of M Professor and Graduate Win Regional Emmy Awards
release: October 19, 2000
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of Memphis communication professor Steven Ross and a former
student both received regional Emmy awards in St. Louis Saturday.
Ross's film, Oh Freedom After While, was judged Best
Documentary. U of M alumna Andrea Torrence received an Emmy
for her work as an editor with St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV-TV.
awards are from the Mid-America chapter of the National Association
of Television Arts and Sciences.
received a bachelor's degree in communication arts from the
University in 1990.
produced his hour-long film about a 1939 strike by evicted
sharecroppers in the Missouri Bootheel. He used hundreds of
photographs taken by renowned American photographers and archival
newsreel footage never before seen by an audience.
documentary had already received the 1999 Tennessee Independent
Film Makers Award and the Juried Award of Distinction at the
1999 University Film and Video Association National Conference.
"It's always nice getting recognized," said Ross. "It
was a total surprise to see Andrea again. It made me feel
good to be up there, but it also felt good to see a student
who had succeeded."
was also nominated earlier for a national Emmy for his 1993
documentary, At the River I Stand, which he produced
in cooperation with David Appleby and Allison Graham.
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