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Liberal Arts and Sciences creates award-winning video


December 29, 2009

"Surviving the Big Fall," a video produced by ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that encourages freshmen to seek help from an advisor, is being recognized with a prestigious CINE Gold Eagle Award. CINE is a national competition that celebrates excellence in film, video and media arts. Winners of the CINE competitions are chosen through a rigorous, tiered jury system, based on criteria reflecting storytelling, production value, artistry, purpose and overall excellence.

"Surviving the Big Fall" is about "Mike," a fictional freshman who manages to get back on track academically after working with an advisor. It combines a graphic novel look with cinematic storytelling. The video, just under five minutes in length, was written and directed by Erik Holsinger, manager of video production and multimedia marketing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Part of an undergraduate student retention marketing campaign, students had the opportunity to view the video via emails, online promotions and at ASU libraries and the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus. It also is online at http://clas.asu.edu/thebigfall.

Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been dedicated to discovering, rewarding, educating and supporting established and emerging talent in film and video. "Surviving the Big Fall" was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle in the adult education category for the fall 2009 competition, one of two competitions conducted annually by CINE.

Among great talents whose first films were awarded CINE Golden Eagles are Steven Spielberg, Ken Burns and Ron Howard, and filmmakers such as Robert Zemeckis, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Mira Nair, Charles Guggenheim, Stanley Nelson, Albert Maysles and Frederick Wiseman.