Category: TCF Faculty

TCF Professors Win Awards from BEA

Professor Adam Schwartz’s short film Barney and the Martians won the Award of Excellence in  Narrative Video at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.

Professor Michael Bruce won the Award of Excellence in BEA’s Long Form Sports Video Competition for his Bedlam Baseball piece.

And, finally, professor Chandra Clark and Scott Hodgson’s video about meteorologists and the April 2012 tornadoes won Best of Competition for Promotional Video

TCF Professor Co-Produces Video About Meteorologists and the 2011 Tornadoes

In April 2011, Alabama and Missouri were devastated by the worst tornado outbreak in 40 years. In the span of a few hours, entire neighborhoods were destroyed and hundreds of lives lost. Thousands were left homeless. Radio and television broadcasters were instrumental in saving lives with tornado warnings and emergency and disaster relief information. They also played a critical role in the recovery and rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of the storms.

These feats of courage, dedication and generosity demonstrated by local broadcasters are captured in this short film produced by talented media arts professor, Scott Hodgson, and his students at the University of Oklahoma, along with Chandra Clark, professor of telecommunication and film at The University of Alabama. Working with the Broadcast Education Association, Scott and Chandra compiled stunning footage for a video account of broadcasters’ response to these horrific tornadoes.

Meteorologists and the 2011 Tornado Outbreak

TCF Professor’s Film to Premiere at SXSW

The original film, Eating Alabama by TCF professor Andy Grace will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in March. It was selected from 1,957 submitted feature films and is playing as part of their “Emerging Visions” showcase. SXSW is a very prestigious festival, and we are excited that Andy’s film was selected.

Check out his new website and trailer at:

Professor Andy Grace Finishes Film

Exciting news from Professor Andy Grace: his film, Eating Alabama, has just been completed.

Here’s the announcement from the Eating Alabama Website:

This all started about four years ago, when I talked my wife Rashmi into doing something a little ridiculous. We had recently moved back to Alabama after graduate school out West, and, like a lot of people, we were starting to think more critically about the food we eat – where it’s grown, how it gets to us, who grows it. Both Rashmi and I have farmers in our family history, but a few generations back there was this clean break with the land. I understood on a kind of historical/economic/sociological level how that break from the land happened, but I’d never thought much about what it meant to those of us that came afterwards. And so that was the genesis of this idea – what would it be like to try and go back?

Short of selling the house, quitting our jobs, and starting a farm, the only way we knew how to go back to a local food economy was to completely change our diets. We decided to eat only food grown or raised within the state of Alabama. Some friends joined us too, and we started a blog (which you’ll find archived on this site). And I started filming.

I had a kind of naive assumption about this movie – that we would do our little eating project, that we find some connection to all the farmers I assumed were out there, and that everything would wrap itself up in a nice and tidy package. But that’s not usually how documentaries happen, and this one was no different. The film I ended up making doesn’t look much like the one I envisioned – but that’s partly why we’re in this in the first place, right? To try and understand something better?

Anyway, the film is finished. And now we’re proud to show it off. Stay tuned to the website, follow us onFacebook and Twitter, and please sign up for the email list to be alerted about future screenings. We’ll be announcing more screening dates in the very near future.

And if you’ve followed the blog from the very beginning – thanks. Your readership and your comments throughout the years have been wonderful. Thanks to all of you for your support.


Premiere of TCF-produced TV Pilots

The UA Department of Telecommunication and Film presents the premiere of “Dirt” and “Cutters” – two television pilots produced by students at the University of Alabama!

The television pilots will be screened at the historic Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa on Thursday, January 26 2012 at 7:00pm.

Admission is FREE and concessions will be sold. Donations to support the Bama Theatre are appreciated and will be accepted at the entrance to the theater.


Professor Dwight Cammeron – In the News

Robert Reed, shown near the site of his home at Crescent Ridge Mobile Home Estates near Crescent Ridge Road on Nov. 14.

Buy PhotoMichelle Lepianka Carter | The Tuscaloosa News

UA professor, student make documentary of Robert Reed’s life after tornado story

By Adam Jones, Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:50 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA | A University of Alabama professor and a student who became intrigued by Robert Reed are making a short documentary, not just of Reed’s heroism on April 27, but his life story.

“It’s a personal story. It’s a story that had a life before the 27th, and it continues after the 27th,” said Dwight Cammeron, a telecommunication and film professor at UA.

Click to continue reading the article.

International Documenting Justice Screening

Come see two short, student documentaries filmed across the world.

International Documenting Justice screening
Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 7 pm
Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa

Sponsor: Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, the University of Alabama.

TCF Contributes to Tribute to Alabama Coal Miners

Dr. Rachel Raimist and several TCF students have been working in recent weeks to film and produce videos for the Tribute to Alabama Coal Miners at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Students were safety trained to film at outside Mine #4 in Brookwood.

The event featured former Alabama and NFL player Siran Stacy, The Lamb Family Violin Ensemble, blues singer Carroline Shines, the Shelton State Singers and Holt’s Second Baptist Church Mass Choir.

New Research By TCF Professors

TCF professors Kristen Warner and Matthew Payne have each presented new research this past week.

Dr. Warner considers the racial implications of Real Housewives of Atlanta in her Flow piece: “‘Who Gon Check Me Boo’: Reality TV as a Haven For Black Women’s Affect.” She begins:

A few years ago I attended a conference panel during which a panelist was discussing Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise. All was well as we listened to the speaker discuss the plots surrounding each of the show’s casts and how these spoke to larger issues of Bravo’s programming strategies. That is, all was well until someone from the audience asked what the speaker’s thoughts were about Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). Without thought (or malice), the panelist quickly responded, “I don’t watchthat show.” While others laughed, I was inwardly infuriated because, honestly, in a franchise based on ridiculous women behaving badly, how can one distinguish which cast is the worst? All of the women in each cast need come to Jesus moments where they can deal with the way they behave on the shows.

Dr. Payne addresses new models for gaming and advertising on in media res: “Advergaming and Niche Branding.” He contends:

One lucrative business pursuit for indie game developers has been the production of advergames – games designed to advertise a product, service, or brand. We’ve been observing a sliver of this activity in our research on the [adult swim] phenomenon, which began as a late night programming block for Cartoon Network but has since grown into a lifestyle brand that includes a record label, clothing and merchandise, and, of course, an ever-expanding library of games.


Tornado Recovery

A powerful tornado struck Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011. The campus was largely undamaged, but areas just south of campus — especially along 15th Street — were devastated.

All TCF faculty members have been accounted for and are safe. All TCF Master’s graduate students have also been contacted and are okay, but some have had their homes damaged. We do not have information on all of the TCF undergraduates, but we know some have lost their homes and possessions.

There are a number of ways you can assist with the relief effort:

Do you need help?

Are you a UA faculty/staff member or student who suffered a financial hardship due to the tornado? UA’s Acts of Kindness Fund may be able to help you. Information on how to apply is available here.