WBGU-TV announces ‘Cinema U’ winner

BOWLING GREEN, O.—WBGU-TV has announced the Best Picture winner of the first season of “Cinema U.” Ethan Roberts, a BGSU sophomore from Bryan majoring in theatre and film, won the award for his short film “Primacy of Experience.”

Roberts produced a narrative on being a free spirit and using imagination and creativity to gain understanding of the world around us. Based on Walt Whitman’s poem “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer,” the film makes the point that science divorced from the beauty it tries to explain is meaningless.

A panel of judges comprising five people from the community selected his entry as Best Picture. Judges were Barbara Ruland, executive director of Downtown BG and former TV producer at KPBS; David Dupont, entertainment writer for the Sentinel-Tribune; Lucas Ostrowski, an instructor in the BGSU Department of Theatre and Film; Denise Kisabeth, retired TV producer/production manager at WBGU-TV, and Janet Parks, a BGSU Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus.  

The BGSU Bookstore and WBGU-TV partnered to give the winning filmmaker an Apple iPad.  

WBGU-TV and “Cinema U” staff are accepting short film projects for season two, coming this fall. For more information or to view all short films from season one, visit http://www.wbgu.org/cinemau.

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(Posted March 09, 2011 )