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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.

Photo of Cary Fukunaga

Cary Fukunaga

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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