AAPS grad wins Michigan Emmy for documentary film

Pioneer and Huron high school alum Eileen Meier joins four other Washtenaw Community College students in celebrating the win of a Michigan Emmy at the 35th Gala on June 15.

Meier, Kevin Jackson and George Pariseau’s documentary film “The Flow” took home the Emmy in the Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs category. The film showcases some of Ann Arbor’s talented fire and acrobatic performers, and was recognized for outstanding achievement in reporting on activities devoted to cultural or artistic significance.

These are the first Emmy awards for the talented filmmakers. This is the second consecutive year WCC students have returned to campus with Emmys in hand.

Brad Tennant’s film, “I’d Live For You” won in the Director category. Written, directed, and edited by Tennant, the film uses the bustling central campus of the University of Michigan as its backdrop and skillfully tells the tale of a love struck Grim Reaper.

Barb Morrissey won the Photography category for her cinematography in “Belle Isle Zoo.” Once a popular destination for Detroit area families, the closed attraction has decayed to a state that is almost unrecognizable. Morrissey’s visuals offer a unique and artistic commentary about its heyday and demise.

“My faculty colleague Dan Kier, our part-time staff, and I are extremely proud of the Digital Video students’ three Emmy wins for 2013,” said Matt Zacharias, WCC instructor. “Their success is a result of their talent and a tremendous amount of hard work. They made this happen for themselves. Emmy Awards at the freshmen and sophomore level sets them apart for future employers and undergrad admissions at four-year institutions.”

“We are so proud of these talented students,” said WCC President Rose B. Bellanca. “This is an excellent example of the kind of enhancing college experiences we seek to provide for our students. The value of enrichment opportunities like this cannot be measured.”

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