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The Canisius College Video Institute earned two Telly Awards for student-produced films.  The Telly Awards is a New York City-based organization that honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. 

The Canisius College Video Institute received a bronze Telly Award in the student non-broadcast category for its film “Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.”  Produced by digital media arts majors Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, the film premiered at Canisius in April 2019 and focuses on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants in the film are from Buffalo’s international high schools, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson.

The Video Institute also received a bronze Telly Award in the social issues non-broadcast category for the film “NewBorn: Maternal Resources in New York State.” The film was produced by Kathryn MacConnell ’19 (digital media arts), Emyle Watkins ’20 (journalism and digital media arts), Elaine Stickney ’20 (digital media arts and communication studies) with assistance from Deysha Johnson ’18 (business economics).  “NewBorn” premiered at Canisius in March 2019 and focuses on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York.  From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care.

Click here to read more about these films and the Canisius College Video Institute.

Submitted by: College Communications