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Schimmel Selected for Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes

ampav-efs_no-date_300x300x We are delighted to share the news that Scott Schimmel’s film, My Garden, No Longer, is headed to Cannes! Schimmel’s film, which examines the impact of climate change on the people of Malekula Island in Vanuatu, is a finalist in the 2017 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The showcase provides an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to have their works seen by Cannes Festival and Film Market attendees at a special invitation only screening in The Roger Ebert Conference Center during the Cannes Film Festival. The American Pavilion describes the event as “a festival within a festival at the most important event on the international film calendar.”

Schimmel’s film was supported through the Richter Scholars program, which provides travel funding for summer research, and a  $3,000 research grant from The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Wright Captures 2nd Place PitchFest Honors

17854703_1663969453620142_594000845963190598_oCongratulations to Stan Wright (MFA ’18) on bringing home second place honors in the 6th Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition. The second-place finish earned Stan, and co-director Dominic Silva, $250 in prize money to put towards the completion of their thesis film.  Aaron Lovett of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took home first-place.

The pitch competition featured film students from the DFP, The University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  The students pitched their documentary shorts to jurors Amy Schumaker, Jeff Reichert, and Jeremy Workman who provided valuable feedback on pitching techniques and story development.

More Fest Success for Schimmel!

UnknownScott Schimmel’s film, Waste Not, Want Not, is a finalist in the professional documentary division of the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival to be held on festival March 2-4. But wait, there’s more good news…Waste Not, Want Not will also screen as an official selection in the Sustainability Shorts Film Festival at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana on February 25.

The film, which was produced this summer in fulfillment of Scott’s Southern Exposure Film Fellowship, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the scale and scope of the international recycling industry housed in Alabama, and the role citizens and businesses play in shifting toward more sustainable solutions to address waste. Congrats to Scott and to the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program!

Tune In for Soul City’s TV Premiere

Don’t miss your chance to watch Soul City in the comfort of you own home! Soul City, co-directed by MFA ‘16 graduates Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards, makes its broadcast debut as part of the Reel South lineup.  The film, an examination of a 1970s multiracial utopia built in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina, earned the endorsement of Reel South host and Grammy-winning artist, Darius Rucker:

Soul City’ is one of the first to air and one of my favorites…It’s the story of a group of civil rights activists who tried to create a planned community based on racial harmony – it’s incredibly interesting and uplifting

North Carolina viewers can catch Soul City on January 5th on UNC-TV at 10 p.m. and South Carolina viewers can tune in at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV.  You can also catch it on January 8 at 9 p.m. (EST) on the WORLD Channel. Go to and click “set station.” Put in your zip code, and then select your provider. It will tell you your WORLD Channel station.

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