Detectives, drag, sustainability: Students win media arts awards

Thursday, February 27, 2014
The title character from Brian Favorite's award-winning documentary, Heklina.

Students are able to claim success in this year’s Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts through technical mastery and a high level of creativity and diversity. Their work, developed in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department, covers topics both fact-based and fictional — including a popular drag queen, a family detective agency, global sustainability and apparel design.

Brian Favorite won first place in the Student Documentary Short Form Video category for Heklina, hostess of Trannyshack, San Francisco’s longest running, current drag show. Performing since 1996, Heklina stages theatre versions of film and sitcom re-enactments, while producing and hosting shows and events all over the world. Favorite’s documentary has also screened at several film festivals across the country and is featured on KQED’s Truly California.

Stacey Lee, Bryan Gordon, Amy Ribar and Jeff Schroeder won first place in the Student Video Competition for Spots (15 – 90 seconds) for Sustainability, which aims to inspire more use of second-hand resources.

Antonio Ayala, Rynne Griggs and Julian Faras won the Award of Excellence in Cinematography in the Promotional Category (90 seconds and longer) for Why We Design, a short piece on careers in apparel design.

Sam Osborn won second place in the Student Scriptwriting Competition for his original television series pilot, Gonzalez Family Detective Agency — “Bike Thief.”

Scott Peterson won second place in the Student Scriptwriting competition in the Mobisode/Webisode category for The Counts.

The Broadcast Education Association is a worldwide organization of professors and industry professionals who teach broadcasting and electronic media to college students. Its annual Festival of Media Arts is an international exhibition of award-winning faculty and student works. Winners receive recognition and exhibition of their works at the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. This year’s convention takes place April 6–9.



Sustainability from Jeff Schroeder.

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