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Moravian Students’ Documentary Wins at 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards

Documentary, Three Students, Three Expressions of Art, wins award for college production in arts and entertainment

Bethlehem, Pa., September 25, 2012—Moravian College alumna Emily Cohen ’12 and student Brittany Garzillo ’13 received a College Production Award from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) during the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards ceremonies on September 22 at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia.

Cohen was executive producer, editor and director of photography on a documentary produced last Spring titled Three Students, Three Expressions of Art. Garzillo was the writer, reporter and producer. They received the College Production Award in the category of “Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs” for the documentary, which focused on Moravian’s art department and detailed how three exceptional students followed their passions for the arts and used art to express themselves and illustrate who they are.

Cohen and Garzillo were part of the inaugural semester of PBS39 College Production U, a 15-week session in which television professionals from PBS39 partnered with Moravian College to produce this documentary, available for viewing at http://tempo.wlvt.org/index.php/2012/02/14/994/.

The Emmys were a night they will never forget. “As an aspiring reporter, it's something I've dreamed of and worked so hard to make a reality,” said Garzillo. “If someone would have told me that as a senior at Moravian College, I would be nominated and then win a college production award at the regional Emmys, I never would have believed them.”

“On the first day of the Production U course, Emily and I took each other aside and said ‘we're going all the way, or we're not going at all.’ We sacrificed a lot last year to make this documentary the best it could possibly be and this is the best reward I could have had imagined,” Garzillo explained. “The award wouldn't have been possible without the help of Amy Burkett, station manager of PBS39. She was the one who suggested we send our documentary in to NATAS Mid-Atlantic. I'm so thankful for all the experiences I've had over the years while at Moravian.”

Alumna Emily Cohen '12; Amy Burkett, station manager of PBS39; and student Brittany Garzillo '13

The duo have had great deal of hands-on experience in the in the news and entertainment industry while students at Moravian. Cohen interned as an editor and producer at two prestigious locations in New York City, HBO and Sugarcamp Films, an independent production company. Garzillo interned for WFMZ 69 News in the Lehigh Valley and NBC-10’s “The 10! Show” in Philadelphia, and PBS39.

“I love working in the editing room and Brittany wants to be a reporter,” said Cohen. “This was an amazing honor and will help our careers. Even having the nomination would have helped, but winning is even better. Not many people our age can say they’ve won an Emmy.” Cohen added that the two worked together remarkably well and because they both had had professional experience, they “fused their workflows, and were highly organized and worked at a professional level because of that experience.”

The winning version of the documentary was 10-minutes long, down from the original 23 minutes. “We went back into the editing room and cut it by almost 50 percent because that’s what it needed to tell the story in the most efficient way and to hold the audience,” added Cohen.

When their names were announced as winners: “I was so nervous, I couldn’t hear or focus for a moment, until Brittany moved, then I realized we had won. It was surreal,” Cohen said.

“Winning this award makes me even more certain Emily and I can compete with the best of them in this career field,” Garzillo said. “I'm so excited to see where it takes both of us. Hopefully this isn't the last we see of the Emmys.”

“I saw the sparkle and passion in the Moravian students from the beginning of our PBS39 College U program last fall,” noted Amy Burkett, PBS39. “They listened and followed our instruction so well and pushed themselves in a way I knew the finished product would be special and it was. I had the honor of presenting the award to them in Philadelphia and I was just as excited as they were when they won. They have bright futures ahead of them in broadcasting and it’s a great honor for us at PBS39 to sow seeds of success into the next generation of video producers. ”

Three Students, Three Expressions of Art was written, filmed, and edited by Cohen and Garzillo and their classmates, Rachael Hood '13, Shannon Smith, '13, Jonathan Gutierrez, '13 and Michael Clark, '12. Professionals from PBS39 taught and guided them throughout the process.

Moravian’s students were competing against other, larger colleges and universities with dedicated communications departments. Moravian’s participation in Production U is an example of the College’s unique programming that provides hands-on learning experiences for students through diverse collaborative efforts.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter also awarded six College Student Awards for Excellence in College Production. Students honored in these categories received a certificate and a Crystal Pillar award. The presentation of the Emmy® is intended to serve as an incentive for the ongoing pursuit of excellence for those working in the television industry and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment and news achievements in television. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NATAS represents more than 700 industry professionals working in regional television and is best known for organizing the annual Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, which recognize excellence in news, programming and individual achievement in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.