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Six MSU graduate film students win awards at International Wildlife Film Festival

April 23, 2009

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Six graduate students in Montana State University's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program have won honors at the International Wildlife Film Festival to be held in Missoula May 9-16.

The students will receive their awards at the festival, which is in its 32nd year and sponsored by the International Wildlife Media Center and Film Festival in Missoula. All of the award-winning films made by the students will be screened during the festival.

Joshua Cassidy won two awards -- best music video and best amateur film -- for "Life by the Tide."

Jennifer Grace won the best newcomer award for her film, "Frog, Chemical, Water, You." Grace also won a College Television Award, also called a Student Emmy, for her 17-minute children's film about worldwide amphibian declines and environmental toxins. Grace made the film for exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo.

Jeremy Roberts' film "Disturbance" won a merit award for artistic approach.

Two students won merit awards for education value. They included Ed Watkins', "The Cool: The Living" and "Why Don't We ride Zebras?" by Hannah Smith Walter.

Andrew Sobey's animated film, "Lessons in America Episode 17: Montana," received an honorable mention.

Several students from the Science and Natural History Filmmaking program also will participate in the festival. Dennis Aig, MSU film professor who is head of the MFA program as well as the film option in the School of Film and Photography, and MFA student Megan Selheim will participate in a panel, "New Media and a New Generation in Wildlife and Environmental Film," at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

The MSU Science and Natural History Filmmaking program and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University will sponsor a Western party and country auction on Thursday, May 14, at the Dunrovin Ranch south west of Missoula. For more information about the festival, including a screening schedule, see: http://www.wildlifefilms.org/.

Dennis Aig (406) 994-6216, daig@montana.edu