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Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 04/30/2014
The College Television Awards — a national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital and film work — has honored Ithaca College senior Kristin Leffler for her documentary on a band composed of musicians with disabilities.
Leffler, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship for Following Flame. The film was produced for Professor James Rada's Documentary Journalism course.
The scholarship recognizes student filmmakers whose work sheds light on people with disabilities, helps emerging artists gain recognition and increases visibility for artists with disabilities.
Following Flame tells the story of Flame, a cover band composed of musicians with disabilities, and demonstrates the state of disability rights in the U.S. alongside the history and success of the band.
Leffler was presented with her award by Robert David Hall, a star of the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
For more information on Following Flame, click here.
Watch the video from the Awards Ceremony. Kristin's award and acceptance starts 57 minutes into the show.
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