The Amazing Mr. Ash, a film by first year student Brian Gersten, is an official selection of the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival.
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.