U.S. finalists announced for 2012 Student Academy Awards

May 02, 2012 by Ian Evans

Thirty-five students from twenty U.S. colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.

Screenings will now be held for Academy members to view the finalists’ films and vote to select the winners with the awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, June 9th.

The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):


  • Falconer, Micah Robert Barber, University of Texas at Austin
  • In Between Shadows, Tianran Duan, University of Southern California
  • Last Remarks, Umar Riaz, New York University
  • Peace at Home, Avital Epstein, Florida State University
  • The Reality Clock, Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California
  • SiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSiSi, Juan Camilo Gonz├ílez, University of Southern California
  • Terra Cotta Warrior, Bin Li, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Us, Alex Lora, City College of New York


  • Chocolate Milk, Eliza Kinkz, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Cowboy, Clone, Dust, Matthew Christensen, New York University
  • Eyrie, David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts
  • The Jockstrap Raiders, Mark Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles
  • La Lune et le Coq, Raymond McCarthy Bergeron, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Lizard and the Ladder, Aaron Bristow, Utah Valley University
  • My Little Friend, Eric Prah, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Reviving Redwood, Matt Sullivan, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Shinobi Blues, Yue Liu, School of Visual Arts


  • Dignity Harbor: A Home Away from Homeless, Michael Gualdoni, Lindenwood University
  • Dying Green, Ellen Tripler, American University
  • Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment, Keiko Wright, New York University
  • Lost Country, Heather Burky, Art Institute of Jacksonville
  • Love Hacking, Jenni Nelson, Stanford University
  • Pot Country, Mario Furloni, University of California, Berkeley
  • Reporting on The Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust, Emily Harrold, New York University
  • Smoke Songs, Briar March, Stanford University
  • Why Am I Still Alive, Hanzhang Shen, School of Visual Arts


  • Benny, Huay-Bing Law, University of Texas at Austin
  • Contra el Mar, Richard Parkin, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Hatch, Christoph Kuschnig, Columbia University
  • Mr. Bellpond, A. Todd Smith, Brigham Young University
  • Nani, Justin Tipping, American Film Institute
  • Narcocorrido, Ryan Prows, American Film Institute
  • The Recorder Exam, Bora Kim, Columbia University
  • Requited, Madeline Puzzo, Point Park University
  • Under, Mark Raso, Columbia University