“Grafiti: Los Tatuajes de Quito,” a documentary shot in Ecuador by three students from the School of Media Arts and one from the School of Journalism, won a Student Production Award at this year’s Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards Gala.
The fifteen-minute documentary, about the vibrant graffiti subculture in the city of Quito, Ecuador, the country’s capital, won first place in the Long Form Non-Fiction category. The students were honored on Saturday evening, July 25 at Keeneland Entertainment Center in Lexington, Kentucky.
The documentary was directed by Caitlin Stone, edited by Jessica DeLuca, with audio engineered by Nick Sander, all from the School of Media Arts & Studies. Katie Foglia from the School of Journalism served as producer.
This award winning production was one of four documentary projects produced during a three-week study abroad program designed and directed by Associate Professor Frederick Lewis of the School of Media Arts & Studies.
“I think we had a very unique experience in Ecuador,” said Caitlin Stone. “Our projects allowed us to really get to know people in Quito. The people that we were interviewing invited us into their homes, fed us, and were constantly trying to make sure that we really understood Ecuadorean culture. I think that if we weren’t making those connections through the documentary, it would have been a very different experience.”
Audio major Nick Sander agreed: “If you go to another country, go with purpose. Producing a documentary led me to people and places within Ecuador that I would never have gotten to experience.”
“I learned a lot about myself, my skills, working with others, and of course about documentary filmmaking,” said Katie Foglia from the School of Journalism.
You can view this award-winning documentary on Vimeo.
Photo: The four Scripps College students who won a Student Production Award at this year’s Ohio Valley Emmy Gala shown charting their course in Ecuador are, L-R: Kate Foglia, Jessica DeLuca, Nick Sander and Caitlin Stone.