The DFP is delighted to announce third-year student Annie Danzi has landed a position at Frostburg State University in Maryland as an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication. She will be teaching courses in video production, TV studio production, and electronic media, and will work within the department’s new state-of-the-art Center for Communications and Information Technology.
“In the time that I have spent at Wake Forest University pursuing my MFA in the Documentary Film Program, I have grown tremendously,” says Danzi. “With the profound guidance of the DFP faculty I have been able to determine exactly which path is best for me as an artist and future educator, and take strides toward achieving my career goals.”
In addition to completing her coursework and multimedia MFA project, Follow Me Girls, during the 2013-2014 school year, Danzi held various leadership positions, including serving as event director for a screening of “Artists of the Holocaust: A Collection of Short Films” in conjunction with the WFU Humanities Institute, completing two teaching assistantships, and representing her class on the DFP Council. She will begin her position in Fall 2014.
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.
Peter Carolla is the recipient of a University Film and Video Association Graduate Student Conference Fellowship.
The fellowship provides a select group of students with financial support to attend the annual UFVA conference and the opportunity to participate in a Fellows Program that offers professional development opportunities and helps graduate students position themselves for the academic job market.
Andrew Austin, with his Power Glove in hand, delivered an entertaining and informative pitch to capture top honors in RiverRun’s 2nd Annual Pitchfest. Austin pitched The Power of Glove, a film that chronicles the colorful history and legacy of the first video game controller that allowed players to control Nintendo games with 3D hand gestures, to a panel of industry professionals. Austin received $500 in prize money to be used toward the production of the film he is co-directing with Paula Kosowski and Adam Ward.
The PitchFest competition featured film students from the DFP, Elon, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts
When Wake Forest departments and organizations repeatedly requested the storytelling skills of DFP filmmakers, a group of entrepreneurial-minded students decided to make the most of this opportunity. Chris Zaluski, Sam Smartt and Kim Dryden developed a business plan, secured a location in scenic Reynolda Village and launched Wrought Iron Productions a video production house managed and staffed by DFP students.
WIP is dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality storytelling and video production services to the Wake Forest community while offering graduate students entrepreneurial and professional work experience to supplement their academic training and help offset their tuition expenses.