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.
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DPF Professor of Practice and producer/cinematographer Peter Gilbert recently moderated the second annual First Features panel at the BendFilm Festival in Bend, Oregon. The First Features panel brings in established independent filmmakers to share their experience to help mentor emerging filmmakers breaking into the industry. Gilbert discussed his filmmaking journey from the Sundance premiere of the documentary Hoop Dreams to the experience of making his first narrative feature, Prefontaine. Gilbert and the panelists also discussed the industry-wide issues emerging filmmakers face today. The panelists included: Jamie Brooks (Bomb City), Kate Brooks (The Last Animals), Josh Crockett (Dr. Brink & Dr. Brinks), and Jen Heck (The Promised Band)
BendFilm Festival also hosted a 20th anniversary screening and post film discussion of Prefontaine. The film, produced by Gilbert and directed by Steve James, chronicles the life of long distance runner Steve Prefontiane.
Chris Sheridan is heading to the University of Missouri to take part in a two-day conference looking at how the digital disruption is changing the business of content. The two day conference is called Revenue Models That Work: The Challenge of Creating the Most Engaging Content While Maintaining Profits – or as Chris likes to say – “Selling your stuff without settling your soul”. Drawing from his time at ESPN and CNBC – Chris will be moderating a panel on the opportunities that niche content presents – how you can really make money by super-serving a smaller, but dedicated audience.
Award-winning director and editor Hemal Trivedi will visit the DFP on October 10-11. During her two-day visit, Trivedi will share her storytelling expertise and editing techniques with the DFP students and provide advice and feedback on thesis film projects.
Trivedi’s work as a filmmaker and editor has been recognized with one Oscar and three Emmy wins and seven Emmy nominations. Her work has been showcased in major film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA and broadcast on Netflix, HBO, and PBS (Frontline and Independent Lens). Trivedi’s critically acclaimed film Among the Believers, which premiered at the Tribeca film festival, was ranked as one of the top documentaries of 2015. Among the Believers screened in over 50 film festivals in 25 countries and won 12 awards including an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
The DPF will host a screening of Among the Believers on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at The Graduate School @ Brookstown, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 302B.
The DFP will host a lunchtime “Meet the Filmmaker” session with Jessica Devaney, co-director of Love the Sinner, on Thursday, October 5. Love the Sinner is a short documentary that explores the Evangelical roots of homophobia in the wake of the Pulse shooting.
Devaney will speak to DFP students about her experience directing the film and her work as a producer and communications strategist. She recently produced Speed Sisters (2015), which follows an intrepid team of Palestinian women racecar drivers. Devaney co-produced the Peabody Award winning short My Neighbourhood (2012) and produced its companion web series Home Front (2011). She associate produced Budrus (2009), which won over a dozen international awards, including the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. Devaney is a 2016 Women at Sundance Fellow, founder of the Queer Producers Collective and the former Director of Communications at Just Vision.
The lunch session with Devaney will be hosted at noon in Room 302B. A screening of Love the Sinner and a panel discussion hosted by the Department of the Study of Religions and Pro Humanitate Institute will take place on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. in Annenberg Auditorium, Carswell Hall.