Kelsey Greene '12
Filmmaker Kelsey Greene ’12 was recently recognized at the College Television Awards for her documentary, “Expression of Hope.”
The College Television Awards is a renowned national competition recognizing excellence in college student-produced video, digital, and film work. Each year, hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide submit entries. As with the Primetime Emmy® Awards, entries are awarded based on excellence in overall production.
Greene's film won the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship. The award recognizes student filmmakers who shed light on people with disabilities. Greene, as the producer of this film, received a cash award, industry recognition, and the opportunity to network with top television executives.
“Expressions of Hope” gives a voice to two children struggling to find their own. Ollie and Alexis are nonverbal and use various forms of assistive technology and modes of communication to speak to their family and loved ones. Both children receive help from the students and professonals at Ithaca College's Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic.
“Besides the technical components I learned from doing this documentary, the actual subject and the people I filmed taught me so much as well,” said Greene. “ And researching this subject of alternative communication has reminded me to appreciate my ability to speak, sing, write, and walk, because not everyone has these little things that so many people take for granted.”
In addition, this film also has received funding from the James B. Pendelton Student Research and Production Grant, won the Imprint Magazine Contest, been accepted into the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, and aired on WCNY.
Greene has also worked on the media curriculum development with organizations such as Green Living Project, Project Look Sharp, and VSA Arts RI. This past summer she taught ninth grade foster children media literacy and production as part of the First Star URI Ram Academy. She is currently the website project manager for the Harrington School of Communications and Media at the University of Rhode Island. She is also teaching two media courses in the Central Falls school district and continuing her work with media education for foster children.
Greene is going to pursue a master’s degree in Education
at SUNY University at Buffalo, NY. Her studies will be fully funded
by a teaching assistant position in which she will teach faculty
members how to use technology in the classroom. She is hoping to
gain more knowledge of curriculum development, the education as a
whole, as well as research involving new literacies.