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|AN ACT OF BRAVERY TAKES GOLD AWARD AT WORLDFEST-HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL
HAMMOND -- An Act of
Bravery, a short film produced by Southeastern Louisiana University
faculty and staff, won a second prize Gold Award at the 37th annual
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival awards gala held in Houston
this past weekend.
Written, choreographed, produced, and
directed by Martie Fellom, professor of music and dramatic arts, the film
premiered during Southeastern’s Fanfare 2003 season. An Act of Bravery
depicts in dance and narration the journey of courage that takes place
when a victim of molestation finds the strength to reveal their experience
and reclaim their life. The work won in the category of film and video
production for performing arts that includes dance, drama and music.
“I was fortunate to have many talented
and creative persons working with An Act of Bravery –all of whom
greatly contributed to the success of the project,” Fellom said.
An Act of Bravery was
funded by a Southeastern faculty development grant and featured the dancing
of Southeastern alumnus Michele Cudd with music by Conor McGibboney of
Hammond. The eight-minutee piece was videotaped by Claude A. Levet and
edited by Steven Kleyle, both with the Southeastern Public Information
Office. Voice-overs were provided by Kleyle and Southeastern graduating
senior Elizabeth Mayeux.
Worldfest-Houston is one of the world's
largest awards programs for independent films and videos and is recognized
as a prominent rival of the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival. The event
is credited with early recognition of such directors as Steven Spielberg
(Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), Ang Lee (Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator).
An Act of Bravery is Fellom’s
second film to be recognized at WorldFest-Houston. Her film Wish,
written by Alan Marsh with video by Levet and which premiered in the 2001
Fanfare season, won a Gold Award in the 2002 film festival for Experimental
Fellom, Marsh, and Levet are currently
at work for a new video project entitled The Firefly Club.