Film Studies Students Honored at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Four undergraduate certificate students were honored May 6 as the University of Massachusetts Amherst presented the annual Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies.

Given annually by the interdepartmental program in film studies, the awards recognize outstanding work in screenwriting, direction, production, cinematography or cinema scholarship.

This year’s top award went to senior communication major Megan Tucei of Westport, Conn., for her screenplay "Common Law."

Geoffrey King, a junior studio art major from Hudson, took second place as the writer, director and cinematographer of the narrative video "May There Always Be Sunshine."

Honorable mention went to senior communication majors Zachary Goodale of Westminster, and Erica Pulcini of Putnam Valley, N.Y., the co-directors of the video "My Moon, My Man." Goodale also served as cinematographer while Pulcini was the writer.

Nominated for their work by UMass Amherst film studies faculty, the students received cash prizes and official recognition of their achievements. The Roif family’s gift in memory of their son, Michael, a 1983 graduate who loved film and the arts, honors excellence and creativity by undergraduate certificate students.

According to the program, the award enhances the aspirations and achievements of winners selected from among more than 250 certificate students enrolled annually in the film studies program, many of whom intend to pursue filmmaking or film studies professionally after graduation.

Contact: Catherine Portuges, 413/545-3659,