SOJC student documentary crew

Three short documentary films created by UO journalism students were recognized at the 2013 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences-Northwest Chapter Awards. The three films were produced entirely by students, from ideas to the finished product, as part of SOJC professor Dan Miller’s documentary filmmaking class during fall term of 2012.

The regional Emmy Awards recognize outstanding film and television work from students throughout the northwest. Student productions from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington were nominated at this year’s edition.

Two SOJC-produced films were nominated in the Long Form Non-Fiction category. The first, entitled Walking Tributaries, tells the story of how Eugene community members rallied around the cause of preserving the beloved McKenzie River to form the McKenzie River Trust. The next, Gymnasium of the Mind, examines the popularity of chess in Oregon from the perspective of coaches, players and educators.

The third student production entitled We Refuse To Be Enemies brought home an Emmy in the Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs category. The film details the life of Ibrahim Hamide, a Palestinian-born activist who has dedicated his life to educating Eugene residents on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and fostering peace among people of different backgrounds.

“Being able to spend ten weeks on one project and become wholly connected to it and the people you are working with is a hugely gratifying experience,” said Dillon Pilorget, director of photography on Walking Tributaries. “Receiving a regional collegiate Emmy nomination on top of that just made the whole experience even sweeter.”

Miller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who founded and currently directs the Oregon Documentary Project, which has supported the production of more than 60 award-winning student documentary films.

The three short films can be viewed here:

Gymnasium of the Mind

  • John Hankemeier, Producer/Director
  • Bonnie Harris, Writer/Co-Producer
  • Evangeline Laroque, Gaffer

Walking Tributaries

  • Leilani Rapaport, Producer
  • Dillon Pilorget, Director of Photography
  • Jasmine Vasquez, Writer

We Refuse To Be Enemies

  • Brandy Dominguez, Videographer/Lighting
  • Summer Luu, Co-Director/Editor
  • Colette Levesque, Editor
  • David Zupan, Producer/Co-Director

Austin Lacter, PR, ’14