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The Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is bringing all-star power to its new Master of Arts (MA) in Sports Storytelling when classes begin in fall 2016. Chris Webber, five-time NBA all-star, sports analyst, businessman and film producer has been named a Professor of Practice for the two-year program housed within the University’s award-winning Documentary Film Program (DFP). Webber will teach a course on sports, race and society.
“If we’re going to understand ourselves as a society, we have to understand sports, its culture and how it affects us every day,” said Peter Gilbert, a DFP professor and Emmy award-winning director and producer whose Oscar-nominated documentary, “Hoop Dreams,” won every major critics prize and journalism award in 1995. “Sports storytelling students will graduate with the expertise to tell the stories behind the stories of the 24/7 news cycle — the ones that fuel conversations.”
When the idea for a master’s degree in sports storytelling was proposed, Gilbert immediately knew he wanted to draft Chris Webber for its faculty line-up.
“I’m excited to bring real-life experience to the program. Sports are my passion and telling stories about sports is my new career,” said Webber. “I’ve been involved with the NBA for nearly 25 years, and I understand firsthand how sports, business, race, gender and economics mesh. Sports storytelling gives us a platform to explore these issues in an academic setting. I’m looking forward to not only sharing my own experiences, but learning from students how sports has had an impact on their own lives.” Read more
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“Living in the Overlap,” a documentary co-directed by Mary M. Dalton and Cindy Hill, won the 2014 Audience Award for Best Short Film at The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto.
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“Living in the Overlap” is the story of two girls who grew up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, fell in love in the Midwest and made a life together in North Carolina. Lennie Gerber, a retired attorney, and Pearl Berlin, a retired professor, still have an indelible spark after 47 years.
Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill tell the couple’s love story in the documentary film, “Living in the Overlap” produced by Dalton and Hill with collaboration from Wake Forest filmmakers Sandra Dickson, Peter Gilbert and Cara Pilson.
“Living in the Overlap” will make its world premiere on Saturday, May 24 at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. premiere will be at Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT film festival, on Sunday, June 22.
Peter Gilbert, professor of practice in the communication department and a faculty member in Wake Forest’s Documentary Film Program (DFP), traveled to Park City, Utah, on Jan. 18 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Hoop Dreams” at the Sundance Film Festival.
Gilbert was producer and director of photography for this documentary film, which focuses on the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates as they journey to become basketball stars. The film won numerous awards, including Audience Award for Best Documentary. “Hoop Dreams” was originally intended to be a 30-minute short to be completed in three weeks and aired on PBS. However, it involved five years of filming that resulted in 250 hours of raw footage. The movie turned out to be 2 hours and 55 minutes long.
Gilbert’s emphasis on filmmaking is in telling a compelling story. In addition to teaching graduate courses, he teaches undergraduate courses for students studying in a variety of disciplines. In the classroom, he emphasizes that storytelling skills are essential for students in any major, no matter their career path.