TU students win Emmy award

Filmmakers to be recognized at June 14 award ceremony

TOWSON, Md. (May 30, 2008)—Velocipede, a film produced by Towson University Electronic Media and Film (EMF) students received the Outstanding Achievement for a Student Production Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter (NATAS). The three students, who graduated last week, are Justin Kanner, co-producer, co-director, cinematographer and editor, Jeffrey O'Dell, co-producer and co-director, and Jason Stefaniak, camera and producer. Each student will receive an Emmy Production Certificate and the students and their professor, Gordon Glover, will be recognized at the academy's Emmy Award ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C., on June 14 at 6 p.m.

The students worked on the documentary Velocipede about Baltimore's Velocipede Bike Project, which is a collectively run non-profit dedicated to helping people use bicycles as transportation. The project collects donated, second-hand and landfill-bound bikes, and uses them to teach people how to repair and build their own bicycles. Velocipede staff members also provide affordable and safe refurbished bicycles and bicycle parts. Through their programming, they seek to provide transportation to people of low and moderate incomes, encourage healthy lifestyles, reduce the waste flow into our landfills, and decrease dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels.

The Velocipede Bike Project operates through the volunteer time and contributions of people of many ages and backgrounds from across Baltimore. Through recycling, education and using the love of the bicycle as a tool to build community, they are working together to build a healthier urban environment.

Additional information is available at The students' documentary works at extending the mission of Velocipede, touching on issues of environmentalism, recycling, consumerism, community, pollution, responsibility, waste, urban planning, class, race and stewardship.

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a nonprofit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. television community. The Academy's Emmy Award is the industry benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

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