Television Academy Recognizes Ithaca College Student’s Documentary

ITHACA, NY — 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 was awarded the Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship for “Following Flame.” Leffler is majoring in journalism in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

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 uses interviews with band members and their families to show how Flame is changing public perception of people with disabilities and increasing awareness and acceptance.

College Television Awards entries are judged on excellence in overall production by members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. Winners are honored at a gala held in Los Angeles, awarded cash prizes and given industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives.

Leffler was presented with her award by Robert David Hall, a star of the CBS series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” A former professional musician himself, Hall had both of his legs amputated as the result of an auto accident and is an advocate for people with disabilities.

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Originally published in IC News: Television Academy Recognizes Ithaca College Student’s Documentary.

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