Two films submitted by BYU-Idaho students to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences won regional awards of excellence. The 55th annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony took place in Seattle, Washington, on June 9.
BYU-I students Jesse Garrard, Joseph Kitchens, David Avery Grasse, Scott Villanueva, Jacob Scott Villanueva, Gabe Alexander and Crew Johnston won the award of excellence in the category of Short-Form Fiction for their film Escape from Bara Magna.
Garrard describes the film as “Injured, dehydrated, and caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, a lone smuggler must use his ingenuity to find a way off the barren wasteland Bara Magna,” according to explorerexburg.com.
Students Makenzie Bush, Avery Grasse, Casia LaCroix, EvaLyn Houston, Gabe Alexander, Brenton Stumpf, Leah Bush, Janie Dickson, Sarah Haydock, Emma Morgan, Sarah Bowman and Camille Smith won the award of excellence in the category of Short-Form Non-Fiction for their film, My Starving Mind.
Bush, who directed the film, said, “I created a poetic documentary to illustrate the emotional effects that eating disorders have on those who suffer from them. I interviewed several people who shared their stories with me — the dialogue you hear in the film are the exact words from them, unaltered. This is my interpretation, as I have never personally had an eating disorder,” according to explorerexburg.com.