News & Events

March 2009

DI Wins Top Emmy Honor--Again!

DI Wins Top Emmy Honor--Again!

For the second consecutive year, a DI student film brings home the top Emmy honor. Standard Deviation, co-directed by 2008 graduates Christopher Brannan and David Randag, was named the winner of the Documentary category at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s 30th College Television Awards black-tie gala in Los Angeles.

Standard Deviation is the story of the troubled, but brilliant, young physicist Billy Cottrell and the events leading to his incarceration as an Eco-terrorist. The film has screened at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival (awarded Best Student Documentary prize), The Daytona Beach Film Festival (Audience Favorite), and the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival. It will also screen at the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival in May.

Standard Deviation faced its fair share of competition. It went up against two films from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in the final round of the documentary division.

The College Television Awards recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate student video, digital and film production in 12 categories, including documentary. This year, the Television Academy Foundation says it received a record number of submissions— 712 student videos and films from 214 schools in 42 states, almost twice the number of entries received the previous year.

Brannan and Randag will receive $2,000 for their first-place finish. In addition, the winners’ works and behind-the-scene coverage of The College Television Awards will be featured on mtvU, MTV Networks’ Peabody- and Primetime Emmy® Award-winning 24-hour college network. It is the largest and most comprehensive media network for college students, reaching 750 campuses and more than 7.5 million college students nationwide.