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Release: March 1, 2001

UI film students' award-winning work on display at film festivals

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five graduate students in the University of Iowa Film and Video Production program have earned national and international awards for their work, including slots in prestigious film festivals.

"The Two Boys," a video by Jason Livingston, an advanced M.F.A. candidate in film production, won the Artistic Director’s Award for Poet of the Cinema at Cinematexas, a short film and video festival held in October 2000. More information is on the Web at Livingston’s film, which is about tropical memory and lost footage, also played as part of the On the Waterfront program at the Rotterdam International Film Festival ( in February.

"How to sleep (winds)," an experimental landscape film by Rebecca Meyers, a third-year M.F.A. student, won a Director’s Citation in the 2001 Black Maria Film Festival ( and will be screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival ( on Friday, March 16.

David Ellsworth, a first-year M.F.A. student, will screen his Super-8 collage film "Undivided Attention" at the upcoming 2001 U.S. Super-8 Film & Video Festival in Rutgers, NJ (, as well as at the 2001 South by Southwest Film and Video Festival in Austin, Texas in March (

"Four Days on the Gulf Coast," a video by Liz Cole, a third-year M.F.A. student, will be screened at the 2001 Indie Memphis Festival (, which is being held June 14-17. Cole describes her video as "a road movie about a teenage girl seeing the ocean for the first time."

Dustin Morrow, a first-year M.F.A. student, won third place in the music category of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation College Television Awards for "Passerby," a three-minute digital piece that questions the classically romantic notion of the soul mate. This award is also known as a "College Emmy." More information is available at

UI graduate programs in film and production are part of the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, which is in the College of Liberal Arts.