So amazing to see these former students among this year’s Emmy Nominees. Congratulations to each of you. We are so proud of the work you are doing!
Michael Beach Nichols, Co-Director, Welcome to Leith, Independent Lens
Outstanding Government and Politics Documentary:
Hemal Trivedi, Director/Producer, Among the Believers, Doc World
Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary:
David Cassidy, Producer, Miss Sharon Jones!, Starz Digital
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newsmagazine:
Sarah Prior, Field Producer, Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend, 48 Hours
It was a magnificent month of May for Scott Schimmel. He received the news that his film, My Garden, No Longer was selected for the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, he graduated with his MFA, and he accepted an offer to join the faculty at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as an Assistant Professor in Digital Documentary and Multimedia Production.
Scott will be teaching courses in documentary and media production with a special focus on integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education into course work and contributing to the University of Hawaii`s sustainability initiative. We wish Scott all the best in his new position!
It is with great pleasure that we announce that award-winning journalist, content creator and media executive Chris Sheridan is joining the DFP as an Associate Teaching Professor.
Sheridan comes to the DFP after building and leading content teams at ESPN, CNBC, NBC and ABC. In addition to supervising editorial content, he helped these networks adapt to the digital space by leading the digital video team at ESPN, launching the SportsCenter social media experience andThe CNBC Digital Workshop, and running abcnews.com
“We were very impressed with Chris this year as a Visiting Instructor and we are delighted that this hire will allow our students to continue to benefit from his digital media expertise, his leadership skills and his industry connections. We are particularly excited about the role he will play in helping us build a more robust student internship program,” said DFP Program Director, Cara Pilson.
Sheridan will teach courses in sports and digital media, provide internship supervision to DFP students and assist in curriculum development.
“The opportunity to come to a place like Wake, and help build a new sports media and storytelling program that reflects all of the changes going on in the sports media landscape these days was too good to pass up. I can’t wait to see where this goes,” said Sheridan.
Sheridan is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, received a Masters from the University of Missouri, and a Certificate in Sports Business Operations from New York University.
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.
Congratulations 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.