Congratulations are in order to CT Public Learning students whose work was recently recognized by the 2018 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Student Awards for Excellence. CT Public Learning is incredibly proud of our student nominees from both our High School and College/University programs, as their projects were singled-out for their unique storytelling, thematic resonance, and quality of production.
CT Public Learning/Journalism & Media Academy (JMA) Senior Claire Faulkner was awarded Best Editor and Best Audio/Sound for her short documentary Helmuth James Von Moltke: A Leader of Resistance to Hitler and The Nazi Party.
Faulkner’s documentary tells the story of her distant relative, Helmuth James Von Moltke, a German jurist who founded the Kreisau Circle Resistance group who opposed Hitler and worked to plan for Germany’s survival after Hitler’s fall from power.
“Many people were focusing just on how they could kill Hitler or remove him from power in some other way.” remarked Faulkner. “This man (Moltke) had a plan for after that happened, so that Germany wouldn’t just turn to rubble after the war. Using his position in the military, he helped coordinate efforts to warn a lot of Jewish people in other countries, and because of that he was killed before any of his plans could come into fruition.”
Moltke’s story inspired Faulkner not only due to the bravery of his actions, but also for the deep historical significance the events of the war had on her own family. “I’ve always been super interested in WW2 because my grandmother grew up in Germany during WW2. I’ve always been fascinated with how surviving that environment impacted her life, and how things would have changed if she was not able to come to America.”
When she received the news of her award nominations and victories, Faulkner felt overwhelmed with gratitude. “I was super surprised. I worked for about 4-6 months on that documentary, and being recognized like that after all the hard work I did was awesome.”
Faulkner entered Helmuth into the 2017 National History Day competition in the senior individual documentary division, winning 1st place in Connecticut and 4th in the United States. Faulkner also received honorable mentions at NATAS in the Short Form – Non-Fiction category for Helmuth and for another documentary titled Post Traumatic Growth. She plans on attending Quinnipiac University in the fall, studying communication and continuing to produce her documentaries.
For the College/University awards, CT Public Learning Media Lab alumni Gabe Julien and John Devecchis received honorable mentions in three categories, Short Form – Fiction, Audio/Sound, and Editing for The Phone Call, a short film produced last summer while both were students at the CT Public Learning Media Lab. The Phone Call follows an office worker who receives startling news and must race to help a loved one. Julien was surprised by the news of the nomination, calling the recognition “humbling and invigorating”.
When reflecting on what his experience as a student at the Media Lab taught him, Julien emphasized the importance of the Learning Lab’s hands-on approach to filmmaking. “I think the most impactful thing about working there was my experience working on an actual shoot for a video.” Julien stated. “Overall, it improved my ability to work with certain aspects of video production, and helped me also to work as a team.”
CT Public Learning/Journalism & Media Academy has won three High School Awards for Excellence, and received nine nominations, in four years – including the first ever awarded to a Connecticut High School in 2014.
CT Public’s Media Lab has won five College/University Awards for Excellence and received fourteen honorable mentions since 2012.
CT Public’s Learning Lab/IAM won one College/University Award for Excellence in 2014.
In total, CT Public Learning has won 9 awards and received 23 nominations.
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