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.