A new documentary executive produced by Renee Tajima-Peña and directed by Christopher Wong, will air nationally on PBS's Emmy Award winning series, "Independent Lens." The film chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the first year of an innovative new public high school in the South Bronx heade
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Soc Doc Honors & Awards
Finding D-QU, by Soc Doc Alum Chris Newman, will be screening at Slamdance - January 21-28 2010.
Two Soc Doc Students have received grants from the University of California Humanities Research Institute:
Bridgette Auger - "Documentary of Resettled Iraqi Refugees living in El Cajon, California"
Kate Trumbull - "San Diego Somali Refugee Documentary Project"
Alum Lisa Mastamico is now in production in Brazil where she is co-directing a feature length version of her thesis documentary, "Quanto Vale?"
Soc Doc Alum Kimberly Bautista's thesis documentary, Justice for my Sister, was selected to partake in NALIP's inaugural year of the Latino Artist Mentorship program.
Christian Suarez, Soc Doc '10, has been selected by the Graduate Council as one of the recipients of the 2009-10 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
Soc Doc Faculty member John Jota Leaños' "Los ABCs ¡Qué Vivan los Muertos" will be featured as a Sundance Classics 2010 through an iPhone application. "Los ABCs" is one of five classic comedies to have screened at the Sundance Film Festival in recent years.
Congratulations to current Soc Doc students:
Carolina Fuentes, University of California Human Rights Documentary Grant for "Our Right to Sing."
Sarah Yahm (Soc Doc '08), taught an oral history course on the Loma Prieta Earthquake over the summer of 2009.
- Calavera Highway: Silver Hugo Television Award for Best History/Biography
Whatever It Takes (Executive Producer): Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary and Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian
Karin Mak (Soc Doc '08), has received a number of grants for the completion of her thesis project, “Red Dust.”
Tadashi Nakamura receives a media grant from Center for Asian American Media with funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grants are highly competitive professional grants to projects intended for national broadcast on PBS.
Eric Tandoc (Soc Doc '08), has an interview up at Asia Pacific Arts. Eric's thesis project, “Sounds of a New Hope” is currently screening at various film festivals.
“A Song for Ourselves”, by Tadashi Nakamura (Soc Doc '08), has won multiple awards from various film festivals, including:
Best Documentary Short Film – Urbanworld Film Festival, 2009
“A Song for Ourselves”, by Tadashi Nakamura (Soc Doc '08), is currently screening at film festivals and was featured in the LA Times and in the Honolulu Weekly.
Alum Jason Wallach's thesis documentary, "Until the Last Drop," earned an Honorable Mention at the SF VideoFest 2009
Kimberly Bautista (Soc Doc '09), has received a number of grants to support her thesis project, “Justice for My Sister,” which she is planning to finish for the Summer of 2010.
Valerie Krex (Soc Doc '09), was a finalist for the Independent Television Service LINCS fund. The highly competitive grants are intended for independent producer / public television station production partnerships for documentaries that will air on PBS.
Briana O'Higgins, Soc Doc '09, is now on staff and on the air at KMUW - Wichita Public Radio 89.1
“Uprooted”, by Juan Mejia Botero (Soc Doc '07), has won a number of awards from various film festivals, including:
Flaherty Film Serminar guest artist retrospective screening of selected works
Regan Brashear (Soc Doc '08), was awarded a grant from the Pacific Pioneer Fund for the completion costs of “Fixed”, her thesis project.
Fellow, 1st BAVC Producers Institute in New Digital Technologies, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
- Latino Public Broadcasting Production Grant
In 2006 B. Ruby Rich received the esteemed Society for Cinema and Media Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. Other winners include film studies luminaries Stan Brakhage, William K.
B. Ruby Rich has received the following awards:
2007: Yale University's James Brudner award for outstanding LGBT scholarship.
2002: Emmy Award for "Independent View" interview with John Waters.