Professor Rachel Lyon (left) with Ryan Scholl and Vanessa Barfield.
In an awards program where winners include A&E, The History Channel, DreamWorks and the Discovery Channel, Reinhardt College can now be included. Five Reinhardt Communication Arts students have been awarded as finalists in the Telly Award national competition.
"This was a tough film to make. At times the story seemed too hard to tell, but with guidance from Professor Lyon, I found my way through the maze," said Scholl, a graduating senior.
Reinhardt graduate Lisa Musgrove and her team including Jenny Lamb, Heather Byers, and Vanessa Barfield were recognized for their short documentary, "All Dolled Up", a look inside the world of child beauty pageants and how it affects both the children and the parents who participated. Musgrove said they chose the topic because "we wanted to get into their heads and see why they chose this lifestyle for themselves and their kids. We went in with an open mind and listened to what these people had to say."
The crew was allowed tremendous access, "We were allowed backstage with the parents, inside the dressing rooms where the children were getting their hair and makeup done, and we put microphones on the parents and kids during the pageants to catch their reactions," Musgrove said.
Since graduating from Reinhardt, Musgrove has stayed in her hometown of Canton, and she currently works as the Public Information Officer for Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services.
"I am so glad I got the opportunity to make this documentary, and that myself and my group were honored with an award for a project that we are so proud of," Musgrove said.
Both projects were done as part of classes taught by Reinhardt's Director of Media Arts Rachel Lyon, who counts her Telly Awards along with her Emmy and international festival awards.
"As a teacher, it is extremely gratifying for my students to compete with 11,000 other people and win among a such a strong group of such excellent filmmakers, college students, as well as professional companies. It gives them a truly professional achievement for their resume," said Lyon. "Most of all, these awards show that these students have really succeeded in getting their message across to others."
The Telly Awards was founded in 1980, to showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable commercials. The competition was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions.
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