Category: TCF Faculty

TCF’s “Zom-Com” and “Clean Break” at Sidewalk Film Festival

The Sixteenth Annual Sidewalk Film Festival wrapped up Sunday. Featured among its short film entrants was  Zom-Com:

Sidewalk also saw the premiere of TCF professor Nick Corrao’s short film Clean Break:

Together these projects involved dozens of TCF faculty and students. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped keep TCF on the program of this competitive and highly-regarded film festival.

Payne on gaming Grand Theft Auto Online

Just out in Media Fields Journal is TCF professor Matt Payne’s “Policing the Sandbox in Grand Theft Auto Online.” It details what happens when gamers acquire gaming capital (e.g., in-game cash) in ways that challenge the gamemaker’s control. Things can get ugly.

Find it here:

Matthew Thomas Payne and Michael Fleisch. “Policing the Sandbox in Grand Theft Auto Online.” Media Fields Journal 8 (2014).

Tuscaloosa Amp and TCF Interns Win Award

The Tuscaloosa Ampitheater won the Venue Education Award from the International Association of Venue Managers. As noted by Tuscaloosa News, “[t]he award, given for venues demonstrating active student involvement, educational opportunities and leadership, was given to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater largely based on its internship program created with the University of Alabama.”

The T-News article notes that more than 45 UA students have interned at the Ampitheater. We’re sure that 95 to 100 percent of these students have been guided by TCF’s Rachel Raimist. Accordingly, congratulations and thanks to Dr. Raimist for putting the Tuscaloosa Ampitheater and TCF in the international spotlight.

See the Tuscaloosa News story:

TCF Professor Wins National James Beard Foundation Award

Professor Andrew GraceAndrew Beck Grace, a University of Alabama telecommunication and film instructor and director of the Documenting Justice program, has been named a 2014 James Beard Foundation Award winner.

Grace was honored in the foundation’s Broadcast and New Media Awards Special/Documentary category for his 2013 documentary “Eating Alabama,” which detailed his and his wife Rashmi’s attempts to “eat like their grandparents ate” for a full year, eating only locally grown foods.

“Winning this award feels good,” Grace said. “It’s funny, because James Beard is known for the food awards. So you still have entities like Martha Stewart, ‘This American Life,’ a whole host of easily accessible, nationally known award winners. It feels good to be among that crowd.”

“Eating Alabama” aired nationally on PBS stations in 2013 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Grace is finishing an interactive documentary about the April 2011 tornadoes in Alabama, as well as a project with a former student on the bankruptcy of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1980s.


TCF News and Notes (Spring 2014)


Congratulations to Chandra Clark for her publication in the April edition of JoME. “Producing a Collaborative Video Project across Country” explains how she produced her award-winning work on tornados and hurricanes. You can read it at:

BTW, JoME is edited by one of our TCF adjuncts, Dr. Dave Byland.

Congratulations to Dwight Cammeron, whose film April’s Hero was screened at the Lifetree Film Festival in Loveland, Colorado on Saturday, April 12. For more info on this festival, check out:

April’s Hero has continued to have great success on the festival circuit.

Congratulations to Michael Bruce, whose article “Framing Arab Spring Conflict: A Visual Analysis of Coverage on Five Transnational Arab News Channels” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Middle Eastern Media. We look forward to its publication.

And congratulations to Adam Schwartz, Matt Payne, and Maya Champion, who were invited to present their collaborative work on Zom-Com at the UFVA Annual Convention in August in Montana.


TCF won 3 awards in the UA “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference”

Oral Presentations

2nd Place Leah Bradford, Drew Bryant, Taylor Crosby, Sarah Hollingsworth (Faculty Mentor: Chandra Clark)

4th Place Danielle Springsteen, Kristen Bolden, Lauria Jenkins, Morgan Wagner (Faculty Mentor: Chandra Clark)

Internationally Focused

Award Recipient – Jeyoung Oh (Faculty Mentor: Yonghwan Kim)

Congratulations to Chandra Clark and Yonghwan Kim for their work with these students.

TCF also had 4 winners and 4 finalists (in 5 different categories) in the SPJ competition (each category gets three finalists and then they choose one winner . . . the others are called finalists).


WINNER “Student On-line identity stolen” by Hailey Swartwout (TCF 334 mini-doc aired on WVUA-FM)
FINALIST: “Red Light Cameras” by Spinks Megginson


WINNER “Preventing More boating deaths” by Tommy Townsend, WVUA-TV
FINALIST “Airport Bomb Threat” by Emileigh Forrester, WVUA-TV


WINNER “Blind Band Student” by Bradley Whittington, WVUA-TV


FINALIST: “A Champion’s Support” by Katie Malone, WVUA-TV


WINNER “Blind Band Student” by Bradley Whittington, WVUA-TV
FINALIST “Bamboo Industry” by Emileigh Forrester, WVUA-TV


TCF-produced Videos on Alabama Artists: ‘Alabama Art Seen’

Alabama Art Seen is a half-hour documentary-style television show that profiles artists living and working in Alabama. Produced entirely by University of Alabama Telecommunication and Film students, the program aims to shine light on the rich artistic heritage of the state, and more importantly, investigate the growing investment in the arts in Alabama.

Alabama Art Seen airs Sunday nights at 9pm on WVUA-TV.

For more information, please see:

BEA Awards

All the BEA winners have been posted and, as usual, TCF has an excellent record of achievement. We had 5 papers and 5 festival awards! All peer-reviewed and competitively selected. Of the 5 papers, 3 were TOP papers in their division and one additional paper was selected for the prestigious Research Symposium. At the Festival, 2 were faculty awards and 3 were student awards. Michael received the Best of the Festival Award in Faculty Sports, the top award for the festival and the first time it has been awarded in the Sports Division.

Here is the complete breakdown:

Research Papers

Top paper: BEA Research division (debut): Yonghwan Kim

Like-minded media use and stereotypic perceptions: Exploring the connection between exposure to like-minded media and stereotypical perceptions.

Top paper, Gender Studies (open): Andy Billings

Parallel Lines of Commentary? The NBC Broadcast Network’s Primetime Depiction of Male Gymnasts at the 2012 Olympic Games

Top Paper, International Division (open): Michel Haigh & Michael Bruce

A Comparison of the Visual and Story Frames Al Jazeera English and CNN Employed During the 2011 Egyptian Revolution

Research Symposium: Michael Bruce:

Sensational Pictures: An Analysis of Visual Structure on Five Transnational Arab News Channels

Selected for presentation: Yonghwan Kim:

Selective exposure to podcasts, emotions, and political participation: The mediating role of emotions.

International Festival of Media Arts

Best of Festival, Faculty Sports:

Michael Bruce: Houndstooth: Tradition. Community. Loyalty.

Faculty Video Competition: Promotional Video

Award of Excellence: Scott Hodgson, University of Oklahoma & Chandra Clark, The University of Alabama: Communicating Superstorm Sandy


Student Interactive Multimedia Competition: Small Team, 1st Place Winner:

Miller Coop and Anne Tyler Bushman, The University of Alabama, Miracle League.

Student Documentary/Long Form: 3rd Place Winner

Shelby Hadden, The University of Alabama, Not a Statistic

Student Television Hard News Reporting: Honorable Mention

Tommy Townsend, The University of Alabama, Drownings on the River



TCF Prof. Kristen Warner: Object X – What is a Dollar?

Object X seeks to examine how differing opinions can converge to define an object. The third event in this series will focus on the simple question, “What is a dollar?” Six speakers will come together on February 17 at 7:00pm in ten Hoor room 30 to answer that question. Come hear a variety of voices in the Tuscaloosa and University of Alabama communities shed light on different aspects of the ever-polarizing dollar.

Chip Cooper, Honors College Artist in Residence
Lauren Lock, Panhellenic Community Member
Hannah Rath, Former President of Project Health
Kristen Warner, Assistant Professor of Telecommunication & Film
Phillip Weaver, Owner of Buffalo Phil’s
Craig Wedderspoon, Associate Professor of Art, Sculpture

Tweet at us before the event! Use #whatisadollar and tell us the best way you’ve ever spent a dollar. A bag of chocolate coins will go to whoever has the best story!

What is a dollar? poster