ÂRiver PlanetÂ documentary overflows with accolades
Film project, by CSULA faculty members and others, garners Award of Merit
Described as a Âpoetic feature of six major world rivers,Â River Planet is the result of an ongoing project focused on the environmental, cultural and social issues around the Ganges, Amazon, Rio Grande, Danube, Los Angeles and Mekong Rivers.
Co-produced by Cal State L.A.Âs Professor Suzanne Regan and part-time instructor Karla Berry, River Planet recently received the Award of Merit at this yearÂs University Film and Video Association (UFVA) Conference in Boston. The juried prize is the associationÂs top award for documentary filmmaking.
The award-winning documentary was created by a multidisciplinary teamÂincluding Melinda Levin of University of North TexasÂas part of the Global Rivers Project. The collaborative project was funded by Panasonic, Avid Technologies, UFVA and The International Congress of School of Film and Television.
ÂThe Global Rivers ProjectÂs ability to bring together students and faculty documentarians from film schools across the globe to give their personally enriched vision of their native rivers gives our documentary a uniquely situated relevancy and energy,Â said Regan. ÂI am pleased and proud that the University Film and Video Association recognized and honored our efforts.Â
Regan is an expert in documentary history and production, film and television history, theory and criticism. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the UniversityÂs Television, Film and Media Studies program, and has served as editor of the Journal of Film and Video.
Berry, whose background is in experimental, documentary and interactive media, said, ÂThe Global Rivers Project was a remarkable opportunity to collaborate with filmmakers around the world. With the support of Panasonic and Avid Technologies, our teams worked together to test high-definition video practices in extreme conditions: from subzero winter on the upper Mississippi River, to heat and humidity on the Ganges River in India. Our project garnered goodwill and generosity all along the way.Â
River Planet also recently won a Telly Award in the film/video category and the top award for environmental film at the Breckenridge Festival of Film. It is an official selection of the 2011 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and the 2011 Estes Park (Colorado) Film Festival.
Founded in 1947, the UFVAÂformerly called the University Film Producers AssociationÂis an international organization of more than 1,000 professionals and institutions involved in the production and study of film, video, and other media arts.
Learn more at the following links:
- UFVA Conference:
- River Planet documentary:
- Global Rivers Project (spotlight feature):
- World River Map:
- 32nd Annual Telly Awards:
- Department of Television, Film and Media Studies at CSULA:
- Department of Communication Studies at CSULA:
- College of Arts and Letters at CSULA: