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Leake Documentary on St. Jude Teachers Wins Two Emmys University News
For release: January 29, 2008

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Craig Leake, University of Memphis assistant professor of film, won two Emmys for his documentary about teachers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The award was presented at the 22nd annual Mid-South Emmy Awards in Nashville on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Chemo Ate My Homework won awards in the categories of best documentary/topical and best director/non-news. The University of Memphis was the only university to win in two categories.

Emmy Award recipient Craig LeakeThe half-hour documentary was produced for public television. It tells the intimate and memorable story of a small group of dedicated teachers who work with cancer patients at St. Jude. In the safety of the classroom, away from surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, the students teach the teachers how to cope with grief, live for today, and value the life of the mind.

The film was broadcast several times on WKNO-TV and will appear on other PBS stations this year. It was also chosen for screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. In 2007 The Chemo Ate My Homework won a CINE Special Jury Award as Best Independent Documentary Short.

Leake's latest project, in collaboration with U of M colleague David Appleby, is a documentary that explores the reasons for infant mortality in Memphis. The film, funded in part by the Urban Child Institute of Memphis, is expected to air nationally this year.

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