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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UWW Student Recognized for Outstanding Screenplay

May 17, 2021

Thirty-two-year-old UWW student Casey Shanahan of Turners Falls, Massachusetts has won second place in the screenplay category at this year's Michael S. Roif Awards in Film Studies. Casey is finishing their degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Critical Cultural Studies, and is pursuing an online certificate in Film Studies. They look forward to continuing to study film in graduate school.

“I want to thank the Film Studies Department as well as my home department, University Without Walls, for giving me a warm and supportive welcome back to school,” Casey said when accepting the prize. “Finishing my undergraduate work would not be a viable option for me without UWW. The resources they provide non-traditional students, working students, are incredibly valuable, and I just wouldn’t be here at UMass without them.”

The Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies is a competitive annual prize awarded to students enrolled in the University's Undergraduate Film Studies Certificate Program whose film, video, or moving-image-media work demonstrates exceptional creativity and accomplishment. The award is based upon a gift, made by his family, in honor of Michael S. Roif, a University alumnus and film enthusiast.