Cameron University student documentary wins award at Trail Dance Film Festival

"Ya'll Watch This: Red River Indies," a documentary film produced by Cameron University students during the Summer 2008 semester, was recognized with a Golden Drover Award at the Third Annual Trail Dance Film Festival last weekend. The film, which examines the independent film industry in Oklahoma and Texas, was honored as Best Short Documentary at the Duncan event. The award was accepted by CU student Jenyann Roig and former student Gilley Aguilar on behalf of all the students who worked on the production.

"I'm so proud of the students who produced this documentary," says Dr. Matt Jenkins, CU Professor of Communications. "Producing a film in the short span of eight weeks is a tremendous team effort. Creativity, dedication and passion are the elements that united this class and which resulted in a great film. I'm thrilled that the Trail Dance judges awarded the production team with a Golden Drover."

The class "Producing the Documentary" was launched by Jenkins in 1999. Past documentaries include "Riddles and Rowell: Two Visions of Native American Art," "Mattie Beale: The Quiet Hero," "Medicine Park: Jewel of the Southwest," "A Historical Moment Captured in Bronze," "Lawton, Ft. Sill: The Biggest Small Town," "PupFest," "Saddle Up: The Howard Council Saddle," "Un-Break-A-Bull" and "North of Austin, West of Nashville: Red Dirt Music."

This summer, students plan to produce a documentary focusing on sprint car racing in the Midwest and Southwest.