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Friday, November 30, 2012

Giving Men an admission advantage in college?


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Women now outnumber men on college campuses. Women earn about 60% of all undergraduate degrees. More women graduate form med school than men. Law degrees women have overtaken men.

Will some key colleges soon become so women dominated that men become a discriminated against minority in admissions and in other key categories. Could Title 9 actually defend men and admission of men as a minority?

Some studies indicate boys perform at a lower level when overwhelmingly outnumbered by women, and therefore have less of a potential in a female dominated classroom or at a female dominated school.

Is the increase in women graduating be lowering the pay earned with bachelors, masters, or post graduate degrees?  Pay scales have gone down in fields as women move into domination into each field, as seen in any commission job area, in some key management areas and in many other fields. Area of some professions where men who work with pencils and staplers and office supplies have gone down in overall pay as women enter the job market and compete for those positions.

Is there a way to achieve gender equality without reverse gender discrimination or without lowering the water level for everyone?


What are your ideas and thoughts?

First published 11/11/2009

Way to go!!! Dr. Lynch...


Congratulations, Dr. Lynch!!  What a huge accomplishment!!  Way to go!!!

Best,

James McCoy

James McCoy
Associate Vice President, Academic Success
College of Southern Nevada
702-651-5058

Angela Holland reference



To Whom It May Concern:

This letter of recommendation is for Mr. Art Lynch.  I have worked with Mr. Lynch over the past three years in the capacity of supervisor; he is a part-time faculty member for me in the Department of Communication, at The College of Southern Nevada.

Mr. Lynch has been with CSN for many years.  In that time, he has taught a great number of course sections for us, primarily the Communication 101 (Oral Communication) course, but he has also taught the Communication 102 (Interpersonal Communication course, and also has experience teaching in the journalism/broadcasting field as well. 

In his many years of teaching for us at CSN, Mr. Lynch has shown to be flexible in his ability to work within our schedule, and has nearly always taught a full-time schedule.  He shows a desire to teach and a love of communication in all forms, as can be illustrated in his many experiences across his career; from teaching, to acting, to broadcasting, to publishing.

Beyond his employment, Mr. Lynch has shown a high level of professional development.  He attends workshops through the Center for Academic & Professional Excellence (CAPE), which has included learning to use the WebCT course management system, and others.  He additionally has taken it upon himself to work on a PhD in his free time (of which I’m sure he has very little; he is always busy). 
In sum, Mr. Lynch has shown his interest and determination in communication studies, in acting, in broadcasting, and in his educational pursuits.  Please feel free to contact me for further insights into his work with us at CSN.
Sincerely,
------------------------------------------------------------
Angela M. Holland
Professor & Lead Faculty
Department of Communication
College of Southern Nevada
6375 West Charleston Blvd. C269N (W2C)
Las Vegas, NV 89146
angela.holland@csn.edu
702.651.5983 office
702.651.5738 fax

Dr. Lynch

It is official, I am now 
Dr. Art Lynch, PhD in Education.

I have the approval of the dean, the committee and the handshake from the chair.

Paperwork may take a while.

Wanted you to know.

-Art Lynch

Extemp, Eye Contact, Q&A tips, Truth, Ethics, Bias, Sources and more

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I.      Extemporaneous Speaking
    1. Method to be used in this course for all but the “impromptu” speech
    2. “Without notes” *but some are usually allowed
    3. A carefully prepared and rehearsed speech that is presented from a brief set of notes.
    4. Conversational Quality
a.             Presenting a speech so it sounds spontaneous, no matter how many times it has been rehearsed or presented.
    1. Is responsive to direct audience feedback
    2. Is responsive to changes in environment, technical changes and other unforeseen or observed on the spot events and influences
    3. Can be adapted to situations, while still following a basic structure and making key reorganized points
    4. Adaptable to a wide range of situations and circumstances
    5. Should sound spontaneous
    6. Not memorized, read, or made up on the spot (exceptions for short periods)
    7. Prepared ahead of time
    8. Greater structure and control than Impromptu
    9. Greater flexibility than Manuscript
    10. Do no appear to use notes (some possible)
    11. Can mean “without notes”

II.    Eye Contact
1.     Eye Contact is direct visual contact with the eyes of another person
2.     Should be
a.     Direct- looking into the eyes of intervals in the audience
b.     Deliberate-
c.     Distributed- cover the overall area of the audience, if not every individual
d.     Sustained- at least a half second (2 or 3 suggested) at a time
e.     80% or more of the time
f.      Appropriate and contextual
3.     Strong non-verbal communication
4.     “The Windows of the Soul” principle
a.     Audiences look into a speaker’s eyes for clues about the speaker’s truthfulness, intelligence, confidence, feelings and ethos
b.     Attitude is often communicated by the eyes
c.     Differing cultures look for differing clues, so a knowledge of the culture of those being addressed is important for proper interpretation and protocol
5.     Rules vary by culture, protocol, situation
6.     Not just looking at audience, but how you look at them
7.     Eye Contacts helps
a.     Capture and maintain an audience’s attention
b.     Establish speaker credibility / ethos
c.     Allows speakers to see and respond to feedback

  1. Audience Q&A
    1. Be prepared for Q&A in every speech
    2. Listen in lecture
    3. For classroom, avoid being overly formal
    4. Contextual in nature
                                               i.     Can cause major problems based on your profile
                                             ii.     Should sound honest, sincere and open
                                            iii.     Major test of your ethos
                                            iv.     Relax, tension can be seen by audience and taken as insecurity
    1. Remain in control, as the speaker, do not give up control of conversation or situation
    2. Prepare answers to anticipated or possible questions
    3. Write down possible questions and answers
    4. Practice delivering the answers
    5. Be flexible
    6. Be honest
    7. “To the best o my understanding”, “I am not sure of the answer’, ‘From what I have learned” or simply ‘I will look into that and let you know” are acceptable
    8. The more you do no know upon questions, the lower your ethos, so do not be shy about answers, just honest.
    9. Managing the Q&A is an important skill
                                               i.     Do not invite questions during a speech, it will throw you off
                                             ii.     Do not invite questions unless the event requires it
                                            iii.     Keep a positive attitude
                                            iv.     You can use Q&A to clarify questions and reengage the audience
                                              v.     If hostility occurs, respond open and honestly but never confront, be defensive or argumentative
                                            vi.     Realize others have their views and ask that they respect yours
                                           vii.     Do not get into an argument or fight, simply acknowledge a difference of opinion or feelings.
    1. Listening skills are essential for good Q&A, by speaker as well as the audience
    2. Answers should be directed to the entire audience and no just the questioner.
    3. Questions should be answered honestly, openly, straightforwardly and in as short a manner as possible (without being abrupt)
    4. Keep it on track
                                               i.     Best to have one question and one follow-up from any single questioner
                                             ii.     Best to keep track or question times, and answer times
                                            iii.     Do not get argumentative and avoid being drawn into an argument
                                            iv.     When time is running out announce only one or two more questions and then stick to that decision.


  1. Truth and Ethics
    1. Ethics-
                                               i.     The study of human moral conduct
                                             ii.     Right and wrong in human interaction
    1. Absolute Truth- Platonic Truth
Complete and unqualified, truth is objective and without exception. Not open to discussion or interpretation. Black and white. Clear and final.
    1. Sophists- Philosophers based loosely on Socrates but who took it to negative lengths by tailoring truth to the audience, patrons, public, paying customers, Many politicians may be Sophists…
    2. Relative Truth- Truth is subjective, open to interpretation
    3. Aristotelian Truth- Relative Truth, varies by situation and environment, comparative, qualified, open to discussion, not the same for everyone.
    4. Dogmatism- Rigidity of Belief. Immovable. Not open to discussion. Religious beliefs are a good and strong example, however Dogmatism is not limited to religion…
    5. Narrative Paradigm- Walter Fisher theory for evaluating stories.
                                               i.     Narrative Coherence- do stories make sense, do characters act consistently
                                             ii.     Narrative Fidelity- do stories “ring true”, hit a responsive cord, do we identify
  1. Bias
    1. Bias – the tendency to feel one way or another about anything. Bias changes. May be positive or negative, or neutral in nature. Is a natural state of being and impossible to avoid, but it can be minimized.
                                               i.     Prejudice –
1.     a subset of prejudice
2.     a strong culturally entrenched bias,
3.     very difficult to change
4.     may be positive or negative
                                             ii.     Stereotype –
1.     communication shorthand that utilizes bias, often reinforced by
                                                Media, community, others

VI.  Ethnocentrism- the belief that your cultures, beliefs, ways of doing things are somehow superior to everyone else’s. Does not mean theirs are wrong or have no value, only that yours are better, superior and should supercede all others, Example: US version of Democracy, tolerance in religious beliefs, consumer based society, we are better. We have the best. We are the best. Our way is the right way.

VII.                 Academic Sources –
A.   Scholarly (another way of putting it)
B.    Juried
C.   University Press
D.   Academic Journals
E.    New York Times, Wall Street Journal
F.    Primary – an expert in field or someone who has expertise and experience
G.   Or material written historically recording events, feelings or trends
H.   Or raw statistics gathered in an acceptable academic methodical manner

VIII.                Demographics- anything you can put a number to. Identifies tendencies, trends,
 attitudes, make-up of a group, individual, audience, market or society.
A. Age- chronological actual age
B. Gender- Male and female tendencies or psychological (Sex is physiological)
C. Psychographics
Psychographics- anything else you can put a number to. Group affiliation, income, household income, education level, people in household, visits to fast food, own a car, own a computer, ethnic affiliation, racial identification, church attended and how often, religious affiliation, and so on…Psychographics are usually self identified, meaning they represent what the individuals feels or who they think they are, and therefore reflect their mind more than economic or physical reality. It is the mind that has the strongest impact on who we are and how we think.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Old West: One in Four Cowboys were African Americans



“Goodbye Ol’ Paint”, the classic Cowboy song, as composed 
and performed by an African American Cowboy, along on a 
cattle drive because he was “a good cowhand and a great singer.” 
The social and interpersonal aspect of life on a cow drive were 
often more important than how well you handled 
a horse or your skills with the cows or a gun.
 
One in four cowboys on cow drives were African Americans. 

Source top photo: Black cowboy and horse [between 1890 and 1920?] 
Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library. [Call Number: X-21563].
Source bottom Bunch of genuine old time cowboys and bronco busters at Denver, Colorado. Solomon D. Butcher. 1905. 
Nebraska State Historical Society. [Digital ID: nbhips 12615]


First Posted 11-5-10

Wednesday, November 28, 2012




Wish me luck, pray for me and understand that I need to focus on that and the courses I teach in person until then. 

Stress level is at an all time high (see other posting about my Aunt), so bear with me in other ways as well.

While there will be some posts made, my usual passion for passing on information, auditions and news will return next week...

There are links to media and other sources in the right hand column of this blog...

-Art Lynch

Communication Contexts (Types of Communication)


(click for source link) Communication Contexts

Communication Contexts 
Oftentimes, we identify what something is by identifying what it is not, in order to understand how we are referring to public speaking in this text, we need to understand how public speaking differs from other contexts in which communication operates. In the following section, we will describe the communication contexts, which are the environment and circumstances between the participants that are communicating. I’ll use the example of Tom to explain each context.

Link to home web site for ACA Open Knowledge Online Project, click here.
The first is intrapersonal communication. Intrapersonal communication is communication in which there is one person. Tom may notice that the local community Arts Center is falling into a state of disrepair. As a musician, Tom may think to himself that the Arts Center is vital to the well-being of the community and seeing the poor shape of the building, Tom may think about taking up the issue in front of the city council.
Tom may think to himself about the issue and when he mentions it to his roommate, Steve, there is interpersonal communication, which is communication between two people. Intrapersonal and interpersonal communication look alike, but they are very different in that one is self-addresses (intra) whereas the other in between two people (inter). Many scholars recognize that communication begins with two people, which is called a dyad, and not with one person, which is seen as an interest to psychology and not to communication. Others believe that Tom can debate whether or not to support the Arts Center by himself and consider this important for communication studies. That is, the debate is within one person but between two positions.
Now let’s say Tom and Steve both believe that the Arts Center is a really great idea, but they don’t have enough time between the two of them. They may enlist some other friends—Kevin, Brahm, Meredith, and Cara. When they all sit down and discuss the Arts Center they are engaging in small-group communication. In small group communication there is at least three individuals and can range up to twelve. While there is at least three, any less would be a dyad, the maximum number is defined by the ability of all those involved to contribute regularly to the discussion. Turning to a different example will be helpful. In court proceedings there are normally twelve members to a jury. If there were anymore, it would be questionable if everyone could participate. Now, you might be asking, “Wouldn’t it be easier just to have two people? Maybe. But groups are usually task based whereas dyads are relationally based (e.g., platonic/romantic). The more members of a group there are, the more ideas and different perspectives can be explored—it’s the Marketplace of Ideas in action. Nevertheless, there can be groups such as Tom and his friends that exist for different purposes such as friendship and inclusion.
Tom and all his friends all like the idea of rebuilding the Arts Center, but he has to go to work at the music store downtown. Tom goes off to work and talks to his coworkers and his manager about starting a petition about the Arts Center. Tom was so excited, he even wanted to tell the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, but Tom cannot. The business that he works at is very large and the organization’s home office is on the other side of the country. Tom cannot just go into the CEO’s office and talk about a local Arts Center. The CEO is too busy making decisions and sitting in conferences, which can be a type of small group. Tom can, however, tell his supervisor directly over him who can then tell the area manager, who can in turn tell the district manager and eventually the message, if it’s important enough, can get to the CEO. Odds are the national CEO would not need to approve Tom’s use of the store to get people to sign a petition. That decision may be made by the local or regional manager. That is, the message would not get very high in the chain of command. On the other hand, the CEO can send messages down through the chain of command. For example, if the CEO of a company wants to implement a change in the way the records are displayed, then that message would be handed down through high-level managers to low-level managers until the message was received by the workers who would be affected by the change. This context in which messages go up and down hierarchies is called organizational communication.

Now let’s say for a moment that Tom and his friends were highly successful in the efforts to rebuild the Arts Center and decide to operate their own organization to build art centers throughout the world. They visit other cultures and do research, they will find four major dichotomies: individual and collective; high and low context, high and low power distance; and feminine and masculine, which are the basic concepts of intercultural communication, which is communication between (inter) cultures. Individual oriented cultures focus on the individual whereas a collective culture focuses on the community’s interests. In high context cultures, meaning is in the setting and therefore meaning is communicated implicitly whereas in low context cultures, the emphasis is on the spoken word and meaning is explicit. High and low power distance differ in that the[pg] former values such things as birth order and occupation and in low power distance cultures, everyone is considered equal. Lastly, is feminine and masculine, which is different from woman and man. Feminine traits generally focus on nurturing whereas masculine traits refer to assertiveness and competitiveness. Importantly, a man can be nurturing just as a woman can be assertive.

But if Tom and his friends all just focus on their local Arts Center, they may go to the library and uncover information about the city’s budget and the value or art to a community. He then arranges the information so that the speech flows nicely. Next, he memorizes the speech although he doesn’t need to memorize the speech word-for-word. He might compose some stylistic elements of the speech, which he memorizes exactly but may not memorize other lesser elements. Finally, he practices his delivery to get the most out if it. These are the elements in the context of public speaking. The rest of this book explains this context in great detail.


(click for the book source link) Communication Contexts

But let’s say Tom gives his speech outside the Arts Center, but many people were not around to hear it. He decides that he will send a press release to the local television and radio outlets that announce the date and time of his next speech. This causes the outlets to come and record the speech and broadcast it. Tom is now in the mass-mediated context. The difference between the Tom’s public speaking and the broadcast of Tom speaking is very important. In the public speaking context, Tom can see his audience. In the mass-mediated context, Tom cannot see his audience. The difference is slim but substantial. When Tom can see the audience, he can change his speaking style to reflect the audience. If the crowd is complacent, he can energize them; if they are cheering, he can become louder or wait until they are done. If he does not know the reactions of his audience, then he cannot do this. Watching great speakers like Martin Luther King Jr. speak show how reacting to the audience can do wonders for a speech.
The last context is the computer-mediated context. As its name suggests it is communication mediated through computer technology especially through the use of the Internet. Some people may record Tom’s speech with their digital cameras and place it online. Whereas mass-mediated communication only broadcast Tom’s speech to the local community, the computer-mediated context allows anyone with an Internet connection to view the speech. Thus, one of the major differences between mass communication and computer communication is the latter’s ability to transcend geographic limitations. That is, with computer-mediated communication, people in India, Luxemburg, or Samoa can view Tom’s speech. Not only can they view the speech but they can also offer comments and make their own videos responding to Tom’s.
Some may argue that mass communication can transcend geographical boundaries too. While they can to a certain degree, computer-mediated communication is far superior. You local television affiliate broadcasts news to your local community, the national news networks broadcast to the country. Some of these national networks are picked up around the world—just like Americans can watch the British news from the BBC on public television. These are examples of mass-communication transcending boundaries, but do you ever see local British news aired in America? Have you ever seen the local news from a town in any country in Africa? China? Russia? Probably not. Have you ever watched videos on YouTube.com from Africa, China, or Russia? Odds are you have. And these videos do carry the extremely local news—the events at school or in the neighborhood— and these events that the local news wouldn’t broadcast to the area can be posted for the entire world to watch.

From: 

Public Speaking Online Guide

Principles of Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication connects us to others.

Interpersonal Communication is transactional

Interpersonal Communication is irreversible.

Interpersonal Communication is complicated.

Interpersonal Communication is governed by rules.

Interpersonal Communication involves content and relationships.






Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Academic Source Credibility


Academic Sources, Internet
Capella University
Professor Bernard Klein

Here are some additional writing and citing tips. Are Internet references appropriate for academic writing? They can be. For example, an online refereed journal whose editor is an established authority in his or her field is as valid as the same material would be in print. Government sites with statistical information are generally fine. These are some examples of acceptable types of sources. However, if you wouldn't attach credibility to some material in print, don't accept it from a web page. If the authorship is unclear, if the writing is of poor quality, if there is no way to judge the qualifications of the author, then ask yourself if you want to use the material. If the site looks like it was put together by a crackpot, it probably was. What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? A primary source is one from which you are citing the author's words directly. A secondary source is one in which someone else is citing the author, and you are telling what the someone else is saying. Primary sources make better citations than secondary sources do. That's because with secondary sources you're relying on someone else to tell you what was said, and it may or may not be accurate. What sorts of resources are appropriate for scholarly writing? Generally, resources that are written by academics and appear in books or refereed journals (that is, those journals with editorial boards that review submissions for scholarly rigor) are what you want to shoot for. Woman’s Day and Farm Journal do not generally meet this standard. Commercial web sites generally don’t either. Web sites put up by someone’s kid brother are usually below par.

For Academic Source Requirements for COM 101 to to: 
http://art-lynch.blogspot.com/2010/03/academic-sources.html

Spririt Award Nominations Named


"Silver Linings Playbook"
Bradley Cooper, writer-director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence earned Spirit Award nominations for "Silver Linings Playbook." (Weinstein Co.)


Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning.
David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starringBradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay.
It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
Rounding out the best feature nominees are "Keep the Lights On," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Bernie."
Joining Russell and Anderson in the director category are Julia Lotev for "The Loneliest Planet," Ira Sachs for "Keep the Lights On" and Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
"Keep the Lights On," which has played the festival circuit, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Middle of Nowhere" garnered four nominations each.
In the female lead category, nominations went to Linda Cardellini, who launched her own awards campaign for "Return," Emayatzy Corinealdi for "Middle of Nowhere," Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," Quvenzhané Wallis for "Beasts" and Mary Elizabeth Winstead for "Smashed."
Vying for best male lead are Jack Black for "Bernie," Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," John Hawkes for "The Sessions," Thure Lindhardt for "Keep the Lights On,"Matthew McConaughey for "Killer Joe" and Wendell Piercefor "Four."
McConaughey also earned a supporting male nod for "Magic Mike." Rounding out the supporting male category are David Oyelowo for "Middle of Nowhere," Michael Peña for "End of Watch," Sam Rockwell for "Seven Psychopaths" and Bruce Wilis for "Moonrise Kingdom."
Supporting female nominations went to Rosemarie Dewitt for"Your Sister's Sister," Ann Dowd for "Compliance," Helen Hunt for "The Sessions," Brit Marling for "Sound of My Voice" and Lorraine Toussaint for "Middle of Nowhere."
The Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast,  went to Sean Baker's "Starlet."
The Spirit Awards will be handed out Feb. 23 at a daytime ceremony in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Here's the complete list from the press release:
BEST FEATURE
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Bernie"
"Keep the Lights On"
"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Julia Loktev, "The Loneliest Planet"
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Ira Sachs, "Keep the Lights On"
Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, "Moonrise Kingdom"
Martin McDonagh, "Seven Psychopaths"
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Ira Sachs, "Keep the Lights On"
FIRST FEATURE
"Fill the Void"
"Gimme the Loot"
"Sound of My Voice"
FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein, "Fill the Void"
Derek Connolly, "Safety Not Guaranteed"
Christopher Ford, "Robot & Frank"
Jonathan Lisecki, "Gayby"
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
"Breakfast With Curtis," WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Laura Colella
"Middle of Nowhere," WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ava DuVernay, PRODUCERS: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes
"Mosquita y Mari," WRITER/DIRECTOR: Aurora Guerrero, PRODUCER: Chad Burris
"Starlet," WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sean Baker, PRODUCERS: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri
"The Color Wheel," WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alex Ross Perry, WRITER: Carlen Altman
FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini, "Return"
Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Smashed"
MALE LEAD
Jack Black, "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Thure Lindhardt, "Keep the Lights On"
Matthew McConaughey, "Killer Joe"
SUPPORTING FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt, "Your Sister’s Sister"
Ann Dowd, "Compliance"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Brit Marling, "Sound of My Voice"
Lorraine Toussaint, "Middle of Nowhere"
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Yoni Brook, "Valley of Saints"
Lol Crawley, "Here"
Ben Richardson, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Roman Vasyanov, "End of Watch"
Robert Yeoman, "Moonrise Kingdom"
DOCUMENTARY
DIRECTOR: David France
PRODUCERS: David France, Howard Gertler
Marina Abramoviæ: "The Artist Is Present"
DIRECTOR: Matthew Akers
PRODUCERS: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre
The Central Park Five
DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
DIRECTOR: Kirby Dick
PRODUCERS: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering
"The Waiting Room"
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Peter Nicks
PRODUCERS: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch
INTERNATIONAL FILM
"Sister"
"War Witch"
16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources,  demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
"Nobody Walks" PRODUCER: Alicia Van Couvering
"Prince Avalanche," PRODUCER: Derrick Tseng
"Stones in the Sun," PRODUCER: Mynette Louie
 19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
"Pincus," DIRECTOR: David Fenster
"Gimme the Loot," DIRECTOR: Adam Leon
"Electrick Children," DIRECTOR: Rebecca Thomas
STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
"Leviathan", DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
"The Waiting Room," DIRECTOR: Peter Nicks
"Only the Young," DIRECTOR: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims
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