Congratulations to the unmapple team on an amazing weekend! 3rd year students Jasmine Luoma and Diane Hodson are celebrating not one, but two, festival wins. The film took Best Student Short at Indie Grits and Best Doc Short honors at the Florida Film Festival.
The Amazing Mr. Ash, directed by 1st year DFP student Brian Gersten, will screen on Sunday, April 19th at the Logan Theater as part of the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival. The film will be screened before the world premiere of Joseph Fletcher’s feature-documentary American B-Side.
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.
Jacob 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.
Learn about the diverse backgrounds and varied filmmaking goals of the first year students by checking out the Class of 2016 Bios.
The RiverRun Film Festival has selected The Legitimate Child and The Impetus to Desegregate, two documentary shorts produced by both former and current DFP students, to feature in their Films With Class program. The FWC program screens films in local classrooms to enhance the schools’ social studies curriculums.
The 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.
2103 MA graduate Rhonda Chan Soo is spending her summer in Alabama as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow. Rhonda is one of nine graduate level filmmakers from around the country using her documentary filmmaking skills to raise awareness about environmental issues in Alabama.
You can follow her work with the program at Southern Exposure Film Fellowship.
MFA 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.
Sana Attiq Haq has been award a $3,600 UFVA Carole Fielding Student Grant for The Other Army. A personal essay film, The Other Army, seeks to understand the issues faced by Pakistan in its struggle against terrorism. Haq says the film serves as a tribute to the people who have sacrificed their lives in counter-terrorism efforts and provides a glimpse into the lives of those they have left behind.