30th Evvys nominees prepare for primetime

by Andrew Doerfler / Beacon Staff • April 28, 2011


The school year is all but over, which means the race to assemble the EVVY Awards is heating up. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Emerson’s student awards ceremony, and the staff of hundreds promises to honor students who have produced professional-level work over the the past two semesters. The nominations were broadcast on the Emerson Channel’s Common Agenda on Tuesday evening.

While they were scheduled to be released on Monday, the nomination announcement was postponed until Tuesday evening due to the volume of submissions, according to executive producer Jared Wyso.

“We didn’t want to turn anyone down,” said the senior visual media arts major.

More than 700 examples of student film, journalism, marketing, theater, television, radio, and creative writing were received by the submissions committee, over 100 more than last year and the highest total in history.

The judges critiquing the works are industry professionals, according to the EVVY staff. Their identities have been kept under wraps since the beginning of the process.

Earlier this week, the judges were still reviewing entries submitted after the April 1 cutoff date.

“If people came to us unprompted, we extended the deadline,” he said.

In order to accommodate all 51 categories, the awards are handed out over two ceremonies. The EVVY Banquet, which takes place Saturday evening in the Bill Bordy Theater, will predominantly honor nominees in writing and multimedia productions. The winners in remaining categories will be announced May 14 at the live EVVY telecast at the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Jamie Kennedy, a visual and media arts major who completed her studies in the fall but will walk at commencement in May, said she didn’t expect an Outstanding Cinematic Achievement nomination for her film, Cinemazing, which she says she submitted on a whim.

“I was out of the honeymoon period with it,” she said. “But I thought, ‘Why not, if I put this much of myself into it?’ I was honestly surprised when it paid off.”

Jake Topkis, a junior film production major whose film, TIES, was nominated for Outstanding Single Camera Direction and Outstanding Cinematic Achievement, says he is excited to be considered among the freshest crop of Emerson artists.

“I feel really grateful to be recognized as one of the filmmakers of Emerson doing good work,” Topkis said in a phone interview. “Hopefully what comes out of this is that people who I want to see the movies get a chance to do so and everybody can be better connected.”

The first round of EVVYs will be awarded Saturday at the EVVY Awards Banquet. The official telecast will take place on May 14 at the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Reactions from a small selection of the nominees

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Nominee: Outstanding Editing for em Magazine Power Issue Spring 2011.

John Curtis, Sophomore, Visual and Media Arts.


“To be one of four is pretty cool, especially seeing that I was judged by an industry professional. I must have stuck out somehow.“




Nominee: Outstanding Blog for Remotely Interesting

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Jameson Borak, Freshman, Visual and Media Arts.

“I created the blog on a whim in January. It didn’t have a layout or anything, but I got a lot of good responses, so I expanded it... It’s definitely exciting [to be nominated].”



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Nominee: Outstanding Television News Segment for “Tommy Doyles.”

Irena Zofchak, Junior, Broadcast Journalism.

“When I found out I was nominated, a big smile came over my face! I was nominated for TV News Segment and I submitted one about a music venue. Music TV is my thing [and] my passion.”



Nominee: Outstanding Integrated Marketing Campaign for “Jetters Unite,” Jet Blue.

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John Podhor, Senior, Marketing Communication.

“It’s an honor to be nominated for an EVVY for the first time. We poured our heart and soul into this campaign and are really excited that it is receiving recognition.”