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Speaking and Watching at the BEA: My Weekend in Vegas
April 17, 2010  | By David Bianculli
 
bicycle.jpgThis weekend capped the latest frenzied round of what passes for my life, with a presentation about my book at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas. But what I was most excited about at the convention was the King Foundation Awards show, which selected and honored the best student and faculty productions in various media categories. Our scholastic and artistic future, based on these winners, is in very good hands...

The winners of the Video Competition, just to name one category, were also awarded special grand prizes for best overall faculty and student entries.

Dean Yamada of Biola University won for Jitensha, which translates as "The Bicycle," and is a story about a Japanese man whose bicycle is stolen -- but piece by piece, not all at once -- and the thief taunts him into searching for the hidden pieces. Yamada collaborated on the story with his students, and recorded it on location in Japan. I haven't seen the entire movie yet, but the clips shown were compelling and impressive.

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The same goes for Inner Demon, the winning student entry in the same category. Dave Dorsey of Florida State University won, for a piece about a tortured artist -- a piece whose special effects and visual images were astounding, especially considering a budget of, and this is no typo, $150.

It was thrilling, though, to hear the eagerness and enthusiasm of all the winning students, and the dedication of the winning faculty members. The last time I attended and spoke at a BEA event, it was as a "civilian." This time, I arrived as a full-time college faculty member -- and because of that, the inspired students and their high-quality projects were inspirational to me as well.

By the way, the BEA show is why I've been so sluggish with TV WORTH WATCHING updates this week. My apologies. But guess what? The ever-threatened website redesign is closer than ever, maybe a month away at this point.

Don't give up on us yet. Good things are coming...

 

2 Comments

 

Angela said:

Thanks for the inside story on the BEA and the King Foundation. It's always good to hear something positive when it comes to the future of art and media.
I'm glad too that TV Worth Watching isn't going anywhere because I know I'm not! I am totally dependent on this site now. Last Sunday

Comment posted on April 19, 2010 8:09 PM


Angela said:

They say the third try is the charm.... good thing as for some reason half of my last to last post, didn't post.
In a nut-shell I wrote that this is my favorite go to place for all sort of information, including but not only the Best Bets. I love Fresh Air, and the contributions by other writers with detailed information on available DVD's to buy, so we don't have to guess, or realize later that we should have bought the "other one". Plus the full scoop about hidden gems we would normally miss out on, and even technology info, (like the Apple box).
Many thanks to all on board.

Comment posted on April 20, 2010 6:29 PM
 
 
 
 
 
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