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.

The Power of Glove Gets Some Buzz

Power Glove IIThe Power of Glove is gaining an online following.  In addition to posts by multiple gaming blogs including A.V. Club, Eurogamer and MTV Mulitplayer, the film was recently featured in Wired.   The article, “There’s a Nintendo Power Glove Documentary Coming (Yes, It Has a Wizard Reference),” features an interview with co-director Andrew Austin who speaks to how the team came to do the film and what they learned about the Power Glove in the process.

The Power of Glove seems to have an enthusiastic audience ready and waiting to see it.

Wagonmasters Brings Home 2nd Place Emmy Honor

samandchris_ctaMFA students Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski recently traveled to Los Angeles to attend the 34th Annual College Television Awards. The pair came home with a 2nd place win in the Documentary Division for their film Wagonmasters. The award, also known as a “Student Emmy” was presented by the American Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.