Indian and Indonesian music and a special song by Patti Smith.

The screening is sponsored by the Documentary Film Program and is free and open to the public.

Screening of Brother Number One

brotheroneDFP Professor and Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Peter Gilbert will present his film Brother Number One on October 25 at 7 p.m. at the WFU Byrum Welcome Center. He will also talk about the film as well as his experiences as a documentary filmmaker during a Q&A and reception following the screening.

Brother Number One is a New Zealand documentary co-directed and photographed by Gilbert. The story centers on the torture and murder of Kerry Hamill by the Khmer Rouge in 1978 and follows his younger brother, world champion rower John Dewhirst, on a journey to retrace Hamill’s steps while speaking to eyewitnesses, perpetrators, and survivors of the Cambodian genocide.

Through Rob Hamill’s personal story, Brother Number One explores one of the “forgotten” genocides of the 20th century, examining how and why nearly 2 million Cambodians could be killed by a fanatical regime known as the Khmer Rouge.

The screening, which is sponsored by the Documentary Film Program with a reception provided by Reynolda Film Festival, is free and open to the public.

RiverRun Screens DFP Student Films

RiverRun Screens Work of DFP Students

The 14th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival will feature several DFP student films in its North Carolina Shorts Program. RiverRun is a regional event based in Winston-Salem and is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.

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An Unreasonable Woman

 

An Unreasonable Woman, produced by Camie Bargerstock and Paula Kosowski profiles adventurous accordionist Shirley Deane who traveled to more than 60 countries during the ’50s and ’60s, breaking gender boundaries of the time.

Queen's Kingdom

 

Queen’s Kingdom, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Kelly McKenna, offers an engaging portrait of Queen Toveia who has been selling hot dogs across from the bus station in downtown Winston-Salem for more than two decades.

Screening Times:
April 14, 1:00 p.m. @ a/perture
April 20, 2:00 p.m. @ Hanesbrands Theatre

NC Shorts 2

Gamers of the Lost Ark, directed by Jacob Rosdail and Adam Ward captures the efforts of two friends to turn their passion for video games and their nostalgia for the arcade experience into a profitable business venture.

Children_of_KabulChildren of Kabul, directed by Jon Bougher (MFA 2011) and undergraduate Communications major Jawad Wahabzada, takes you into the lives of four young Afghan children and provides first-hand accounts of a generation washing cars, picking garbage, selling food and hammering metal to earn money for their families. Devastated by war and economic difficulties, these children are the breadwinners of their families, creating an uncertain future for the country.

Screening Times:

April 15, 12:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre
April 20, 4:30 @ Hanesbrands Theatre

Filmmaker Visit Focuses on Holocaust and Ethics

church_flier_WEBAs a professor of documentary film history, Dr. Churchill Roberts lectures on how both the perpetrators of and the survivors of the Holocaust have used the medium of documentary film. As a film director, he has walked through the death camps of Auschwitz and Chelmno with survivors as they recounted the painful memories of what happened to them and their families.

On Tuesday, February 14 Roberts will present Reconstructing the Most Terrifying Moments of the Holocaust: A Documentary Approach. In this public lecture, he will examine the use of Holocaust survivor testimonies in documentary films, the objectives and responsibilities of filmmakers in securing these testimonies and the ethical challenges filmmakers face with these portrayals. In addition to seminal works such as Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, the presentation will include an examination of a film Roberts’ co-directed featuring the efforts of a WWII veteran to find Holocaust survivors he photographed during the liberation of a slave labor camp. The lecture will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.

During his visit, Roberts will also meet with students in the DFP’s Documentary Film History course to discuss the life and work of German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. He will supplement an examination of Riefenstahl’s films, Triumph Of The Will and Olympia, with insights from his personal interview with the filmmaker to explore the propagandist traditions within the documentary genre.

As the former co-director of the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida, Roberts worked with DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson on several films including, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, Angel of Ahlem, Negroes with Guns and Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore