2004 Institute News

December 2004

Miss Lil’s Camp at Park City during Sundance

Suzanne Niedland and Anberin Pasha have been invited to screen their film, Miss Lil’s Camp, in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. The film, which took home an Honorable Mention from the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival earlier this year, will screen as part of “An Evening of Angelus Awards.” The event is being sponsored by the Windrider Forum and is open to the public. The film will screen the final weekend of Sundance.

November 2004

Best Feature Audience Award

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power recently took home the Best Feature Audience Award at Detroit Docs. The festival featured more than 100 national and international films.

IDA Nominee

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power was nominated for the IDA/ABC News VideoSource Award. Other nominees included Farenheit 9/11, Imelda and Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed.

More Festival Screenings

Miss Lil’s Camp took 2nd Place in the Documentary category of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Student Competition sponsored by Kodak. The film has also received quite a bit of press coverage due to its recent screening at the opening of the Clinton Library.

In the Pit recently screened at DOCUDAYS in Beruit and at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

A House Call from the Documentary Doctor

Filmmaker and script and documentary doctor Fernanda Rossi recently conducted a workshop for Institute students and faculty. Rossi, who has worked on over fifty documentaries and fiction scripts and is the author of Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making your Documentary Fundraising Trailer, offered valuable advice on how to put together a top-notch trailer. In addition to the workshop, she also held individual story consultation session with second-year Institute students. (For more information see Visiting Filmmaker page)

October 2004

Festival Success for Miss Lil’s Camp

Miss Lil’s Camp was recently named the winner of the Hot Springs Documentary Student Competition. As the winning entry it will be the only student film screened at the opening of the Clinton Library. The screening is scheduled for November 16th at 12:30 p.m.

Miss Lil’s Camp has also been invited to screen at Detroit Docs and at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood. The film also received an Honorable Mention at the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival recently held in Los Angeles.

August 2004

Negroes with Guns wins UrbanWorld

The Institute faculty’s most recent production, Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, was named Documentary Feature Winner at the 8th Annual UrbanWorld Film Festival. The New York based festival screened more than 103 films this year and is the largest U.S. festival dedicated to the exhibition of independent urban cinema.

Negroes with Guns premiered on the festival circuit in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Other festival appearances include the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Black Harvest International Film Festival of Film and Video.

Student films make Angelus Semi-Finals

Two Institute student productions have made it into the semi-final round of the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival. In the Pit, produced by Sean Lewis and Lenina Ulrey and Miss Lil’s Camp, produced by Suzanne Niedland and Anberin Pasha, were selected from approximately 400 entries. The festival will take place in Hollywood, California in October.

This is the third year in a row that an Institute production has made it into the semi-final round of the festival. The Institute’s 2003 entry, SidVision, took home the Outstanding Documentary award.

Miss Lil’s Camp Receives Grant

The Georgia Humanities Council has awarded an outreach grant to the producers of Miss Lil’s Camp. The grant provides funding for screenings at the University of Georgia, as part of the Lillian Smith Book Awards program, and at Georgia State University. Each screening will be followed by an open forum which will be attended by two of the participants in the film. The screenings will take place in October.