Edited by Keith Boynton, and Chris Jenkins, graphics Dana Welch
Special Thanks to Acting Dean Mary Hancock, Tom Lazarus and Michael Siegel
Graduation Recognition Ceremony
June 13, 2021
Wishing You Success in the Future
Peter Bloom Department Chair
Mary Hancock Acting Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, Director of Curricular Initiatives
Film & Media Studies Senior Projects and Memory Highlights
Compiled by Keith Boynton and Chris Jenkins
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.
“Herring Hitler: Irreverence as a Rejection of Fascist Performativity in To Be or Not To Be” by Eoin Goyette
“Behind Closed Doors: Early Cine-Feminism and Experimental Filmmaking of the Sixties & Seventies” by Ana Chavez
Senior Honors Project: Presented by Alenda Chang
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.
Distinction in the Major: Presented by Alenda Chang
Given to a student completing a substantial two-quarter research project.
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 funded this award recognizing the creative talent of UCSB students in screenwriting and production.
Best Feature Screenplay presented by James McNamara:
Wine and Music in the Parish by Eoin Goyette
Best Short Screenplay presented by Wendy Jackson:
Fatherhood by Javier Barraja
Best Short Video presented by Chris Jenkins:
Drop in Sand produced by Erika Egg & Marcello Frisina
Unfiltered produced by Hollie Collins
The Television Writing Award: Presented by Cristina Venegas
Recognizes promise in writing for the screen. Award is made possible by a donation from Rick Rosen (William Morris Endeavor).
Best Half-Hour Sitcom:
A Short Film: Crew Call by Michael Tran
Best Hour-Long Drama:
Sapho by Sydney Sterling
Silver Wings by Mariah Hudnut
Best Director Award: Presented by Rachel Gray
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.
Jon Lewis for Waiting on Host
David F. Siegel Award: Presented by Michael Siegel
Recognizes the memory of one of 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.”
The Spirit Award: Presented by Joe Palladino & Peter Bloom
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.
Jake Ortega Christine Mouton
Distinction in Critical Studies: Presented by Janet Walker
Recognizes a student’s achievement in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.
Charmaine Stansall Nick Johnson Elizabeth Cook Harper Lambert Christine Mouton Howard Lukk Sydney Sterling
Outstanding Graduating Seniors: Presented by Michael Curtin
Recognizes student’s 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.
Quinton Brown Ana Chavez Alyssa Fine Eoin Goyette Dan Gunko Jake Ortega Sonya Sherman Chris Silver Elli Williams
Class of 2021: presented by Cynthia Felando, Ross Melnick, and Alenda Chang
2020-2021 Film & Media Studies Seniors
Daniel Acuesta Jonathan Aguilar Yutaka Akiyama Leah Akomolafe Margo Akopov Alex Hamilton Alvarez Giselle Arroyo Cole Atkinson Javier Avalos Samantha Bakke Nalie Borihane Sierra Brannen Quinton Brown Karen Buck Dan Campanaro Justin Cardenas Audrey Carganilla Ana Chavez Mengxiao Chen Tiffany Chen Robin Clayton Talavan Cohen Ryan Connolly Elizabeth Cook Jessica Cortez Garcia Hannah Dayton Emma Demorest Rachel Deng Kyle Dent Shianne Dingeman Luka Dragoyevich Leilani Durden Tyler Eastlick Alyssa Fine Kira Finigan Angela Friedman Nicholas Gamber Isaac Garcia Joshua Garnica Takai Gillam Jorge Gonzalez-Espinoza Eoin Goyette Rachael Grand Dan Gunko Jason Gutierrez Luke Hamann Ryan Harriman Nichole Hatcher Jackie Hauser Saige Heitman Alondra Hernandez Carmona Bailee Galvan Hobbs Kelly Holt Charli Hurley Mana Inoue Jazmin Jacob Selene Jalalianfard Yoo Jeong Kobie Jimenez Caryn Johnson Marina Jones Kirill Kaptur James Karanu Harvest Keeney Andrew Kenny Nidhi Khanolkar Hyun Kim Willy Kim Yuta Kimura Jennifer King Harper Lambert Cristina Larios Soria Shelby Lawrence Gerald Lawson Jie Li Tianjiao Li Xueni Liao Charles Liu Joseph Loneman Jose Salomon Lopez Charles Lu Howard Lukk Lola Macaulay Hannah Maerowitz Jeremy Mao Aidan Mastrogiorgio Matthew Mcpherson Theo Witteveen Karina Morales Christine Mouton Kassandra Ni Jake Ortega Madison Ortiz Ali Paolino-Du Bois Roxanne Pereira Cole Person Hayley Pickard Mia Pimentel Hunter Pittman Dustin Pitzer Sam Platt Jake Potts Michelle Qi Si Qin Ayline Rebollo Michael Reehl Kylie Relph Marke Riodil Max Rothfeld Dylan Ruebenstahl Logan Ruybalid Shorya Saklani Zach Savage Jeffrey Seeburger Hanna Sheehan Sonya Sherman Jake Shore Chris Silver Alexander Sintic Finnegan Smith Rachel Smith Dan Soroka Viviana Soto Charmaine Stansall Sydney Sterling Rosabel Su Evan Sutherland Derren Taylor Harry Topper Magan Tran Kamryn Tung Argun Turkun Mariemma Uguccioni Sabrina Vasich Jared Vilaseca Zach Villaruel Angelique Wagner Reece Weinberg Elli Williams Andrew Worstell Siyuan Xia Cage Yamamuro Zhenan Yan Chenyu Yang Annie Zabilski Tianyang Zhang Justin Zuniga