BYU-I students win 55th annual regional Emmy awards


Two groups of Brigham Young University – Idaho students received regional Emmy awards this past weekend for their submissions to The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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The 2018 Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony took place June 9 in Seattle, Washington, giving recognition to broadcast excellence in Idaho, Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Washington state.

Escape from Bara Magna

Short-Form Fiction — First-Place Winner

“Injured, dehydrated, and caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, a lone smuggler must use his ingenuity to find a way off the barren wasteland Bara Magna,” says director and actor Jesse Garrard about the film.

Shot on location at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes, escape from Bara Magna was created by Jesse Garrard, Joseph Kitchens, David Avery Grasse, Scott Villanueva, Jacob Scott Villanueva, Gabe Alexander, and Crew Johnston.

My Starving Mind

Short-Form Non-Fiction — First-Place Winner

“I created a poetic documentary to illustrate the emotional effects that eating disorders have on those who suffer from them. I interviewed several people who shared their stories with me — the dialogue you hear in the film are the exact words from them, unaltered. This is my interpretation, as I have never personally had an eating disorder,” says director Makenzie Bush about the film.

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My Starving Mind production team consists of Makenzie Bush, Avery Grasse, Casia LaCroix, EvaLyn Houston, Gabe Alexander, Brenton Stumpf, Leah Bush, Janie Dickson, Sarah Haydock, Emma Morgan, Sarah Bowman and Camille Smith

More about the awards, including video of the ceremony and acceptance speeches, can be found on the NATAS website.


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