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Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

Since 1991, the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies has been a dynamic center of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity. With active participation of more than twenty faculty members, representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education, the Program offers both an Undergraduate and a Graduate Certificate in Film Studies. [More...]

 

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Film Studies
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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Amherst, MA 01003-9312
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MICHAEL S. ROIF AWARD

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Eileen Roif with 2014 award winners

From left: Alexander Bilodeau, Christopher R. Martin, Eileen Roif, Taylor Avery Garron, Andrew J. Pollack

14TH ANNUAL MICHAEL S. ROIF AWARDS

The Fourteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

First Prize

Christopher R. Martin (2014, English)
Essay: “Love Triangles: Homosexuality and Sexual Identity in Laura and Gilda” Nominator: Don Levine

Second Prize

Andrew J. Pollack (2014, Comparative Literature)
Film Title: “The Henry Holmes Motel” Nominator: Don Levine

Honorable Mention

Alexander Bilodeau (2014, Theater & BDIC)
Film Title: “Faust” Nominator: Emir Benli

Taylor Avery Garron (2015, Communication)
Film Title: “Last Comic Standing: The Rise and Fall of the Independent Comic Store” Nominator: N. C. Christopher Couch

Also Nominated

(In alphabetical order)

Roy Aloni (2014, Communication)
Screenplay: “The Mobster’s Son” Nominator: Bruce Geisler

Sophie Bell (2015, Comparative Literature)
Essay: “We Set Up Camp in This Desolate Terrain: Filmic Landscape and French Post-Colonial Experience in Beau Travail and Le Bonheur d’Elza” Nominator: Kathryn Lachman

Brian Finlay (2016, Communication)
Essay: “A Man Chooses, a Slave Obeys: Freedom in French Film” Nominator: Heather Rowles

Michaela Hughes (2014, Communication)
Essay: “Situations of Movement: the Situationist Theory and Transportation” Nominator: Heather Rowles

Andrew Lauzon (2016, Marketing)
Film Title: “8640” Nominator: Kevin Anderson

Nicholas Paraskevas (2013, Communication)
Essay: “Bustling and Barren: The Importance of Filmic Landscapes in Paris and Beau Travail” Nominator: Kathryn Lachman

Alexander Stulac (2015, Communication)
Screenplay: “Ride Along” Nominator: Bruce Geisler

Awards presented by Martin Norden (Communication), Chair of the 2014 Roif Selection Committee.
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ABOUT THE AWARD

Michael S. Roif Award

The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to a single student or divided between two students enrolled in the University's Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program whose film, video, or moving-image-media work demonstrates exceptional creativity and accomplishment.

In a given year, at least one prize must be awarded for production or screenwriting. If two prizes are awarded, one may be given for a scholarly essay.

The award is based upon a gift, made by his family, in honor of Michael S. Roif, a University alumnus and film enthusiast.

Nominations

Instructors of university film/video or related courses may nominate up to two students. Students may not apply directly.

Nominees must be university Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate students who have completed a film/video/moving-image-media project in a University film/video or related course taken during the past three semesters.

Award winners must be undergraduates in good standing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the time the award is conferred.

 

 

Honoring Eileen Roif at the 13th Annual Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies

Eileen Roif at the 2013 Roif Awards receives an award in appreciation of her and the Roif Family's support of Film Studies at UMass Amherst. The award is conferred by the Chair of the Roif Selection Committee, Shawn Shimpach, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of the Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program.

 

Michael S. Roif Award 2013ROIF AWARD 2013

The Thirteenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

At right: Eileen Roif representing the Roif Family at the 2013 Awards, pictured here with prize winners:

First Place: Tyler Clayton Appel

Tyler Clayton Appel ('15, BDIC) of Foxborough, MA, for Leaving Home, narrative video (producer/co-writer/co-music/lead actor)

Second Place: Kadyrose Druar and Mariah C. Muscato

Kadyrose Druar ('13, Journalism) of Franklin, MA, for Paper Mirrors, documentary video (co-director)

Mariah C. Muscato ('13, Communication) of Easton, MA, for Paper Mirrors, documentary video (co-director)

Honorable Mention

Andrew J. Pollack ('14, Communication) of Teaneck, NJ, for The Tell-Tale Heart, narrative video (director/adaptation for the screen)

Also Nominated

Emily Felder ('13, Anthropology) for Jean's Garden: A Permaculture Documentary, documentary video (writer/director/cinematographer/editor)

Rahmah Pauzi ('13, Journalism) for "Voicing Out and Not Voicing Out: Sensing the Presence of the Filmmaker through Voice-Overs in German Documentary Films," essay (author)

Awards presented by Shawn Shimpach (Communication), Chair of the 2013 Roif Selection Committee.

 

ROIF AWARD 2012

Twelfth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies

The prize for First Place this year is a tie between two nominees—an original screenplay and film production. The award is shared by Edwin Cabrera and Tye Whipple.

First Place: Edwin Cabrera

Edwin Cabrera ('13, Communication) for his screenplay Rouge about gang violence in Lowell, MA.

First Place: Tye Stratford Whipple

Tye Whipple ('13, BDIC) for his film production: Honeysuckle a film about the consequences of irredeemable guilt (writer/director/cinematographer, with writing credits shared by Adrian Atwood).

Also Nominated

Elyssa Budd ('14), Screenplay: Just a Peek

Eva Saltus ('13), Essay: "The Un-Definitive By Chance"

Sarah Deane Croog ('13), Essay: "In Love With Love: Francois Truffaut's Portrayal of Male Fixation in Romance Through Voiceover Storytelling"

Michael Stewart ('12), Production: My Way

Geoff King ('12), Production: A Descending Man

Awards presented by Shawn Shimpach (Communication), Chair of the 2012 Roif Selection Committee.

 

ROIF AWARD 2011

Eleventh Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies

First Place: Megan Tucei

Megan Tucei ('11, Communication) of Westport, Connecticut, for "Common Law", screenplay (writer)

Second Place: Geoffrey King

Geoffrey King ('12, Studio Art) of Hudson, Massachusetts, for "May There Always Be Sunshine", narrative video (writer/director/cinematographer)

Honorable Mention

Zachary Goodale ('11, Communication) of Westminster, Massachusetts, for "My Moon, My Man", narrative video (co-director/cinematographer)
Erica Pulcini ('11, Communication) of Putnam Valley, New York, for "My Moon, My Man", narrative video (co-director/writer)

Also Nominated

Jesse Richards ('11, Studio Art) for "Cine Foundation International", project (co-founder)

Mark Schiffer ('12, Comparative Literature/LLC) for "Lost Dreams and Humanity in the Melodramas of Douglas Sirk", essay (writer)

Patrick Setterlund ('11, Communication) for "Creeping Death", narrative video (writer/director/cinematographer)
Lindsay Van Dyke ('11, Sociology) for "A Presentation of Self", experimental video (writer/director/cinematographer)

Tye Whipple ('12, BDIC) for "Seedling", documentary (writer/director/cinematographer)

Awards presented by Shawn Shimpach Chair, 2011 Roif Selection Committee.

 

ROIF AWARD 2010

Tenth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

First Place: Mariel Adams

Mariel Adams ('12, Psychology) of Amherst, for "Without Regard", documentary (director/cinematographer/editor)

Second Place: Jeromie Whalen

Jeromie Whalen ('10, History) of Belchertown, for "Purgatory: Historical Analysis of the Belchertown State Schools", documentary (producer/co-director/editor/co-cinematographer)

Also Nominated

Adrian Atwood ('11, Communication) "The Sweet Smell of Success and The Exiles:  Noir and Neo-Realist Cinematography of  the Urban Landscape", essay

Jesse Barack ('10, Communication) "Surprise!", narrative video (co-director/actor)

Molly Bettancourt ('10, Communication) "Paris je T'aime:  The Cinematic Expression of Parent-Child Relationships in the City of Love" (essay)

Emily Felder ('12, Anthropology) "Sweet Baby Lou & the Reverends of Funk", documentary (writer/director/cinematographer/editor)

Kyle Lampe ('10, Theater/BDIC-Film) "Missing", screenplay

Ben Leonberg ('10, Communication) "Two Men Drowning in Quicksand", narrative video (writer/director/cinematographer/editor) and "Poor Maori Boy Vampire vs. Drug-Taking Zombies or PMBV vs. DTZ", narrative video (writer/director/producer/editor)

Abigail McCann ('11, Communication) "The Demise of Dexter Morgan", teleplay

Allison Mulvey ('12, Comparative Literature, Commonwealth College) "The Presentation of Migration", essay

Awards presented by Martin Norden Chair, 2010 Roif Award Selection Committee.

 

ROIF AWARD 2009

Ninth Annual Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies for Exceptional Creativity and Accomplishment presented to Undergraduate Certificate Students in the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies.

First Place: Benjamin C. Leonberg

Benjamin C. Leonberg (BDIC and Communication, ’10) “Smyle”, narrative video

Second Place: Jason E. Scheer

Jason E. Scheer (BDIC, ’09) “I”, narrative video

Honorable Mention

Sage A. Freddura (Finance & Operations Management, ’10) “Passageways”, experimental video

Mary L. Savarese (BDIC, ’09) “Media Literacy and Community Service Learning”, documentary video

Awards presented by Shawn Shimpach Chair, 2009 Roif Selection Committee.

 

See 2001-2011 Michael S. Roif Award Winners [PDF document].

 


University of Massachusetts Amherst Film Studies Celebrating 20 Years of Film Studies