Mike Royce ’86 studied cinema and photography and was among the first recipients of the early Pendleton grant and was at the celebration to talk about his experience at IC.
“When I was a film student, I definitely suffered from imposter syndrome, feeling like I wasn’t good enough to actually work in movies and TV,” he said. “I’m saying that because when I became a recipient of the Pendleton grant, it was incredibly validating and meant somebody believed in me and that I was good.”
Royce worked as a staff writer on the Emmy Award winning show “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where he worked his way up to the role of executive producer for the last two seasons. His other credits include television shows “Lucky Louie,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “1600 Penn,” and “Enlisted.” Most recently, Royce worked as an executive producer and showrunner on the “One Day at a Time” reboot.
“IC fixed in me the idea to always be learning,” said Royce. “The bottom line, is I’m super proud to be an IC grad.”
Associate professor Cathy Crane has been a recipient of the Pendleton grant multiple times. Crane has created a body of work in experimental historical documentary, most recently on a documentary on the border called “Crossing Columbus,” which has been supported by the Pendleton grant, both in its early stages of research and as recently as last academic year.
“Being able to focus on historical material is actually the very center of my work and has absolutely been extraordinary and significant to enjoy the support and generosity of a stranger,” said Crane. “I wish I had known James Pendleton; I feel like I have been able to blossom as a filmmaker over the course of the last 18 years here at Ithaca College with that support.”