Reberth, a student documentary produced in Diana Nicolae’s Documentary Production class in 2017-18, has been winning acclaim since its May premiere.
The film, produced by then-seniors Peter Chamalian, Tyler Kubicz, Montana Marose, Kevin Adams and David Gutentag, showcases a massive government development project that shows promise for the economy of Grand Cayman but stands in the way of the protection of the island’s endangered marine life and the fight for a sustainable future.
Over the summer, it screened at cinemas in the Cayman Islands as well as being a featured selection of the Cayfilm Film Festival, securing a good amount of media coverage in the process.
Since then, it has kicked off the festival circuit at the Atlantic City Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Short Documentary in the Student category.
This month, it was also selected as one of four finalists in the special broadcast category at the prestigious national national College Broadcaster’s Inc. (CBI) festival, which will be announced Oct. 27 in Seattle. The film was selected from a pool that generally consists of more than 1,000 entries competing in 24 award categories.
This is just the beginning for this highly successful film, which was developed in Professor Nicolae’s Documentary Techniques course in Fall 2017, and produced in the Documentary Production course in Spring 2018.
The film is also the latest in a long line of successful RowanDOCS projects — making Rowan one of the most acclaimed undergraduate documentary programs in the country! This will mark the 4th time in just the last three years that a RowanDOCS project has been honored by CBI, and the second year in a row that a Rowan documentary took home the top student prize at the Atlantic City Film Festival.
UPDATE: Reberth snagged 2nd prize at the CBI competition in 2018 and is kicking off the year having been accepted into the 2019 Garden State Film Festival.