AMERICUS (April 2, 2014)—The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts at Georgia Southwestern State University partnered again this year with the Chattahoochee-Flint RESA Educational Technology Center (ETC) to produce the 10th annual Georgia Movie Academy (GMA) awards at the Rylander Theater Thursday, March 27.  

GSW, Chattahoochee-Flint ETC produce 10th annual Georgia Movie Academy Awards at Rylander
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AMERICUS (April 2, 2014)—The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts at Georgia Southwestern State University partnered again this year with the Chattahoochee-Flint RESA Educational Technology Center (ETC) to produce the 10th annual Georgia Movie Academy (GMA) awards at the Rylander Theater Thursday, March 27. The GMA theme was “A Day in the Life.”

The Georgia Movie Academy is sponsored by the Chattahoochee-Flint RESA ETC and Rylander Theater Partnership Productions, a collaborative program of the Americus Theater and Cultural Authority and the GSW Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts (TC&MA). The production was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Charles L Mix Memorial Fund.

The GMA is a state-wide competition that encourages the use of basic and/or advanced video production in classrooms. The program invites teachers to register for the competition, form teams of motivated students and serve as coaches through the development of an educational movie aligned with state standards.

Nearly 260 K-12 students from 19 different schools submitted films. The Chattahoochee-Flint RESA ETC area includes the following counties: Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor and Webster. ETC staff members organized the competition and planned the awards ceremony. Their staff includes Bunny Harris, director; Jennifer Smith, instructional technology specialist; and Tonya Barnes, registrar/secretary.

Four divisions based on grade were judged on the following criteria: identified academic standards, photography, creativity/style, content/story and alignment to theme, enhancements, and digital citizenship.

In the K-2 division: best picture: “Farm Living” by Taylor County Primary (coaches: Deanna Davis and Amy Jones); first runner up: “A Day in the Life of a Dimon Droplette” by Dimon Magnet Academy (coaches: Carrie O'Neal and Cynthia Elliott); second runner up: “A Day in the Life of a Principal” by Hannan Elementary (coaches: Shannon Hustick and Amanda Foiles)

In the third through fifth grade division: best picture: “A Day in the Life of Being Brave” by Fox Elementary School (coaches: Brandi Waldheim and Michelle Thomas); first runner up: “A Day in the Life of the American Flag” by L.K. Moss Primary School (coaches: Jami Shivers and Dina McCorkle); second runner up: “A Day in the Life of an Olympic Athlete” by Schley County Elementary School (coaches: Heidi Goodin and Melanie Allen).

In the sixth through eighth grade division: best picture: “A Day in the Life of a Love Letter” by East Columbus Magnet Academy (coaches: Jamie Brookins and Duane Wizzard); first runner up: “A Fortunate Day Changes Everything” by Marion County Middle School (coach: Faye Wells); second runner up: “An ‘A’ for a Day” by Marion County Middle School (coach: Faye Wells).

In the ninth through twelfth grade division: best picture: “Sacrifice” by Taylor County High School (coaches: Diane Madore and Connie Brown); first runner up: “A Day in the Life of a Super Hero” by Marion County High School (coach: Michael Medders); second runner up: “’The Salty Slips’ Get a Deal” by Marion County High School (coach: Michael Medders).

The best picture in each division will be entered in the online state competition for the Georgia Movie Academy.

The panel of judges for the awards ceremony included Bobby Ellis, owner of The Image Company in Americus; Katie Nichols from the GSW School of Education; Joseph Watson from the GSW TC&MA; and Pat Peacock from production manager Onmedia.

Production support was provided through Rylander Theater/CP Productions in collaboration with the Department of Theater, Communication & Media Arts. TCMA majors performed critical technical functions, such as projections, sound, and lighting. Students also performed as costumed characters from a variety of movies familiar to the young audience. TCMA faculty members also contributed.  Joey Watson served as a judge for the event; Jeff Green served as MC and Ray Mannila coordinated costumes and other production elements.              

For additional information about the Georgia Movie Academy, call (800) 541-9442.

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Best Picture—The team from Taylor County High School coached by Diane Madore and Connie Brown took home best picture honors in the high school division at the 2014 Georgia Movie Academy Awards.