Scholars of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at AU's SOC
A message from Chris Palmer:
The Scholars program recognizes and salutes graduate students who show outstanding leadership qualities as reflected in their thesis films. Five or more Scholars are selected annually based on their ability to further the Center’s mission. Each Scholar receives a $2,000 stipend.
The Center’s mission is to train students to produce films and new media that promotes conservation in a way that is effective, ethically sound, educationally powerful, and entertaining.
Center Scholars are selected each year as they embark on their thesis projects and chosen during the second year of their graduate program when they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours. Part time students are eligible.
Scholars must meet the following requirements:
- Be in good standing, have a record of excellence in film, video or new media production, and a minimum GPA of 3.5.
- Exhibit outstanding intellect, leadership, and ambition.
- Show they are determined to make films that matter, that make a difference, and that make the world a better place.
- Demonstrate in past work perseverance, creativity, passion, diligence, and integrity.
- Have a thesis topic which advances the Center’s mission.
By December 1, please submit a one page letter describing how you will use a $2,000 grant to further your thesis film.
Include with the letter your project proposal, which should include a synopsis of your film, a list of anticipated expenses, the name of your lead faculty advisor, an up-to-date resume, and a note from your advisor that the project has been approved. A faculty committee will judge the entries and grant awards based on each student’s merit and commitment to the mission of the Center. Scholars will be announced by December 20.
This year's winners are grad students Vanina Harel, Jamey Warner, and Nick Zachar for their selection as 2014/2015 Scholars at SOC's Center for Environmental Filmmaking. They will each receive $2,000.
These three outstanding grad students are being recognized for their determination to make films that matter, that make a difference, and that make the world a better place. All have demonstrated diligence, creativity, and passion. Summaries of their film projects are below.
Vanina Harel is producing Living the Ocean, a 30-minute documentary film about a Mauritian fisherman who, when he discovers that his livelihood is in jeopardy because of his own actions, decides to join a conservation group to protect the ocean. The film will be broadcast on public television in Mauritius and designed to engage and inspire the local fishing communities to demand marine protected areas around the island.
Jamey Warner is partnering with Dr. Nancy Knowlton, the renowned marine scientist and the Smithsonian Institution's Sant Chair of Marine Science. Building on the Smithsonian's own Ocean Portal, they will create a series of short web-based stories centered on successes in ocean conservation efforts around the globe with the underlying theme of "ocean optimism".
Nick Zachar's thesis film Invasion will explore issues related to the invasive lionfish in Atlantic waters, including the negative effects on coral reef ecosystems and how local fishermen and economies are being affected. The film will also search for solutions that will help alleviate the negative pressures of these "alien" fish.
The next round of the Scholars Program will be next fall (deadline December 1, 2015).
Congratulations again to Vanina, Jamey, and Nick!
- 2012/2013: Maria Arreguin, Erin Finicane, Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson, Brian Kelley, Ana Sotelo, Jenny Stratton, and Corin Wilson.
- 2011/2012: Sarah Gulick, Helenah Svedberg, Jennifer Stratton, Aditi Desai, and Sylvia Johnson.
- 2010/2011: Aditi Desai, Kai Fang, Jeremy Polk, Irene Magafan, and Sylvia Johnson.
- 2009/2010: Ellen Tripler, Danny Ledonne, and Shanon Sparks
You can learn more about their projects below. Please contact Chris Palmer at email@example.com or 202-885-3408 with questions.