‘Reberth’ Wins At BEA Festival

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.  This was 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.

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.

In October, it was selected as second place in the special broadcast category at the prestigious national national College Broadcaster’s Inc. (CBI) festival.  The film was selected from a pool that generally consists of more than 1,000 entries competing in 24 award categories.

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.

In addition, it screened locally at the Women in the Arts Festival on October 26th, and the RTF Media Festival on November.    It also was selected to screen at the 2019 Garden State Film Festival.

Most recently, Reberth won 3rd Place in the Student Documentary Long Form Video or Film Category at the BEA Festival of Media Arts; beating out more than 1,500 other submissions across the competition.

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