October 23, 2020

Student Documentary Nominated for Emmy

PBA News

The student-directed “Four Families in Mafraq” documentary, which follows the stories of four Syrian refugee families living in Jordan, has been nominated for a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award.

The film has won eight other awards, including a gold Telly. Its most recent nomination is in the Documentary – Topical category of the 44th Annual Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards. Other nominees include television stations and professional production companies.

Sarah Roulette films supplementary footage for the “Four Families” documentary on a trip to Jordan.Student director Tim DeMoss ’20, epilogue director Sarah Roulette ’20 and their professor, Israel Balderas, shot the film while embedded with University students and faculty on two humanitarian relief trips. DeMoss now teaches photo and film to high school at The King’s Academy, a private Christian school in West Palm Beach, with fellow Palm Beach Atlantic alumnus Austin Parenti ’18.

Due to COVID-19, the awards will be announced at a virtual ceremony live-stream Dec. 12 on the regional chapter’s website.

The film’s other awards include:

  • The Telly Awards, Gold Award, Non-Broadcast Student Category (2020)
  • Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, Best International Feature Student Film (2019)
  • U.S. International Film and Video Festival, Outstanding Creative Excellence Award (2019)
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival, Documentary and Religion Short Official Selection (2019) (two nominations)
  • Communicator Awards, Award of Excellence, Student Online Video (2020)
  • Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists (College), Public Affairs First Place (2020)
  • Ava Digital Awards, Platinum, Long-Form Video (2020)

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