The Dean Blog

November 10, 2009

Rowan Documentaries Win Two National Awards

Filed under: Uncategorized — LBA @ 2:50 pm

By guest blogger – Ned Eckhardt

Two documentaries produced in television production professor Diana Nicolae’s documentary production class have won two first place awards in the College Broadcasting Inc.’s national television production awards 2009 competition. The winners were announced at the national CBI convention at the University of Texas at Austin.

Generation Rx, a hard-hitting look into prescription drug addiction, was awarded the Best DocuGenRx Crewmentary prize. The crew for the documentary includes Milessa Stankowski and Harry Fleckenstein as producers, Steve Klink as director, Mike Gorzynski and Anthony Mennie as camera operators, and Tim Hill as editor. Generation Rx was made in cooperation with the Rowan Center for Addiction Studies and Pam Negro, and has been distributed to all 54 New Jersey colleges and many high schools. The documentary continues to have an impact in the world of drug prevention. It screened to a full house at the Pitman Theater in August, and will have a screening on November 3rd at Rowan in the Student Center.

Life Behind Beards, a humorous look at the sub-culture of men with facial hair, was awarded first place in the Best Special Broadcast category. The documentary was recently honored and screened at the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City. The crew consisted of Steve Hanulek as producer, Dan Ferrara as director, Ashley Zazzarino as camera, and David Monk as editor.

The College Broadcasters, Inc organization includes over 1,400 college television and radio stations as members. Their awards competition includes all of these colleges, and this year there were over 400 entries in the competition. Next to the Emmys and Oscars, the CBI competition is the largest student production competition in the US. In the past Rowan television productions have won first place in 2002, 2003, 2005. Since 2000 Rowan documentaries have won over 100 regional and national awards, including 6 Cine Golden Eagles, 4 Gracie awards, and many national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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