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Film and Media Arts: Awards and Achievements Archive

Stage Fright has been chosen to premiere next Fall on NBC4's website. Directed by Claudia Myers, produced by Kylos Brannon, shot by Larry Engel, and written, edited and crewed by AU students, it tells the tale of a haunted D.C. community theater.

Award-Winning Work

Professors Claudia Myers and Kylos Brannon attended the LAWEBFEST with Stage Fright (the webseries they produced in conjunction with NBC4) and took home three awards - Outstanding Comedy Series, Director, and Theme Song.

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Leena Jayaswal’s film Crossing Lines won a Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival and was named best documentary at the California Arts Association's First Digital Short Film Festival.
Prof's Film Picked for National Distribution

Prof Leena Jayaswal's film, Crossing Lines, was picked up for national distribution to educators by New Day Films. Company members carefully pick the films that enter the collective and titles included in the New Day catalog have won numerous film festivals awards, 4 Emmys, an Academy Award and 9 Academy Award nominations. New Day films have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and other media outlets. It also won a Bronze Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival, was named best documentary at the California Arts Association's First Digital Short Film Festival and received a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Documentary Short-Format from the American Women in Radio and Television. Read more

Doug Gritzmacher, '05 won an Emmy in September for his work as a video journalist for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s
Alum's features work in magazine and wins Emmy

A still photo shoot of the migration of red knot birds, by Doug Gritzmacher, '05, is featured in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine. Gritzmacher also won an Emmy in September for his work as a video journalist for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s "Hope: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica" which won the award for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture.

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SOC students produce video for Hillwood Museum

Three SOC graduate film students and an alumna created a short video for the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens' Sevres, Then & Now: Tradition and Innovation in Porcelain, 1750-2000. The film includes the installation of a royal table using plates and statuettes from the 1700s, with a royal garden centerpiece made of spun sugar. The video will be shown continuously during the exhibit, from now until May 30, 2010. Read more

American University School of Communication professor and Center for Social Media Director Patricia Aufderheide

Professor and Center for Social Media Director Pat Aufderheide

Professor Nominated for Fair Use Work

Professor Pat Aufderheide was nominated as a WeMedia Game Changer for her work on fair use, including the development of codes of best practices created with the Washington College of Law's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property.

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Prof-directed music video premieres on
Magnet Magazine

Magnet Magazine premiered a music video that Prof. Kyle Brannon directed for his friend and collaborator DJ Will Eastman. The song is a Ruby Isle remix. The record label, Kindercore liked the idea when Brannon and Eastman offered to make them a music video. The production was entirely crewed by SOC students and alumni.

Alexandra Garcia, BA/'05, has had her video nominated for a 2009 Emmy
Alum nominated for Emmy

Alexandra Garcia, BA '05 and Washington Post photographer/videographer, was recently nominated for an Emmy for her project "Healing Fields," which covers an event in the rural Appalachia where a small army of health-care professionals provides free treatment to 2500 uninsured and underinsured Americans.

Students' films win at DC Shorts

Annie Coburn and Colin Foster's original films were declared winners in the DC Shorts Screenplay Competition. Coburn won for her script, "Pretty All the Time," and Foster won for his "Man with a Bolex Movie Camera." Both are MFA candidates in Film and Electronic media, and co-founders of Media Offline, a filmmaker's collective.

Ghost Date, a film by Patrick Flynn, has been nominated for Best of Festival at the LA 48 Hour Film Project
Student's Film Wins Best of LA

Beating out dozens of competitors, alum Patrick Flynn's film Ghost Date is one of 13 finalists for Best of the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project.  Awards will be presented following the Best of LA Screening August 19 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, 90027 and is being presented in association with The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Watch Ghost Date on YouTube

Sarah Katz's photo of a Obama campaign rally won a contest sponsored by FotoWeek DC and the Newseum
Photo exhibited at Newseum

MFA candidate Sarah Katz was a finalist in the the FOTOBAMAWEEK International Photography Contest, sponsored by FotoWeek DC and the Newseum. The photo will be exhibited at the Newseum, and will be included in a limited edition book later this year. Katz took the photo for her Principles of Photography course, taught by prof. Leena Jayaswal.

Claudia Myers
Professor's documentary nominated for Emmy

Professor Claudia Myers' documentary, 'The Long Road Back', won a Silver Telly award and has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award. The film follows three veterans whose healing process continues long after they were severely injured.

Lagan Sebert’s documentary BUSCO PERSONAS
Documentary wins at AFI Film Festival

Lagan Sebert’s documentary BUSCO PERSONAS: The Faces of Colombia’s War won the audience award for the Short section at the AFI Film Festival awards.

Russell Williams, artist in residence, holding his Oscar and Emmy awards
Professor honored at LA Urban League

The LA Urban League honored professor Russel Williams with the Whitney Young Award 2009.

Alumi featured on local news station

Two SOC alumni who double-majored in Business and Film and Media Arts were featured by a local news station on their new movie. Filmmaker Kenton Bartlett (left) and cinematographer John Arturo are working on a drama currently titled “Missing Pieces.” Watch the trailer here.

Patricia Aufderheide, director, Center for Social Media
Professor given Career Achievement Award

Pat Aufderheide, SOC prof and director of the Center for Social Media (CSM), has been awarded iDMAa's Career Achievement Award.

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MFA Alum Showcases Work

Kristian Perry's (MFA '09) animated documentary "Pac(hyderm) Attack" (left) won "Best Animated Narrative" for Visions 2008, and was an official selection of the Anchorage Film Festival 2008. The documentary is about the harrowing and hilarious account of a life and death encounter between a family on safari and territorial elephants on the plains of Tanzania. Perry also presented his animated short "Dolphins, Ducks & Beetles" at the 2007 iDMAa: Beyond Boundaries conference. It was inspired by a radio broadcast he heard on WNYC’s RadioLab. The objects in the animation were constructed with ink, watercolor, and paper.

SOC Pat Aufderheide being interviewed

Prof Interviewed by WebProNews on Fair Use 

Professor Pat Aufderheide was interviewed by WebProNews at the SXSW Film Festival regarding fair use of media. Watch the interview here.

Students' Video Gets 1,000 Copy Distribution

Heather Danskin and Olha Onyshko's video called "Partners in Parks - United for America" for the National Park Hospitality Association was given to members of Congress, and screened at the Department of the Interior and NPHA's Board of Directors meeting. There will be 1,000 copies distributed nationally as part of a campaign to improve declining park attendance.

Prof Serves on Film Festival Jury

Professor Pat Aufderheide was selected to serve as one of three judges on the Justice Matters Award Jury at the 2010 DC Filmfest.

Artist-in-Residence's Film Accepted into Tribeca Film Festival

Filmmaker-in-Residence Gary Keith Griffin's film, Gerrymandering, has been accepted into the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Griffin served as Director of Photography for Educating Peter (Academy Award 1992), its sequel Graduating Peter, Autism is a World (Academy Award nominee 2005), and Barbara Kopple's Shut Up and Sing (Toronto Film Festival 2006).

Chris Palmer is the Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and a professor at SOC

Supreme Court Decision Criticized

The San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed that professor Chris Palmer co-authored in response to the Supreme Court ruling on the animal cruelty act with wildlife filmmaker Peter Kimball. Chris Palmer also addresses a similar issue in his new book, Shooting in the Wild, due for release in May, which concerns the ethical challenges faced by environmental filmmakers.

American University School of Communication professor and Center for Social Media Director Patricia Aufderheide

Prof Says Video Helps Interpret, Can't Tell Whole Story

Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, talked to the Associated Press about the use of video as evidence in reference to a New York City trial involving video footage of a police officer assaulting a bicyclist. “Clearly, (a video's) one piece of documentation is not everything that happened,” she said. “But it's a representation that, in general, people know how to read.” This article was re-published by more than 200 news outlets, including BusinessWeek.com, Washington Examiner and the Seattle Times.

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Prof's Film Featured in Politico, Wins Award

"Below the Beltway," a feature film produced by Professor Claudia Myers -- and on which nearly a dozen SOC students worked -- has been featured in Politico. The film also won the audience award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.