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.
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.
North Carolina Shorts 1
- 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.
North Carolina Shorts 2
- April 14, 12:30 p.m., Hanesbrands
- April, 19 4:15 p.m., Hanesbrands
MFA student Chris Zaluski recently won the New Orleans Film Festival’s Pitch Perfect Competition for his film project, Wagonmasters. The contest involved film students from Florida State University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans and Tulane University as they presented a five-minute film pitch to a panel of film professionals. In addition to Zaluski, MFA student Jess Pic also pitched her film project, Wicked Silence.
Zaluski received $500 to be used toward the film’s production as well as MovieMagic budgeting software. His film project, Wagonmasters, is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2012 and is being produced with co-director and MFA student Sam Smartt.