Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Earlier this week The Big Screen reported that Rebecca Tolin's documentary short Chicks in the City didn't make the cut at this year's SDSU Filmmaker's Showcase.
It is my great pleasure to announce that despite the fact that it didn't screen, Chicks in the City took home the award for Excellence in Documentary Production from the SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film.
"I didn't even realize that we were up for this award," a thrilled Tolin told me. "We were really happy with the project and now that it's an award winner, I'm thinking of expanding it into a 30-minute film."
Congratulations to Rebecca, David Corrales, and co-producer/audio engineer Stephanie Oberto who was unable to attend last night's ceremony.
Other festival winners include Joseph Mangat who took home the Focal Press Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. According to Professor Mark Freeman, "We established the Focal Press Excellence in Filmmaking Award to help promote the next generation of filmmakers. Winners of this prestigious award have demonstrated excellence, creativity, and a passion to filmmaking."
The Television, Film, and New Media Department's (TFM) bestowed four awards -- including the Jury Prize -- to Fracture, produced by Sara Phillips Alcami and directed by Greg Nicolayeff.
Inch, an intimate film by a first year graduate student Baifan Xie won Best TFM Film (Graduate).
Director Hillary Andrews, producer Eduardo Castro Fonseca, cinematographer Kevan Barsky, and art director Nuala Phillips were awarded Best TFM Film (Undergraduate) for The Linguist.
The television awards recognized Aztec Entertainment, which is now streaming live campus and community events.