Edited by Francisco Lopez, Katelyn Zamudio and Keith Boynton, motion graphics by Katelyn Zamudio, graphics Dana Welch
Special Thanks to Dean John Majewski, Tom Lazarus and Michael Siegel
Graduation Recognition Ceremony
June 14, 2020
Wishing You Success in the Future
Bhaskar Sarkar Department Chair
John Majewski Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts
Film & Media Studies Senior Projects and Memory Highlights
Compiled by Keith Boynton & Francisco Lopez
Mikaela (Mika) Pham
Presentation of Awards:
The Alexander Sesonske Prize: Presented by Charles Wolfe
Recognizes writing and research capacity for student essays about film, television, and digital history, theory and criticism. The award is named after one of the founders of our department.
“Questioning Human Life’s Value” by Harvest Keeney
Italian Heritage Prize: Presented by Anna Brusutti
Recognizes critical work that focuses on Italian film or television. Competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students but the work must have been produced for a course taken during the current school year. Award is sponsored by The Italian Heritage Foundation of Santa Barbara.
Eoin Goyette Katherine Swartz
The Paul N. and Elinor T. Lazarus Scholarship: Presented by Tom Lazarus
Fosters the development of a student’s focus on writing for the screen. Award was established in memory of Paul Lazarus who taught screenwriting at UCSB for over 20 years. Many of his former students have gone on to write, produce, and direct major Hollywood films and television shows. It is open to Film and Media majors in their junior year. The scholarship recipient spends their senior year working in connection with an instructor to develop a new film or television screenplay.
Emma Demorest Eoin Goyette
The Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Awards: Presented by Allison Anders
For the last 40 years, the Corwin Family and the Metropolitan Theatres Corporation have generously financed this award recognizing the creative talent of UCSB students in screenwriting and production.
Best Feature Screenplay:
Reynmar by Kaith Karishma Shenton
Second Place (tie):
Cabin Fever by Tyler Eastlick
Now Unto Us by Alexander Espinosa
Best Short Screenplay:
California Dreamin’ by Howard Lukk
Best Short Film:
Not One More produced by Lexi Lunchick
Felix’s Elixirs produced by Karina Rodriguez & Amanda Orzechowska
The Television Writing Award: Presented by Cheri Steinkellner
Recognizes promise in writing for the screen. Award is made possible by a donation from Rick Rosen (William Morris Endeavor).
Best Half-Hour Sitcom:
The Office Spec Script by Maximillian Merritt
Best Hour-Long Drama:
The Resistance by Sydney Sterling
How the Dog Dies by Daniel Kong
Best Director Award: Presented by Chris Jenkins
Recognizes directing in student projects created during the academic year. Award is made possible by a donation from the Scott Wells Memorial Foundation. Scott was a Film and Media Studies alumni who passed away in 2012.
Cameron Leingang for Not One More
Charles Stock for Felix’s Elixirs
David F. Siegel Award: Presented by Michael Siegel
Recognizes the memory of one our alumni who lost his battle with Leukemia just a month prior to graduation. As a student, David made every effort to put energy into his classes while he was healthy. His determination in the face of his illness has inspired this award and it recognizes graduating seniors in the Film and Media department who have shown “exceptional drive, tenacity, and courage in the face of adversity.”
Santiago Sanchez Christian Perez
The Spirit Award: Presented by Janet Walker
Recognizes a student who embodies the dynamic spirit essential to the collaborative environment of the department; their enthusiasm, generosity, and initiative while working for the department, the Pollock Theater, and department student clubs.
Paul DeBruynkops Fong Kuo Hunter Johnsen Mikaela Pham
Graduate Student Accomplishments: Presented by Professor Jennifer Holt
Stephen Borunda Trinankur Banerjee
Naomi DeCelles Lisa Han
Distinction in Critical Studies: Presented by Constance Penley
Recognizes a student’s achievement in critical thinking, analysis and writing.
Laeticia Janelle Bettinger Jennifer Fallejo Katherine Fukuda
Molly Galliher Kai Glick Ian Hamilton
Emma Johnson Marcus Pipitone Frederico Lynch Ribeiro
Mitchka Saberi Julia Schmidt
Outstanding Graduating Seniors: Presented by Michael Curtin
Recognizes students overall academic achievements across critical studies and production as well as their contributions to the life of the department. We acknowledge students who are active, prepared, versatile, and involved in at least one other activity outside the classroom.
Maddie Burke Catalina Fernandez Michael Hall
Cameron Leingang Carlos Luna Victoria McLaughlin
Vincenzo Muia Mikaela Pham Joey Szalkiewicz
Komal Surani Calvin Thrift
Class of 2020: presented by Cynthia Felando, Ross Melnick, and Alenda Chang
2019-2020 Film & Media Studies Seniors
Ernesto Acevedo Trevor Akana Keana Alden Esteban Alvarado Harout Avakeretsyan Rachelle Barone Adam Barrios Jailene Bautista Aaron Berkness Josh Bevan Laeticia Janelle Bettinger Grant Bianchi Daryl Boman Emma Bridgland Nashelle Brown Natalia Bruening Calvin Bruhns Maddie Burke Jalia Carlton-Carew Yehna Cha Teren’e Chambers Gavin Chan Jason Chen Katy Choi Siu Chong Dustin Culp Aylin Curtis Griffin Davies Drew Davis Ashley De Leon Paul DeBruynkops Victor Diaz Lafferty Kayla Duffey Luke Dustin Daniel Dyer-Diaz Milla Dzakovic Mike Escobar Alex Espinosa Jennifer Fallejo Jesse Feinstein Reed Felder Catalina Fernandez Kira Finigan Sean Fisher Jason Floyer Miles Forrest Dag Forsberg Alexa Fortier Hannah Friend Sylvia Friend Arturo Fuentes Cole Fuetsch Katherine Fukuda Molly Galliher Willem Geier Edwin Giron-Montenegro Kai Glick Lizzet Gutierrez Michael Hall Ian Hamilton Hannah Hernandez Angelina Herrera Aviel Hod Kelly Holt Shannon Holt Laura Hong Kyrie Howard Sixian Hu McKinley Hutchings Eve Jablonkay Hugo Jimenez Gonzalez Evan Joffe Hunter Johnsen Emma Johnson Sammy Johnson Janelle Jordan Amalie Jorgensen Brian Ka Maggie Kelley Davis Kelly Samuel Kempfer Ashley Kim Daniel Kong Fong Kuo Alex Lebowitz Walker Lee Cameron Leingang Zizheng Liu Weston Lombardo Ashley Lopez Francisco Lopez Gabriel Lopez Tori Lopez Carlos Luna Lexi Lunchick Frederico Lynch Ribeiro Yasmine Malas McKenzie Majerle Kayley Mauldin Sam McEntee Grant McGee Victoria McLaughlin Gregory Mears Ruoyao Meng Maximilian Merritt Omar Miranda Valerie Montes Eliza Moody Vincenzo Muia Jacob Muniz Meagan Murdoch Claudia Nader Tyler Newton Sarah Nunn Chris Perez Sarai Perez Laura Perez-Landin Mikaela Pham Gabrielle Pino Marcus Pipitone Hunter Pittman Vladen Ponomar Mikhail Prokhorov Dylan Qualin Malcolm Rashid Jimmy Reynolds Marke Riodil Jonatan Robles Jazmin Rosario Mitchka Saberi Vince Sackey Gabriela Salazar Nikki Sami Santiago Sanchez Ethan Schaffer Julia Schmidt Emily Schwab Zijin Shao Kaith Karishma Shenton Isabelle Shepard Linfan Shi Jinghang Shu Kara Sica Roberto Solano Blake Spiller Amara Stinson Charles Stock Komal Surani Joey Szalkiewicz Junle Tang Zhichao Tang Alyse Tatevosian Calvin Thrift Chase Tobe Daylon Townes Steven Waltermire Ze Wang Sam Warren Ryan Watt West Weir Nicky Weniz Ryan Wilford Jakob Wolken Skyler Wu Xinyi Wu Zachary Ye Justin You Katelyn Zamudio