Media Arts Festival 2009 | Spotlight

‘The Desk of One Astronomer’ by CSULA student garners Rosebud

‘to-day,’ ‘The Frame Job,’ ‘Jessica’ also received top honors at the CSU Media Arts Festival

Captured screen image of The Desk of One Astronomer.

For her interactive online observatory The Desk of One Astronomer, Cal State L.A. student Dallim Park received a first-place Rosebud Award at the 2009 CSU Media Arts Festival held recently at CSU Fullerton. Three films by two other Cal State L.A. students also received top honors.

Art Professor Tony Longson, Park’s faculty advisor, described The Desk of One Astronomer as a “rich and elegant web site.” This innovative online project—which incorporates Park’s films, The Island Universes and Cephids—has won numerous awards, including “best interactive web site” at the 4th International China Student Animation Festival. The two films were produced for Cal State L.A.’s SciV! Lab (

Park came to Cal State L.A. from Daejeon, South Korea, in 2004 to pursue a master’s degree in art focusing in design and animation. She has been working at the African Millennium Foundation as a design consultant about three years. Currently CEO of Goldsons Inc. Design Studio, Park plans to return home in the spring to teach and pursue a doctorate degree.

Here are this year’s award-winning projects by CSULA students:

CSU Media Arts Festival:

The annual festival showcases exceptional student film and video projects throughout the California State University system’s 23 campuses. Cash awards were given for the first-place Rosebud Awards in each category, and also to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.

A total of 171 entries from throughout the CSU were received and judged by a panel of industry experts. The panel chose 30 finalists for competition within nine categories: animation, documentary, experimental, interactive, music video, narrative, television, feature screenplay, and short screenplay.

For a list of the 2009 festival winners, go to or

For more on the CSU Media Arts Festival, please contact Joanne Sharp, festival director, at [email protected] or (562) 951-4065.

The Desk of One Astronomer
Rosebud Award, first place (interactive category)
By art design graduate student Dallim Park, this online observatory is an exploration of scientific visualization in cosmology. According to Park, “The aim of this interactive project is to make astronomical theories and data more tangible. On a broader level, this project explores creative ways to educate a broad range of people about understanding the origin and structure of our universe.” Park received a $500 prize and the Art Department at Cal State L.A. received a $250 prize.

Second place (experimental category)
By television, film and theatre graduate student Matt Gatlin, to-day explores a man’s journey throughout a day when he can’t get his mind off a lost love. This film stars CSULA theatre arts major Brandon Massey. Communication Studies Professor Alan Bloom is Gatlin’s faculty advisor.

Captured screen image of The Frame Job.The Frame Job
Third place (narrative category)
Also by TVFT graduate student Gatlin, The Frame Job is a film noir style story that follows the aftermath of a woman’s killing, where a private detective awakes to find himself seemingly framed for the killing. The nine-minute narrative stars CSULA theatre arts majors Brandon Massey and Eric Charles.

Captured screen image of Jessica.Jessica
Third place (documentary category)
By television and film major Nadia Montoya, this is a five-minute documentary about Montoya’s sister, Jessica, who suffers from Lupus and kidney failure. Communication Studies Professors Steven Classen and Alan Bloom are Montoya’s faculty advisors.