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Sheridan to Speak at Mizzou

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 Filmmaker Visits DFP

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.

DFP Hosts Meet the Filmmaker Session with Jessica Devaney

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.

Wright and Zhang Represent DFP at Pitch Perfect

DFP students S.J. Wright and Hao Zhang will head to the Big Easy soon to test their pitching talents in the New Orleans International Film Festival’s Pitch Perfect competition.  The annual Pitch Perfect competition provides film students from universities across the South with the opportunity to practice the art of pitching in front of a panel of film industry professionals.

Wright will pitch Original Body of Pain, an observational documentary, co-directed by Dominic Silva, that follows three young mothers touched by the American opioid epidemic.  Zhang will pitch An American Adventure, a film that follows Chinese university students in North Carolina as they encounter evangelical Christianity and struggle with questions of faith and identity. The Pitch Perfect competition takes place on Friday, October 13.

Emmy Nominees!

20232142_1758827914157261_5318396224116703393_oSo 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!

Best Documentary:
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

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