Schimmel Chosen for Southern Exposure Film Fellowship

Schimmel1Scott Schimmel will put his environmental science background and his filmmaking skills to use this summer in Alabama as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow.

The six-week summer fellowship provides a small group of undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through nonfiction storytelling. The fellows will produce films intended to raise public awareness about important issues facing Alabama’s environment.

Scott is the fourth DFP student to receive a fellowship since the program’s inception five years ago.

Congrats to DFP Richter Recipients!

IMG_3760We are proud to announce that 2nd year DFP students Scott Schimmel and Olivia Dubendorf are 2016 Richter Scholars.  The Richter Scholarship program provides funding for students to pursue scholarly and creative work requiring travel.  Schimmel and Dubendorf will receive just over $4,000 each to fund their international film projects.  Schimmel will  use the funds for a film project examining climate change in Vanuatu and Dubendorf will travel to Europe to research a multimedia project on World War II stories.

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.”

Students Land CEES Grant

2nd year DFP students Justin Chen, Patricia Furnish and Josh Harris recently received a grant from Wake Forest University’s The Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) in support of their master’s thesis film A Legacy in Ashes. The film explores the environmental consequences of the Dan River Coal Ash spill on Eden, N.C., where Duke Energy’s coal-fired steam station is located.

“We deeply appreciate the support and encouragement of CEES’s committee, and we plan to apply the funds to costs for travel, lodging and archival research,” said Patricia Furnish. The CEES grant funds opportunities for research, scholarship, and working groups related to energy, environment and sustainability.

Rosdail Heads to University of Nebraska at Kearney

Jacob R and FamilyJacob Rosdail has had a busy couple of months.  He screened two of his films at the RiverRun International Film Festival, wrapped up his responsibilities as Director of Wrought Iron Productions, welcomed his new daughter into the world and graduated with his MFA degree. In the midst of all that, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at  the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“The family is very excited for this new phase in our lives.  I’m eager to share the skills I’ve learned in the field and in the DFP with my students,” says Rosdail.

Rosdail will teach classes in video production, visual storytelling, and communication software.  He will start his new teaching duties in August.