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Emerson Cardoso wins Parry/Billman Fine Arts Award

ATHENS, Ohio (May 26, 2005) -- Ohio University graduate student Emerson Cardoso from the School of Film was awarded the I. Hollis Parry/Ann Parry Billman Fine Arts Award on Wednesday, May 25. The $5,000 award is presented annually to a graduate student in the College of Fine Arts.

Photo by Rick FaticaCardoso won the award for his proposed 12-minute short film "Port of Rafts." It tells the story of a young surfer from Maceio, Brazil, and his view of the slow destruction of his village due to resort developments.

"I'm really excited about receiving the award," Cardoso said. "It's an award that will report on a very important social issue that is occurring everywhere."

Although northeast Brazil attracts thousands of tourists each year, the local culture and population is greatly affected by the mass marketed structure of tourism. Mass tourism has led to problems such as child prostitution and traditional forms of employment replaced by temporary jobs and unemployment, Cardoso said.

Cardoso began brainstorming the film three years ago when he was an undergraduate in Brazil.

"It amazes me that there is such a tremendous social contrast in the country of Brazil," he said. "I began to notice the changes tourism created as an undergraduate through surfing, observation and the friendships I made while I was in Maceio."

The award will help cover the production costs associated with the film during the shoot in Maceio this summer. Cardoso will be leaving for Brazil in two weeks to begin pre-production until Aug. 1. Thereafter, he will shoot the film from Aug.1-10 with re-shoots scheduled for 10 days following production. The film is expected to be complete in early November.

Mark Sewards and Darren Browne, both Ohio University School of Film graduate students will also be journeying to Brazil for the making of "Port of Rafts."

The I. Hollis Parry/Ann Parry Billman Fine Arts Award, created in 1996, is offered to help foster the spirit of new creation and stimulate thoughts, insights and ideas. It allows a talented fine arts student the opportunity to fulfill a vision that may not have been possible due to financial restrictions.

Each school within the College of Fine Arts nominates two students for the award. A selection committee comprised of representatives from each school and the dean of the College of Fine Arts select each year's winner.

"All students in whatever field they're studying should do something to help improve the social quality of life for someone somewhere," Cardoso said. "Students are capable of making an impact. They just need to realize it."

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Editors: A photo from the award ceremony can be found at: http://www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/BILLMANAWARD.JPG

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