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DOC NYC Screens MFA Alum Film

Congratulations to Wake Forest Documentary Film Program alum John Gallen (MFA ’17) on the New York City premiere of his short film, Iron Sharpens Iron, at DOC NYC!  America’s largest, and one of its most influential documentary film festivals, DOC NYC is an Academy-qualifying festival for short films. Directed, filmed, and produced by Gallen, Iron Sharpens […]


DFP MFA Students Receive Filmed in NC Grant

Congratulations to 2nd year MFA students Elizabeth Miller-Derstine and Allison Rieff on landing a Filmed in NC grant!  Miller-Derstine and Rieff’s film, Bloom, is one of 13 films selected to receive financial support from the Filmed in NC Fund . Bloom follows four doulas and the mothers they advocate for. It questions why a country that values personal freedom […]


Award Winning MFA Film to Screen at Wake Washington Center

Brandon Gaesser (MFA ‘21) brings his award-winning film, Chicken Soup for the Soil, to the Wake Washington Center on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a screening and panel discussion.   Chicken Soup for the Soil follows the journey of two North Carolina regenerative farmers, Rachel Herrick of Slow Farm and Suzanne Nelson Karreman of Reverence Farms, as they work to rehabilitate […]


Beeman Selected for Appalshop Film Cohort

Congratulations to current MFA student Sidney Beeman on her acceptance to the 2022-23 Appalshop Film Cohort!  The Film Cohort is made up of a talented group of twelve emerging filmmakers from across Appalachia. The goal of the program is to empower and uplift a new generation of filmmakers by connecting them with funding sources, a robust network […]


Alum Screening of Luminous

Alum visits and screenings are always a highlight of the semester!  We are looking forward to DFP alum and Calvin University Assistant Professor of Film and Media, Sam Smartt’s (MFA ’13) return to campus.  Sam will host a screening of his latest film, Luminous. The film tells the story of Astronomy Professor Larry Molnar who believes he can find […]


Rieff lands Firelight Internship

We are delighted to announce that 2nd year MFA student Allison Rieff will be working as a production intern with Firelight Films & Media this fall. Founded by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Firelight produces documentary films and develops strategies, partnerships, and materials to reach and engage diverse audiences. Firelight productions have garnered multiple Primetime Emmy, […]


Festival Wins for Gaesser

Congratulations to Brandon Gaesser (MFA ’21) on his recent festival wins!  Gaesser’s thesis film Chicken Soup for the Soil won Best Short Ag Documentary at the Ag and Art Film Festival in Vacaville, California. It also took home Best Student Short and a $1,000 cash prize at Beyond: The Cary Film Festival in Cary, North Carolina.


Berra and Cassidy Earn Emmy Nominations!

We love it when we see familiar names in the list of Emmy nominees!  Congratulations to David Cassidy, Cabin Creek Films Senior Producer and DFP part time professor, and to DFP alum Monica Berra (MFA ’16) on their 2022 News & Documentary Emmy nominations! Berra served as archival producer on A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by […]


Zaluski Featured in Winston-Salem Journal

Check out this feature in the Winston-Salem Journal on Associate Teaching Professor Chris Zaluski. The article highlights the success of his latest film, Theirs Is the Kingdom, and his path to becoming a documentary filmmaker.  


Tai Captures PitchFest Win!

  Congratulations to DFP 2nd year student Mier Tai for capturing top honors with her pitch of Becoming the Lion in the 11th Annual RiverRun PitchFest competition!  Against the backdrop of a competitive sport that combines strength and grace with honor and tradition, Becoming the Lion explores what motivates three young people to embrace the ancient […]


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