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DGA honors student helmers

Pics screened, awards presented Nov. 12

HOLLYWOOD — A trio from the American Film Institute and a UCLA student have won the DGA 2002 Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women filmmakers.

The awards include prizes of $2,500 from the Directors Guild of America along with product grants of 2,000 feet of 16mm film provided by Kodak’s Worldwide Student Film Program. Honorable mention winners are awarded 1,200 feet.

The award-winning films will be screened and the awards presented Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at DGA headquarters.

The African-American award was given to Sechaba Morojele of the American Film Institute for “Ubuntu’s Wounds.” Honorable mention was given to Mateen Kemet of Chapman U. for “Silence.”

Asian-American winner was Grace Lee of UCLA for “Barrier Device.” Honorable mention went to Jon Chu and Gwai Lo of USC for “The Little Foreigner.”

The Latino award went to AFI’s Gerardo Naranjo Gonzalez for “The Last Attack of the Beast.” Honorable mention went to UCLA’s Joel Juarez for “Sin Azul.

The award for women was given to AFI’s Tanja Mairitsch for “Fueling the Fire.” Honorable Mention went to Robin Larsen of UCLA for “Out of Habit.”

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