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Southern Campus electronic media group wins film awards

ATHENS, Ohio (July 24, 2006) -- A collection of former and current students and staff members from the Ohio University Southern Campus Electronic Media Program won the 48-Hour Film Project in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their film "Flight to Freedom" on July 14.

The competition was held in Cincinnati beginning June 9 and lasting for 48 hours, required teams to write, shoot, edit and produce their films without any previous planning.

Several filmmakers from New York City, Chicago and other large cities traveled to Cincinnati for the intense competition, according to Brad Bear who worked on the project. 

The team Magnetoscope Pictures received awards for Best Film, Audience Choice, Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Use of Prop.  By winning the 48-Hour Film Project, the creative group will move on to compete against winners from other major cities throughout the world in San Jose, Calif., in March 2007.

"Winning this year has been extremely rewarding.  The relationships between current staff and students with former staff and students have created a successful combination," said Electronic Media Director Don Moore.  "It is always enjoyable when former students go out into the real world, become successful and keep their university in mind."

Jeff Ford, Brad Bear, Issac Stambaugh, Joe Barta and Shawn Daniels are the members of Magnetoscope Pictures.  Ford, Bear and Stambaugh are all former electronic media students from Ohio University's Southern campus.  Barta and Stambaugh are former Ohio University staff members, while Bear is a current staff member and Daniels is a current student.

In mid-June, the Electronic Media Program won two Telly Awards for their seven-minute film, "Quality of Life."  The film addressed the quality of life in Ashland, Ohio.  In the Video Non-broadcast category, the department won a Bronze Telly.  In the Writing/Script category, Bear won a Bronze Telly. 

The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected international competition and receives more than 12,000 entries each year.

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronic Media at Ohio University Southern prepares students for an entry-level position in the broadcasting or multimedia industries. In a hands-on learning atmosphere, students receive intense, individualized instruction from experienced and accessible faculty and staff. To practically apply what they have learned, students complete an internship at area radio and television stations and corporations.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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