MFA Film at Independent Film Week
Happy to share the exciting news that Cameron Bargerstock’s (MFA ’14) film Exit Music is among the 140 projects selected for the esteemed Project Forum at IFP Independent Film Week.
The film, executive produced by DFP Professor of Practice Peter Gilbert, is one of 50 documentary features appearing in the Spotlight on Documentaries section. This section includes both emerging and established filmmakers in non-fiction. IFP Independent Film Week runs September 20-25th at Lincoln Center in New York City.
LFP Grant Goes to Alumni
Congratulations to DFP alum Cameron Bargerstock (MFA’ 14) on her LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Grant! LEF will provide $15,000 toward her film Exit Music. We are thrilled to see Cameron’s hard work and creativity recognized with such a generous contribution. LEF noted that the recipients of this award “bring a strong creative eye to their work and share a unique intimacy with their subjects.” An excellent summation of Cameron’s approach to filmmaking.
Danzi to Teach at Frostburg State
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.
Carolla Lands Position at Davidson
Best wishes to Peter Carolla (MFA ’13) as he starts his new position as Media Production Specialist at Davidson College. Peter will be assisting Davidson students and faculty with their visual storytelling needs in and out of the classroom. He will also collaborate with faculty and administrators on the design of a curriculum for digital storytelling.
Three Alums Screen at Tribeca
A former student premiering a film at the Tribeca Film Festival is a thrill, three alums screening at Tribeca at the same time is beyond thrilling. DFP faculty members Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson are delighted with the recent A-list film festival success of their former University of Florida students. From Sundance to Tribeca these former students are making their mark as storytellers.
Running from Crazy, directed by Barbara Kopple and co-produced by David Cassidy (2002 UF alum) is following its Sundance premiere with screenings at Tribeca, FullFrame Documentary Film Festival and Sundance London.
LET THE FIRE BURN, directed by Jason Osder (2001 UF alum) will premiere in the World Documentary Competition section of Tribeca. The film will also screen in the Special Presentations program at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and in the San Francisco International Film Festival in the feature documentary competition.
Michael Beach Nichols (2009 UF alum) and Deidre Schoo’s film Flex Is Kings will also make its world premiere at Tribeca. In addition, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, a film John Aldrich (2000 UF alum) worked on as co-producer, cinematographer and editor recently made its premiere at SXSW.
The faculty could not be more proud of the work these alums have produced and of the contribution they are making to the documentary filmmaking community.