Beverly Hills, CA (rushprnews) May 16,2007 â€“ Thirty-three students from 16 colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesâ€™ 34th Annual Student Academy AwardsÂ® competition.
Their films will now be screened for and judged by Academy members, who will vote to select the winners. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, may be presented in each of four categories. Winning filmmakers will participate in a week of industry-related and social activities, culminating in the awards ceremony on June 9.
The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):
â€œBottleneck,â€ Andrew Shipsides, Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia
â€œDeath, Destruction & the Weather,â€ Emery C. Martin, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
â€œFission,â€ Kun-I Chang, School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York
â€œMoon Cake,â€ Martin Stano, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
â€œAfrica Parting,â€ Robyn Yannoukos and Brian LoSchiavo, University of California, Los Angeles
â€œArtâ€™s Desire,â€ Sarah Wickliffe, New York University, New York City
â€œDoppelganger,â€ Ki-Peum Lee, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia
â€œEnd,â€ Joe Sun, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
â€œIcarus and the Tree Herder,â€ Ian Worrel, California Institute of the Arts
â€œA Leg Up,â€ Bevin Carnes, Ringling College of Art and Design
â€œMirage,â€ Youngwoong Jang, School of Visual Arts, New York City
â€œRespire, Mon Ami,â€ Chris Nabholz, Ringling College of Art and Design
â€œTravel Diary,â€ Keng-Ming Liu, School of Visual Arts, New York City
â€œCross Your Eyes Keep Them Wide,â€ Ben Wu, Stanford University, California
â€œGimme Green,â€ Isaac Brown and Eric Flagg, University of Florida, Gainesville
â€œIn the Wake of Catastrophe,â€ Trevor Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
â€œLadies of the Land,â€ Megan Thompson, New York University
â€œLeft in Baghdad,â€ Peter Jordan and John Kane, Stanford University
â€œLong Haul,â€ Erin Hudson, Stanford University
â€œLumo,â€ Bent-Jorgen S. Perlmutt and Nelson Walker, III, Columbia University
â€œSilences,â€ Octavio Warnock-Graham, City College of New York
â€œDeaconâ€™s Mondays,â€ Destin Cretton and Lowell Frank, San Diego State University, California
â€œThe Drill,â€ Joel Davenport, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
â€œHigh Maintenance,â€ Phillip Van, New York University
â€œHouse of the Olive Trees,â€ Thouly Dosios, University of California, Los Angeles
â€œRundown,â€ Patrick Alexander, Florida State University, Tallahassee
â€œScreening,â€ Anthony Green, New York University
â€œThe Second Coming,â€ Yaâ€™ Ke Smith, University of Texas at Austin
â€œThe Second Line,â€ John Magary, Columbia University
Hudson and Wu (in the Documentary category) were Silver Medal winners in 2005 with their documentary â€œUnhitched.â€ Hudson was also a finalist in 2006 with her documentary â€œAfloat.â€
To reach this stage, students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalist films in each of the four categories. A foreign student also will be honored by the Academy in the Honorary Foreign Film category. Five students have been named as finalists: three from Germany and one each from the Netherlands and Serbia.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.
Tickets for the 34th Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony, at which the Gold Medal-winning films will be screened in their entirety along with the Honorary Foreign Film, are free and available now. To request a maximum of four tickets, call the Academyâ€™s box office at (310) 247-3000, ext. 130. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academyâ€™s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
8949 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972