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Amanda Tasse of the University of Southern California and David Wolter of California Institute of the Arts were among the five students hailing from Southern California schools. Both received gold medals, the highest honor at Saturday’s ceremony at the motion picture academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight trophies.
At the 84th annual Academy Awards earlier this year, 2011 Student Academy Award winners Hallvar Witzo and Max Zahle were respectively nominated in the live action short film category for “Tuba Atlantic” and “Raju.” James Spione, a Student Academy Award winner in 1987, earned a nomination in the documentary short subject category for “Incident in New Baghdad.”
This year’s winners were:
_ Gold Medal: “The Reality Clock,” Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. (Only one winner was selected in this category.)
_ Silver Medal: “The Jockstrap Raiders,” Mark Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles.
_ Bronze Medal: “My Little Friend,” Eric Prah, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fla.
_ Gold Medal: “Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment,” Keiko Wright, New York University, New York.
_ Silver Medal: “Dying Green,” Ellen Tripler, American University, Washington D.C.
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