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Guild picks seven winners of 2001 minority film awards

The Directors Guild of America has named seven winners of its 2001 Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women filmmakers.

Each winner receives $2,500 from the DGA and 2,000 feet of 16mm film from Kodak. Honors will be presented Nov. 13 at DGA headquarters.

Co-winners in the African-American category were Mobolaji Olambiwonnu of the American Film Institute for “The Visit” and Lorin B. Coleman of Loyola Marymount U. for “Faith.” Honorable mention went to Malissa Strong of Los Angeles City College for “VWB (Voting While Black).”

Asian-American co-winners were Nick Sivakumaran of USC for “Diwali” and Chad S. Park of USC for “Up.”

Latino co-winner was Jorge Gaggero of AFI for “A Piece of Earth” and Carolina Vila-Ramirez of USC for “Roam.” Honorable mention went to Jose Ochoa of USC for “The Golden Rose.”

The winner for the Women’s category was Lori Lovoy-Goran of USC for “In Between Days.” Mary Louise Stoughton of Art Center College of Design received an honorable mention for “Katherine.”

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