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Student film projects win DGA kudos

Guild's Student Film Awards lauds work by African American, Asian, Latino and female helmers

Films created by UCLA, AFI, NYU and Columbia U. students featured prominently in the DGA’S 2012 Student Film Awards for African American, Asian, Latino and women directors.

UCLA swept the west region’s African American student filmmaker category, with Dallas King taking the prize for “Most Wanted” and Anthony Onah receiving the jury prize for “Dara Ju.” The school’s Julio O. Ramos took the Latino student jury prize for “Detras del Espejo.”

Also in the west region, the AFI’s Justin Tipping was the Asian American student award winner for film “Nani,” Ryan Velásquez took the award prize in the Latino student category for “Ojala,” and Melanie Wainberg nabbed the woman student jury prize for “Dr. Gutman’s Eulogy.”

NYU winners were spread out among multiple categories: John Paul Su won the award in the Asian American student category for “Pagpag,” Francisco Lupini received the Latino student award prize for “El Nido Vacio” (The Empty Nest), and Emily Harrold took the woman filmmaker award prize for “Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust.”

Columbia U. was represented by Talibah Newman, the African American award prize winner for “Busted on Brigham Lane,” Asian American jury prize recipient Gerry Kim for “Living the Dream,” and David Figueroa Garcia, the Latino jury award recipient for “Ratitas.”

Winners from the west coast also included USC’s Lu Lu taking the Asian American student jury prize for “An Early Summer,” and Chapman U.’s Caylee So landing the women filmmaker award prize for “Paulina.”

Additional East Coast recipients were African American jury prize winner Jeremy Cohan of the New School for “After” and woman student award prize winner Jordan Salvatoriello of Emerson college for “Graceland Girls.”

The 2012 winners were selected by DGA member panels. All competing films had to have been produced as a student project under the supervision of a faculty member and come from an accredited post-secondary institution in California or DGA-selected university offering a degree in film or television.

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