"Film Studies" Archive

Professor and filmmaker Joel Tauber’s documentary to premier Oct. 17 and 18

It’s been nearly one year since filmmaker and Wake Forest associate professor Joel Tauber undertook “Border-Ball,” a 40-day pilgrimage along the U.S.-Mexico border to build community through baseball. Joel Tauber wearing red, white and blue baseball uniform at US-Mexico border

Wearing a custom vintage baseball uniform and backpack in blue, white, and red, Tauber tossed a baseball as he walked along the border and invited people to walk with him and play catch. He filmed people he met and gathered personal reflections and stories related to the border and immigration.

A virtual exhibition on Tauber’s pilgrimage exploring immigration, compassion and hope will open on Saturday, Oct. 17 with ArtCenter DTLA in Los Angeles, California, launching the online premiere of the “Border-Ball” documentary.

The film will be available to the public through the ArtCenter’s virtual exhibition page on Oct. 17 and 18. The “Border Ball” trailer is available here. The exhibition page also includes links to a blog where visitors can share their own immigration stories and read those shared by others.

Read more on the Wake Forest News website.

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WFU featured in local media

Current and former Wake Forest faculty and staff have made a number of appearances in local news outlets recently. Here’s a roundup of some of the mentions:

  • Gloria Stickney, a business manager in physics, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal for her business, Sew Fabulous, which makes Wake Forest quilts, among other items. Read more »
  • Winston Blair, who works with Mail Services, was featured in Winston-Salem Monthly for his collection of political memorabilia focused on Ronald Reagan. Read more » (Blair also was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal in 2012.)
  • Phoebe Zerwick, a lecturer in English, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal for her work on “The Story of My Life,” a new exhibit at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts that follows the lives of six developmentally disabled adults who are residents of Group Homes of Forsyth County. Read more »
  • Mary Dalton, a professor of communication, film studies and women’s and gender studies, was featured in the Shelby Star in a story about Martha Mason, who graduated from Wake Forest despite spending most of her life in an iron lung because of polio. Read more »
  • Several professors were featured in the Winston-Salem Chronicle for their work on a new book, “Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History,” which was edited by ethnic study professors Anthony Parent and Ulrike Wiethaus. Read more »
  • Former volleyball coach Heather Holmes was featured in the Journal for her battle against breast cancer. Read more »
  • Former soccer coach George Kennedy was featured in the Journal for his induction into the N.C. Soccer Hall of Fame. Read more »

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Dalton honored with teaching award

Mary Dalton (left) and Evan Smith

Mary Dalton (left) and Evan Smith

Mary Dalton and Evan Smith (Newhouse School at Syracuse University) are joint recipients of the 2013 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award, which was presented on Aug. 3 at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

Dalton is a professor of communication and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Wake Forest.

The University Film & Video Association Teaching Award was established to recognize and reward excellence in instruction, teaching, and learning within the organization.

Dalton was introduced with the following: “This year’s honoree was a founding member of the UFVA Teaching Committee. She has published numerous journal articles on pedagogical theory. She is a valued member of the Wake Forest University community where she has put her pedagogical ideas into practice for the benefit of countless students. She is recognized for playing a formative role in the advancement of pedagogical theory and practice amongst her colleagues and for her leadership and participation in the University Film & Video Association.”

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Publications: Dalton, Pisapia

Mary DaltonMary M. Dalton, a professor of communication, film studies and women’s and gender studies, published “‘Bad Teacher’ is Bad for Teachers” in the Journal of Popular Film and Video in a special issue titled “Teaching Popular Film and Television: Critical Media Literacy and Narratives in (Teacher) Education,” Volume 41, Issue 2, 2013, pages 78-87.

Michael PisapiaMichael Pisapia, an assistant professor in politics and international affairs, published “Gendering County Government and the End of 100,000 American School Districts, 1920-1970.” 2013. Publius: The Journal of Federalism (doi: 10.1093/publius/pjt025): 1-27.

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Wake Forest film team releases new documentary

Logo for filmMary Dalton and Cindy Hill have produced an new documentary about a local lesbian couple, High Point residents Pearl Berlin, a retired professor, and Lennie Gerber, a retired attorney, who have been together 46 years.

The documentary includes public and private moments in Lennie and Pearl’s lives using interviews, archival material and sequences shot during their efforts to defeat North Carolina’s antigay marriage amendment.

“Lennie and Pearl have compelling personal stories, which is part of what draws them together, and overlapping interests, which is part of what keeps them together,” writes Dalton in an online director’s statement. “A big part of their relationship is their shared commitment to social justice issues, which stretches back decades and is represented in this film mainly by their LGBT advocacy work.”

In addition to co-directors Dalton and Hill, Wake Forest filmmakers Sandra Dickson, Peter Gilbert and Cara Pilson worked on the documentary.

A sneak preview, “Lenny and Pearl: Living in the Overlap,” is set for June 1, 6:30 p.m., at UNC Greensboro’s Elliott University Center Auditorium. The screening is free and the event is open to the public. 

The film trailer and bonus footage not found in the documentary is available on the film’s website.

The Wake Forest LGBTQ Center and the Film Studies Program will sponsor a sneak preview of “Living in the Overlap” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., at the Byrum Hall Auditorium.

Read more about “Living in the Overlap:” “Greensboro couple star in documentary” (Greensboro News & Record)

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