CINDY Awards: International Entry Deadline

Nearly 58 years ago, OSCAR was being presented for the finest in feature films.  The EMMY Award continued to honor broadcasting program excellence.  The CINDY Award was presented for the first time to those producing informational content in 16mm film format.

When the Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards premiered in 1959, things were pretty straight forward.  But today, there are multiple delivery platforms and even more subject matter categories and applications for informational programming.  From webinars, infomercials and video games to online interactive training, commercials and phone apps, you can still find an appropriate spot at the CINDY Awards where your digital media production efforts fit right in.

If you craft words, images, sound effects and music into digital content that captures audience attention and delivers the desired outcome, there is room for your work at the CINDY Awards.  For information: on why you should participate this year and discover who has received the award in the past, click:




This month’s issue of AcademicKeys’ e-Flier for Fine Arts features 38 faculty openings, 8 senior administrative positions, and 3 post-doc opportunities and links to hundreds more positions in higher education.

This AcademicKeys e-Flier contains higher education positions in:
– Fine Arts – General
– Art History
– Art – Ceramics
– Art – Painting/Drawing
– and other related areas

Visit for more information.

Department News 9-18-17

You can already order it on Amazon but you won’t be able to get it in hardback until Feb. 1, 2018.  Darl Larsen’s most recent book, A Book about the Film Monty Python’s Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli is in press, but not quite in print.  Amazon states, “By closely examining each scene, this book explores the Pythons’ comparisons of the Roman and British Empires and of Pilate and Margaret Thatcher. In addition, Larsen helps to situate Life of Brian in the “Jesus” re-examination of the postwar period, while also taking a close look at the terror groups of first-century Judea and the modern world. A Book about the Film Monty Python’s Life of Brian will appeal to scholars of history, film, British culture, and pop culture, as well as to the many fans of this iconic group.” Darl will also be the guest of well-known interviewer Doug Fabrizio, to discuss his forthcoming book in the near future.



The Tessera, a game for the National Science Foundation on which Jeff Parkin was Co-Creative Director and Co-Writer, has been accepted into IndieCade: The International Festival of Independent Games. This year, the festival will be held Oct. 6-8, 2017, at the Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo District of Downtown Los Angeles. From IndieCade’s press release about the festival, it is “[a]pplauded as the ‘Sundance of the videogame industry,’ IndieCade supports independent game development globally through a series of international events highlighting the rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant contributions of indie game developers. IndieCade’s programs are designed to bring visibility to and facilitate the production of new works within the emerging independent game community. The IndieCade Festival is the largest gathering of independent game creators in the nation.” Media Arts alumnus Jared Cardon was the Co-Creative Director, Co-Writer and Art Director. Media Arts students Nick Ritter and Wes Bowen worked on the game extensively, and BFA Acting student Collette Astle played the role of Aida Lovelace, the first computer programmer.  The Game Trailer can be found here.  The IndieCade press release is available here.



BYU’s Divine Comedy conducted auditions for the group last week.  There were about 70 auditions over two nights.  Of these, eighteen made it to call-backs, and eight made it to the finalist audition show last Saturday night in the Tanner Building.  There were some amazing auditions, but in the end, four new Divine Comedians were chosen, from left to right below, Parker Kelly (Advertising in Communications), Julianne Cook (Graphic Design Pre-major), Becca Hurley (Economics), and Kayla Peel Yentes (Pre-Acting)Adjunct faculty member Bryson Frehner, the company manager said that, “The girls crushed it this year!  Overall, the girls were much funnier, more unique and stronger than the boys, which happens to be reflected by who made it in the group.”  Divine Comedy’s first show will be on Oct. 13 &14 in 151 Tanner Building.




Submissions Now Open: 2018 National Playwrights Conference


The deadline to be considered for Summer 2018 is October 13, 2017.

The National Playwrights Conference is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The Conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new play projects. Authors of the selected works will be awarded a residency for the month of July 2018, including an intensive rehearsal process and two staged, script-in-hand public readings. A stipend, housing, meals, and transportation are provided for each writer selected for this month-long residency.

2018 National Playwrights Conference Submission Details

  • Applicants may submit scripts through the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Early submissions are strongly encouraged
  • Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in the Conference, the work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2018
  • No agent is required
  • Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
  • The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the costs of the process

For more information, visit


Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held, by appointment only, September 18th & 19th.
These auditions will be held at Hale Studio located at 537 N. 1200 W. in Orem.
All roles, with the exception of Ebenezer Scrooge, are available.
Adults (Ages 16+) may schedule appointments for September 18th or 19th from 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Adults auditioning should prepare to sing 16 bars of a classic musical theater song.  They will also be asked to do a cold read in a standard British accent.  An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes are encouraged.
As a reminder, all auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance through our Box Office (801-226-8600).
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out the appropriate paperwork before your audition time.
Callbacks, by invitation only, are scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd (for non-choir roles) and Monday, September 25th (for choir roles).
A Christmas Carol will be directed by Jerry Elison, with music direction by Sonja Sperling and choreography by Jayne Luke.
Anyone who is unable to attend the initial audition may submit an audition form and video. Please send your video along with a headshot, resume, and your audition form to no later than September 17th to be considered for callbacks. You may download the audition form HERE.
Note: This production is not to be confused with the production of A Christmas Carol-Youth Edition. Information for the youth production is available HERE.

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Department News 9-11-17

In July, MovieMaker Magazine listed BYU Media Arts as a top film school for Outstanding Theory and Criticism Training. You can see the full article here. The college did a great article on the significance of this recognition, which can be accessed here. From the college article:

The BYU Media Arts Program was recently recognized as one of 40 top film schools in North America by MovieMaker Magazine. MovieMaker calls the BA in Media Arts Studies a top pick for the programs in North America. It also highlights BYU for its international focus and a “worldview [that] extends to its approach to film theory.” “We are pleased to have been recognized for the strengths of our film program,” said Professor Darl Larsen, an associate chair in TMA. “We offer a robust series of critical studies courses designed to complement production experiences, the goal being rounded, thoughtful, and motivated graduates who can excel in the industry and/or in academia.”


On August 30, Brad Barber launched his long-term documentary series States of America with the first 3 episodes at, Nevada, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  After that, Brad will be releasing one episode a month.  So far, 20 TMA students and recent grads have worked on the project with him, and many more will in the future as the project continues. Brad began in 2009 mostly making the films while traveling to a new state for conferences or vacations, but has gradually enlisted the collaboration of students and recent grads and received generous support from IFP (the Independent Filmmaker Project), the BYU Film Committee, the BYU Film and Digital Media Fund, and the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. Here’s a synopsis of the project:

What is it that connects us to the state we call home in the United States?  How does place affect who we are and how we identify ourselves? In an increasingly fragmented nation, where belonging and heritage are either celebrated or suspect, States of America asks these questions through the lens of 50 short, lyrical documentaries. Each features one person in every state of the Union as they explore a sense of connection to their place in America’s famously emerging identity. While the films are portraits of distinct people and landscapes across the United States, ultimately a mosaic emerges of what Americans have in common during a divisive and divided time.   Created and Produced by Brad Barber.  Made with TMA students and recent grads.

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University and College Awards: Information taken from –

Thomas B. Russell
| General Education Professorship

Russell, teaching professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts (TMA), received the General Education Professorship as recognition for his work with the “Introduction to Film” general education (GE) course. This award is given to faculty who give “outstanding contributions to undergraduate general education” and put their scholarly interests toward serving the university community. More than 350 students enroll in the Introduction to Film course taught by Russell each semester. He focuses on student learning through thought-provoking lectures and discussions that help students ponder the influence films have on their thinking and actions. Russell has also been working to make the Intro to Film course available as an online course.

Jeffrey L. Parkin
| Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship

Parkin, teaching professor in the Department of TMA, received the Randall Morgan Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes “the sacrifice and efforts by the university’s support service.” Recipients receive a “transfer of positions and budget to enhance teaching and learning,” as explained by the University Conference Committee. Parkin prepares film production students for their future vocations by engaging students in practical production work. The fellowship will continue Parkins’ effort to improve teaching and learning, especially efforts designed to achieve the Aims of a BYU Education, according to Dean Adams.

Rodger Sorensen | CFAC Excellence in Citizenship Award

Sorensen, professor in the Department of TMA, has served in several leadership roles in the university throughout his career, including service as associate dean and department chair. As associate dean, he served on several university committees and helped clarify hiring policy and implemented other instrumental changes in the college. Sorensen has a sincere desire to work together with others and recognize their gifts. As a teacher, he shows deep enthusiasm for the topics and individuals he teaches. He is a talented director and has several credits for writing, directing and acting on the stage and on the screen in academic and professional venues. Recently, Sorensen was awarded the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Gold Medallion on behalf of Region VIII, the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF.


Alumni News

  • Media arts graduate Mark Leavy (2017) will attend the University of Edinburgh for critical studies graduate work.
  • Media arts alumna Marissa (Rissa) Beatty (2015) has finished at Trinity (Dublin) and begins an MFA (Comedy Writing) at Emerson soon.
  • The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that (BYU alumna) Rebecca Thomas (2009), who was one of our guest speakers at the Spring Writers’ Conference, “has been hired to direct Amblin Entertainment’s sci-fi film Intelligent Life.” The Tracking Board says, “Thomas is clearly red hot right now due to her work on Stranger Things, as she was recently signed to helm a movie based on the James Wan graphic novel. She was also in talks to direct the John Green novel Looking for Alaska for Paramount and is attached to direct a live action remake of  Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid for Universal and Working Title Films.”  To read the complete articles, go to and


5th Contemporary Cultural Studies Conference (CCS 2017)

We invite you/your research students to submit a paper to 5th Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCS 2017) which will be held on 27th – 28th November 2017 in Singapore.

The full paper submission deadline (extended) is on 15th September 2017. If you need more time, please email

Briefly about CCS 2017:

–     Keynote Addresses:

–   Prof. Jeanette Hoorn, Professor of Visual Cultures, President Australia-Morocco Friendship Group, Faculty of Arts The University of Melbourne, Australia – Art and the Everyday: Female Painters in the age of Orientalism

–   Assoc. Prof. Margaret Chan, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University – Strategic Cultural Heritage: Discovering the cultural DNA of success

–   Assoc.Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody, Department of Gender & Cultural Studies, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia – Arts Practice as Method, Urban Spaces and Intra-Active Faiths

–     CCS 2017 Conference Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2382-5650, E-Periodical ISSN: 2382-557X will be published and submitted to indexing partner organizations.

–     Journal of Law and Social Sciences:  All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS)  – Print ISSN: 2251-2853, E-periodical: 2251-2861. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance and will be published without additional cost (digital).

–     Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

–     CCS 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

–     Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

For more information, please visit the CCS 2017 website:


Click on the video testimonials below to hear about the previous CCS conferences:

Dr. Marianne Hulsbosch
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Dr. Eitan Ginzberg
Academic College of Sapir, Israel

Should you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at .


An original script adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s story of the same name: by Ashley Magoffin and Ting Chun.

WHEN: September 14th and 15th 6-8pm, 7-9pm.


What: Please prepare a 1-minute dramatic monologue and be prepared to move.

-Callbacks will be held by invitation only on Saturday, September 16th from 7-9pm in B201, HFAC.

-The performance will be Thursday, November 9th at 1, 2, and 4pm. Excused absence forms will be provided if need be.

-If you have questions email the Director at