Documentary Film Institute changes campuses

Launching program at Wake Forest University next fall

University of Florida's documentary film program, named one of the top 10 in the country by Independent Magazine, is moving to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Documentary filmmaker Sandra Dickson will make the move with the film program after co-directing it at University of Florida for 12 years. Wake Forest associate professor of communication Mary Dalton will be co-director.

The program, previously known as the Documentary Film Institute at the University of Florida has turned out various student films aired on public television and cable networks. Documentary Film Institute students have received Emmy's for their work and gone on to work for National Geographic, PBS and top-level documentary production houses.

Dickson has written and co-directed eight television documentaries, and won the 2006 Erik Barnouw Award for co-directing "Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power."

Dalton has produced several documentaries and teaches courses on film and television. Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson, co-founders of the Documentary Film Institute in Florida, will also move with the program.

"We are excited to move this top-level program to Wake Forest," Dickson said. "We will be part of a top-ranked national university with a strong intellectual tradition and a keen sense of social responsibility -- the perfect environment for creative and responsible storytelling."

The program will include undergraduate classes, a two-year Master of Arts degree and a three-year Master of Fine Arts degree. The Documentary Film Program is scheduled to kickoff in fall 2010.