WFU professors film named best documentary
By Sarah Mansell
Monster Road, a documentary directed by Wake Forest University film lecturer Brett Ingram, was named best documentary at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 24. The film received the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Feature Sponsored by Alpha Cine.
The 90-minute film explores the life and work of Seattle underground animator Bruce Bickford. Bickford is best known for his collaborations with Frank Zappa in 1970s films like Baby Snakes and The Dub Room Special. The film is produced by Ingram and partner Jim Haverkamp of Bright Eye Pictures in Durham.
Monster Road was one of only seven feature-length documentaries selected to compete in the film festival, which was held from Jan. 17-24. The Slamdance Film Festival coincides with the famous Sundance Film Festival held at the same time and in the same town. Ingrams film had its world premiere during the festival at 9 p.m. Jan 21.
Ingram was named one of the 25 New Faces of Indie Film 2003 by Filmmaker Magazine for his work in independent films. Students in his Dialogue and Documentary class this fall produced six documentaries on issues ranging from homelessness to the local Hispanic community. Ingram is also directing a Wake Forest documentary based on the universitys 2003-2004 theme year, Fostering Dialogue.