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For JacobWILMORE, KYAsbury University students Austin Berry, Tyler Hoff and John Park have won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award for ‘For Jacob,’ a film they produced in the Media Communication Program of Asbury.

The CINE Golden Eagle Awards are given for excellence in professional, independent and student filmmaking and are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest standards in film and television production.

“It is great to see these guys recognized on a national scale at this level of competition,” said Jim Owens, Asbury’s Dean of the School of Communication Arts. “They worked hard to create a well-crafted film.”

Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been dedicated to honoring emerging and established talent in film, television and new media.

Berry, Hoff and Park now join a remarkable list of CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning filmmakers, many of them receiving recognition from CINE early in their careers.  Ron Howard was a teen-ager when he won his CINE Golden Eagle; Robert Zemeckis, a film student; Steven Spielberg, a promising director; Mike Nichols, a young comic; Ken Burns, a budding documentarian; and John Lasseter, a pioneering animator whose Pixar Animation Studios was then in its infancy.

“From the beginning, we set out to tell a great story,” said Berry, “so we’re very excited to be selected for such an award at this level.”

The film is now a nominee for the CINE Award of Excellence, given to CINE’s top student film of 2010 (chosen from CINE’s four student categories).  The Award of Excellence will be presented at CINE’s 2011 Awards Gala next spring in Washington, D.C.