Radio-Television-Film Alumni Nominated for Top Filmmaking Prizes


Radio-Television-Film Alumni Nominated for Top Filmmaking Prizes

Russell O. Bush and Elizabeth Chatelain receive nominations for International Documentary Awards


Two recent Radio-Television-Film graduates have been nominated for 2013 International Documentary Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards for documentary films.

Russell O. Bush, M.F.A. '12, has been nominated for Best Short Award for his film "Vultures of Tibet," and Elizabeth Chatelain, M.F.A. '13, has been nominated for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award for her film "My Sister Sarah."

Winners of the 29th Annual International Documentary Awards will be announced on Dec. 6, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America.

"Vultures of Tibet"
Director: Russell O. Bush

Producer: Elisabeth Oakham

Executive Producer: Gary Newsom



"Vultures of Tibet" explores the recent commercialization of a sacred Tibetan funeral tradition known as Sky Burial. Filmed in August 2011 during escalating regional tensions, the film reveals the current state of Sky Burial as an anecdote of the larger ideological issues in Tibet today.

"My Sister Sarah"
Director/Producer: Elizabeth Chatelain

MY SISTER, SARAH Trailer from Elizabeth Chatelain on Vimeo.

Sarah is a recovering methamphetamines addict living in North Dakota. She is also the filmmaker's sister. "My Sister Sarah" is a personal look at Sarah's 15-year struggle with drug abuse and her inspiring ability to survive this addiction.

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