DFP News Archive

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 […]


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 […]


PBS Premiere of Theirs is the Kingdom

We are excited to announce that Professor Chris Zaluski’s film, Theirs is the Kingdom, will makes its broadcast premiere on PBS stations around the country.  Screenings will begin on select stations in late March, leading to a national World Channel broadcast on Easter Sunday (April 17) at 12:30 EST. At the intersection of poverty and […]


Proper Pronouns on Southern Circuit Tour!

Proper Pronouns is halfway through its southern tour! The film, by Meg Daniels and Manie Robinson (MFA ’19), is one of 10 films selected for the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This long-running South Arts program connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and […]


Passafiume Offers Film Festival Workshop

Film festival programmer Andrea Passafiume recently shared her festival expertise with DFP students. Passfiume walked students through the film festival selection process, provided tips on how to build a film festival strategy, and offered insights into how to maximize the film festival experience once a film gets accepted. Passafiume has served as a documentary festival programmer […]


Alumni Work Available on HBO MAX

At the Ready from DFP alum Hillary Pierce (MFA ’13) is now streaming on HBO Max and is available on-demand. The film follows students at Horizon High School in El Paso, Texas as they train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents.If you missed the premiere of this impactful, award-winning film at the Sundance […]


Pierce’s At the Ready Screens on Southern Circuit Tour

At the Ready, a film produced by Hillary Pierce’s (MFA ‘13) is one of ten films selected for the South Arts 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.  The tour connects US-based documentary filmmakers with screening partner communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss their process, and engage with audiences. At the Ready, which […]


Proper Pronouns Selected for Southern Circuit!

Congratulations to the Proper Pronouns team headed by Meg Daniels (MFA ’19) and Mannie Robinson (MFA ’19) on its selection to be a part of the Spring 2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Filmmakers!   Hosted by South Arts the tour connects documentary filmmakers and their impactful work with audiences throughout the South. Proper Pronouns is one […]


Sheridan Returns as Faculty Advisor to Poynter Journalism Program

Professor Chris Sheridan is returning as a Faculty Advisor for the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism fellowship program. The program helps emerging journalists across all mediums get to the next level through a year-long intensive experiential learning program. As an advisor Sheridan, works directly with 8 of the 53 fellows in this year’s class.  He meets with […]


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