Student Academy honors ‘Love’

Pic earned top honor for narrative feature

God of Love,” a pic by Luke Matheny of New York U., earned the gold medal for narrative film at the 37th annual Student Academy Awards, held Saturday at the Acad’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

This year’s competish awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to 13 students from 11 schools.

The silver medal for narrative also went to an NYU student, Kim Spurlock, for “Down in Number 5.” Lubomir Kocka, of Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design, won bronze for “The Lunch Box.”

Two medals were awarded in the alternative film category: Gold went to Varathit Uthaisri (Parsons the New School for Design) for “Surface: Film from Below”; silver went to USC’s Emily Henricks for “Multiply.”

Animation’s top prize went to Jennifer Bors (Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design) for “Departure of Love.” Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper (Kansas City Art Institute) took the silver for “Dried Up.” Andres Salaff (CalArts) won bronze for “Lifeline.”

Ruth Fertig (U. of Texas at Austin) led the docu heat for “Yizkor (Remembrance).” Silver went to Maria Royo (City College of New York) for “Rediscovering Pape.” Bronze went to Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith (Stanford U.) for “Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto).”

Tanel Toom, of the U.K.’s National Film and Television School, earned the honorary foreign kudo for “The Confession.” That pic was selected from a pool of 61 entries from 36 countries.

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