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Documentary wins grand prize in Digital Media Video Annual

Documentary wins grand prize in Digital Media Video Annual

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Lycoming College held the fourth Digital Media Video Annual on Tuesday, April 9, at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

The event included screenings of short narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films by Lycoming students.

Also during the event, the Woodruff Grand Jury Prize was awarded to the student judged to have produced the best overall film. Tom Woodruff Jr. and his wife, Tami, are both Lycoming graduates. Woodruff, a native of Montoursville, Pa., and member of the Central Pennsylvania Film Office advisory board, garnered an Academy Award for his special effects work on the Meryl Streep film “Death Becomes Her.” He also received Academy Award nominations for “Starship Troopers” and “Alien 3.” Previous Woodruff award recipients were Chelsea Moore and Christina Moliterno.

This year’s winner was Williamsport Fire by Tom Lurie, according to Leah Peterson, communications department chair and assistant professor of digital media. Lurie’s film also won the award that night for best documentary and audience favorite. Peterson said the other awards were Hott Zaaq/570 by Jehiel Boner and John Piazza, best narrative; Girl Talk by Chelsea Moore, best experimental; and The Lonely Dog by Lindsey Scott, best animation.

Other students who participated were Scott Hizny with his films Chimera and Rick Rack, Emily Schumann, Love, Tricia Mundell, Lost and Found, Brianne Charnigo, Cyclops in Space, and Ethan Bierly, The Downfall Of America and When You Were Young.

The videos were selected by Lycoming art faculty members Lynn Estomin, Seth Goodman, Michael Darough, film studies faculty, Grant Fausey, and digital media faculty, Jim Dougherty.

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Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

  • A scene from Tom Lurie's film Williamsport Fire.

    A scene from Tom Lurie's film Williamsport Fire.

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