National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Honor Champlain Students

Champlain College Film and Broadcast student productions have earned high honors at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) New England Chapter.

The chapter announced that Filmmaking and Broadcast Media Production majors in the Division of Communication and Creative Media were selected for the 2018 Student Production Awards for Excellence in the categories of Fiction Short Form, Nonfiction Long Form and in Community Service Public Affairs. Several students earned honorable mentions.

This is the second time that the New England chapter has honored Filmmaking students for their work and the first for the Broadcast Media Production students. Students from all four years were represented in this year's award competition.

"This is such an honor for our students," says Film and Broadcast Program Director Dr. Van Dora Williams. "They have worked hard on these projects and it is gratifying to see them honored in this way. I am so proud of them!"
NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and related media and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It is best known for the coveted Emmy® Award.

The student work ranged from short stories about anxiety, examining the life of a Mexican immigrant to longer stories showcasing the life of a young man with Down Syndrome who advocates for people with disabilities, to the behind-the-scenes look at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, as well as a narrative film shot in Dublin, Ireland.

The stories are compelling, funny, creative and all provide just a glimpse of the outstanding work the students are creating. Below are the categories and student work that was honored this year.


Short Form Fiction
Winner: "Faux Pas"- A short film that takes the perspective of a dog experiencing the first meeting of his new owner. Students: Shelby Kleinhans and Connor Randolph.

Honorable Mention: "A Difficult Conversation" - A drama about a writer who confronts her publisher over his refusal to publish her latest manuscript. A heated and passionate meeting ensues when the two end up stuck together in his office. Students: Serena Gauthier, Brian Denzak, Jacob Ballin, Anna Cuevas and Liam Maxwell.

Honorable Mention: "Dust or Diamond" - When an anxiety ridden student discovers his one plan for after college has been taken away from him, he comes up with another plan - getting revenge on the professor he deems responsible. Students: Alexa Tariff, Spencer Pearson, Nicholas Robinson and Simeon Pol.


Long Form Fiction
Honorable Mention: "From Tadpoles" - When the guilt from the worst mistake of his life becomes too much, a high school student finally confesses and discovers a powerful sense of freedom. Students: Alexa Tariff, Jordan Tariff, Zack Watson and Scott Nickerson.


Long Form Non-Fiction
Winner: "More Alike Than Different" - This takes a look at a young man from Essex Junction, VT - Dan Goodrow. Dan has Down Syndrome, and is an advocate for people with disabilities. Students: Ryan Malle and Alex MacDowell.

Honorable Mention: "A Second Chance" - This is a behind-the-scenes look at the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Their piece explains how the shelter works and takes a look at the life of one cat and one dog. Student: Dylan Staid.

Honorable Mention: "Safe Harbor, Welcome Home" - This is a piece shares the journey of Marcus Pizer and the transgender safe place the Pizer family has created for teenagers at their home in South Burlington. Student: Tyler Bradley.


Short Form Non-Fiction
Honorable Mention: "Victor Espinoza" - This piece examines the life of a Mexican immigrant who takes care of race horses. The film explores the issues related to low wage workers in the racing field through the life of one such person. Student: Malena Groves.


Public Affairs/Community Service
Winner: "Vermont Council on Rural Development" - Its purpose was to explain the "community visit process", i.e. the way small towns in Vermont create gatherings to make decisions about the future. Students: Laura Fillback, Kirsten Potts and Jenna Misra.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.