Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Wait and the Student Academy Awards

The following is an article done at the J-School News about our nomination for the Student Academy Awards.

Kelly Asmuth, Cassandra Lizaire and Alicia Tejada: finalists, Student Academy Awards

April 17, 2009

Part-time students Cassandra Lizaire, Alicia Tejada, Kelly Asmuth, all graduating in May, co-produced a film which has been selected for the Region Three Semifinals for the Student Academy Awards. The film is their video master's project, "The Wait." "We are honored that "The Wait" has received this recognition and are very thankful to the families who opened their homes and shared their touching stories with us," said Lizaire.

The film, which was completed during the summer of 2008, follows young people who are in need of a life-saving organ transplant. Four teenagers from different backgrounds describe what it is like to live in a state of uncertainty, waiting for an organ that may or may not come, while still trying to lead productive lives.

"Thanks to all the bright personalities and families that allowed us into their lives," said Tejada. "I hope that organ donation becomes a household topic and people will be more open-minded about it."

"We're keeping our fingers crossed," said Asmuth. "It's a huge honor, and we hope our documentary will enlighten those who may have misconceptions about donating."

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