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Asbury University students took home three Student Production Awards — the most ever in one year — at the recent 48th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards.

Three Asbury student productions won awards at the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy® Awards.Two additional student projects received Honorable Mention, and two alumni won awards for their work with regional broadcast stations. The awards ceremony was hosted by the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of the Television Arts and Sciences.

“We’re excited about three student production awards and two honorable mentions,” said Dr. Jim Owens, Dean of the School of Communication Arts. “I was particularly delighted that students won in three categories: editing, writing and dramatic production. I think that it illustrates the quality of our media program and the students that come to Asbury.”

Junior Zack Brewer wrote “Icarus,” a short film, with recent graduate Zach Meiners ’12. Two motivating factors in the success of their film were a commitment to the story and the support of students and other volunteers on the set.

“One has to really love the characters and their story, and be prepared for long hours staring at a computer screen asking oneself, ‘How can this be better?’” Brewer said. “This gives me confidence that I can say, ‘Ok, maybe I do know what I’m doing, and I’m not just wasting my time dreaming up stories when I should be studying.’”

Student Production Awards

  • Fiction: “Twirl,” by Nate Winckler ’14 (director), Stephen Shunk ‘12, Andrew J.S. Miller ‘12 and Benjamin Groves ‘14. “Twirl” made its debut at Asbury’s annual Highbridge Film Festival, where it won Best Audio, Best Original Music, Best Super Short and Best Drama. Click here to watch.
  • Writing: “Icarus,” written by Zach Meiners ’12 and Zack Brewer ’14. The story of a super villain gone horribly right, “Icarus” also debuted at the Highbridge Film Festival, capturing Best Screenplay, Best Special Effects, Best Director and Audience Favorite. Click here to watch.
  • Editing: “My Brother, My Brother,” edited by Isaac Blade ’13. A short film set in a rural farmhouse, the film explores the relational dynamics between two brothers with very different lives. “My Brother, My Brother” was directed by Asbury film professor Joshua Overbay.
  • Honorable Mention: “Little Barfly,” a short film by Isaac Blade, in the Fiction category, and “My Brother, My Brother,” in the writing category.

Emmy® Awards

  • Asbury alumnus Matthew Grimm ’02 won an Emmy® Award in the Magazine Feature/Segment category for “Memorials,” a segment on the Kentucky Education Network’s show “Kentucky Life.” The segment featured Kentuckians who are commemorating loss and finding hope through the creation of memorials.
  • Also, Jonathan Cooper ’08, Creative/Promotions Producer at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky., won an Emmy® with two co-workers for their program promo “WKYT: Official UK Station,” which promoted WKYT’s coverage of University of Kentucky athletics.