SVA alumni Rachel Loube (MFA 2011 Social Documentary Film) and John Mattiuzzi (MFA 2012 Computer Art) are among the select winners of the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to recognize and encourage the best student filmmaking at the college level in the U.S. To become finalists, students participated in one of three regional competitions with films representing drama, documentary, animation, and alternative film. Heading into the final round, SVA had more films than any other school in the running.
Mattiuzzi’s film The Compositor, which follows a young man on a surreal journey of self-discovery and awakening, was recognized in the Alternative category. Loube’s documentary Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists follows four of the venerable magazine’s illustrators (Drew Dernavich, Emily Flake, Sidney Harris, and Zach Kanin) as they meet for a weekly “roundtable” with lunch as the backdrop. Past Student Academy Awards winners include Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Trey Parker.
Loube and Mattiuzzi will travel to Los Angeles for a week of networking and industry activities that culminate in the awards ceremony on June 8th at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal placements will be announced at the event; Gold medal winners will receive $5,000, while Silver and Bronze medalists will receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. Comedian, actor and 1978 Student Academy Award winner Bob Saget will host this year’s ceremony.
For more details and ticket information, visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website.