Emmy-nominated producer and editor Inbal Lessner stopped by the DFP this week to share her producing and editing expertise with the students. Lessner, who is serving as a visiting instructor at UNCSA this fall, has worked in non-scripted television, documentary series, documentary feature and narrative films. She produced and edited Brave Miss World, which premiered at AFI Docs and was launched as a Netflix exclusive in 2014. The film received an Emmy nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Lessner spoke to the students about her career path and offered a workshop on archival editing.
The DFP is delighted to host independent filmmaker, and alum of our Florida program, Michael Beach Nichols on Wednesday, February 3.
Nichols’ critically acclaimed film, Welcome to Leith, debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened at SXSW, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and many other premiere festivals. The film also aired on PBS’ Independent Lens and was released theatrically by First Run Features. His 2013 feature debut Flex is Kings premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Recently named one of Paste Magazine’s “20 Best New Filmmakers of 2015,” Nichols will discuss storytelling techniques and crowd source fundraising with the DFP students and screen Welcome to Leith on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 304.
Diane Hodson (MFA ’15) and Jasmine Luoma (MFA ’15) recently enjoyed some island living while screening their film unmappable at the Key West Film Festival. The duo has much to celebrate. Their film has screened in over 25 film festivals and garnered several “best of fest” nods since its award-winning debut at the New Orleans Film Festival last October.
Diane and Jasmine are both currently working as associate producers in New York. Jasmine is working with Catalyst Films and Diane is with Ripple Effect Films. Diane is also teaching documentary filmmaking and editing at Jacob Burns Film Center and consulting with numerous organizations, such as REACT to FILM.
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.
The documentary short follows the life and times of Ashod Baboorian, a beloved and eccentric Chicago-area magician. Mr. Ash, along with his wife Bonnie, has owned and operated Ash’s Magic Shop on Western Avenue since 1985. The Amazing Mr. Ash will screen on Friday, October 10th.
Looking for a challenge after graduating with her MFA, Mindy Keeley headed off to spend the summer hog hunting in the woods of Alabama. Mindy is the third DFP student to use her filmmaking skills to raise awareness about Alabama’s environmental issues as a Southern Exposure Film Fellow. The program provides a small group of college and graduate students the opportunity to develop their own voices as environmental advocates through the use of documentary film, photography, and journalism.
Mindy was one of six film fellows who produced short films about a variety of environmental topics in Alabama. Her film, Invasive in Alabama, explores the problems caused by invasive species through the experiences of those trying to curb the ever-increasing feral hog population in Northern Alabama. Continue reading
Make plans to attend the screening of Jacob Carah’s thesis film The Daily. The film explores how changes in the journalism industry are impacting the staff of the Winston-Salem Journal. While the film deals with the hard truths facing those in the industry, it is also a celebration of daily news; sometimes sad, at times surprising, always real.
We will see you at The Garage, 110 W. 7th Street, on Thursday, February 20th. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the screening starts at 8 p.m.
If you are a fan of short films be sure to check out the The 8th Annual Carrboro Film Festival on November 23-24. The all-shorts festival will feature over 50 films from North Carolina and beyond. MFA student Jacob Rosdail’s film The Doll Dilemma, which explores a daughter’s struggle to handle the extensive doll collection left behind by her late mother, will screen on November 23 at 12:45 p.m. at The ArtsCenter. You can also catch The Possum Drop, directed by MFA student Mindy Keeley, on November 24 at 2:30 p.m. at The Century Center.
The festival will also present the winner of the Our State Magazine documentary contest. Chris Zaluski, DFP alum and faculty advisor of WIP, is one of five contest finalists. His short, The Duke of Roguemont, provides a glimpse into how a North Carolina resident is expressing his love for the Dukes of Hazzard television show. The winner will be announced November 23 at 4 p.m. at the Century Center.