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UI sesquicentennial video wins state, national awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Reflections: The Shaping of a University," a video about the University of Iowa's first 150 years, has won state and national awards for excellence. The sesquicentennial video won the Iowa Motion Picture Association's highest award, the Award of Excellence, in the documentary category. The documentary has also been awarded a Bronze Award in the national Telly Awards competition.

Produced by the University of Iowa Video Center for the UI Sesquicentennial Committee, "Reflections" chronicles many of the people and events that shaped the university. The documentary includes rare photos, documents and film footage from the Civil War, the University Hospitals and Clinics, pioneering space exploration research, and it also features a section on Nile Kinnick, the UI's only Heisman Trophy winner.

The award from the Iowa Motion Picture Association was presented Saturday, April 19, when the winners of state-wide competition for Iowa's film and video industry were announced.

The national Telly Awards competition drew about 9,000 entries this year. The competition was founded in 1980 to showcase outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions. Winners are chosen based on a high standard of excellence with Bronze Awards being presented to only 15 to 19 percent of entrants.

"Reflections" was produced and directed by Ron Kral. Steven Henke was editor of the project, and Kevin Kelley was the writer. Producer Kral also credits the University Special Collections Department and the State Historical Society for the video's success.

Copies of "Reflections" may be obtained by calling the UI Video Center at 319-335-2645 or from the Iowa Hawk Shop.