heartofaherocbi01Heart of a Hero, a student documentary produced in Diana Nicolae’s Documentary Production class in 2015-16, won a prestigious national College Broadcaster’s Inc. (CBI) award Oct. 22 in Philadelphia.

The film, produced by then-seniors Pat Hopper, Michael Matarese, Lauren Rauffer and Frederick Casario, was among roughly 1,000 entries competing in 24 award categories and was honored during CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention.

Read the full story — http://today.rowan.edu/home/news/2016/10/26/student-vietnam-war-documentary-wins-national-cbi-award

Three new documentary projects, along with three films made in the Advanced TV course, will premiere May 11th at 6:30pm in the King Auditorium in Bozorth Hall.  Be sure to check them out!

Advanced TV Projects:

Squirebots! –Tracy Taylor, an NJ middle school teacher, strives to keep the student robotics team going despite long hours and funding challenges. Produced by Brianna Cutter, Frederick Casario, Brian Hires, Jason Penza, Eric Iaquinto

King: Portrait of an Educator — Revisiting the life of the late Dr. Norman Spencer, a prominent Philadelphia educator who fought for equality in education. Produced by Argiea Spencer, Christian Springer, Ryan Armstrong, Jasmine Plata, Troy Sargent

Inspiration — Patrick Fritche yearns to inspire others by playing piano despite his body’s limitations due to cerebral palsy. Produced by Elena Ordille, Jade McDonnough, Connor Buckley, John Gross

Documentary Production Projects:

What’s up DOC-umentary — A look at the life and work of Tex Avery, the highly influential and under-appreciated animator.
Produced by Eric Boldizar
Directed by Eric Boldizar & Orlando Mercado
Camera by Dylan DeSimine
Edited by Eric Boldizar, Dylan DeSimine & Eric Iaquinto

Heart of a Hero — The story of a Vietnam veteran and his son on a mission to find two unknown soldiers that saved his life during the war.
Produced by Michael Matarese & Lauren Rauffer
Directed by Lauren Rauffer
Camera by Frederick Casario & Patrick Hopper
Edited by Patrick Hopper

A Home for Recovery — Brian, surrounded by friends and family affected by substance abuse, is on a quest to help people in recovery.
Produced by Brian Hires & Kyle Rosner
Camera by Nicholas Markel & Jason Penza
Edited by Jason Penza



“After Tragedy” will premiere at the 2015 Atlantic City Cinefest.  It was produced by students Mark VanZevenBergen, Bianca Beck, Matthew Torres, and Joe Savin for the Spring 2015 Documentary Production class.

In the small New Jersey town of Haddon Heights, April 20th 1995 is a date that will never be forgotten. Resident Leslie Nelson (formerly known as Glenn Nelson before getting a sex change operation) was being investigated for child molestation charges when she pulled out an AK-47 and shot three police officers, killing two and critically wounding another. The film revisits

The film will screen Sunday, October 18th at 5:30pm in the Noyes Arts Garage venue.  For schedules and tickets, please visit the festival site.

For other press coverage on the making of “After Tragedy,” please see articles from the Courier Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Trailer posted for NEW Rowan Doc on Haddon Heights

Check out the trailer for the new documentary on the aftermath of a 1995 tragic shooting in Haddon Heights.  Premiering May 13th at Rowan University.

Rowan Doc Broadcast on South African TV

Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels, one of the documentaries created by Rowan students in 2013 as part of the PACT5 project, recently aired on Cape Town, South Africa’s Public TV Channel. They have a national viewing audience of over 2 million. Learn more about PACT5 at www.pact5.org.

Trailer posted for NEW Rowan Doc

Check out the trailer for the new documentary on dubstep DJ Joe Nice.  Premiering May 13th at Rowan University.

In the past 25 years Rowan University’s documentary production students have made over 20 documentaries that have focused on social issues that directly affect college students.

Issues like binge drinking (Wasted Youth), drug addiction (Heroin: A Dose of Reality and Ecstasy and Electronica), prescription drug abuse (Generation Rx), stalking (Culture of Silence), hazing, sexual assault (Breaking the Silence and It’s Not OK) and rape (What Jeannie Didn’t Know). These short documentaries become powerful tools in educating students on the dangers that can lurk on college campuses.

In 2012, Rowan led five other universities across the country and began the “Pact5” campaign — to use documentaries to make a difference on the problems of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Ten documentary films were completed (3 by Rowan students) in 2013, coinciding with the national debate about the issue. Since then, the documentaries have been viewed over 32,000 times; the accompanying website has been viewed by students from over 1,800 colleges in 47 students. And over 400 colleges and counting are using the documentaries in some way to teach awareness and prevention.

“Each day the documentary project meant more and more to me. Not so much about what a potential victim might do, but that it is everyone’s responsibility to educate each other about this horrific epidemic.”

-Meredith Carroll, Rowan documentary student

Rowan students have also explored a number of socio-political issues that impact lives nationwide.  In 2014, Rowan students worked under a grant from FEMA to create The Alarming Truth, a docu-drama highlighting the dangers of campus fires.  Documentaries have also been  created to examine protests against the war in Iraq, a Philadelphia-specific part of the “Occupy” movement, a special needs basketball team, an organization trying to raise money for organ transplants for kids who can’t afford them, a woman trying to address blight with urban gardens, and many more.

“Real world experience that isn’t usually seen in undergraduate level college courses”

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