Awards and Honors
Alumnus wins Student Academy Award
By Scott Rappaport
UCSC alumnus Cary Fukunaga has been named a silver medal winner
in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 32nd annual
Student Academy Awards competition. He was honored for his film
Victoria Para Chino, a 14-minute narrative film based
on the true story of the worst single case of illegal immigrant
death in United States history.
Fukunaga graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from
UCSC in 1999 prior to attending New York University, where he
made the award-winning film.
He is one of 12 student winners from 11 different colleges
and universities who participated in a week of industry-related
activities and social events, culminating with a June 12 awards
presentation ceremony at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Cinematographers Caleb Deschanel, a five-time Oscar nominee
(The Passion of the Christ, The Patriot, Fly Away Home, The
Natural, The Right Stuff), and Karl Walter Lindenlaub (whose
credits include The Princess Diaries, The Haunting, Independence
Day, and Stargate) served as presenters at the event
where Fukunaga received a trophy and $3,000.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the academy
in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at
the college level.
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