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Robertson School students win Best Documentary Film Award at Poe Festival

Oct 30, 2019

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Robertson School students Sean Boyce, Brian Maresco, and Kassidy Hammond won the Best Documentary Film Award at the Poe Film Festival last weekend. They produced their documentary "Stuck in Stone" in Dr. Bill Oglesby's broadcast journalism capstone class "The Documentary." 


"This achievement of our students makes all of us in the Robertson School very proud," said Interim Director Dr. Marcus Messner.

According to festival director Brian Weakland, the student documentary "wowed the audience with both its cinematography and storytelling." He said that the students "made wonderful impressions on everyone they met at the event" and credited "the Robertson School for inspiring them to put their all into the film."

"Stuck in Stone" explored the controversy on Confederate monuments. It aired as part of VCU InDepth on VPM last fall semester.

"At a time when it is difficult to talk about Confederate monuments in a thoughtful, unemotional way, Sean Keating, Kassidy McDaniel-Hammond and Brian Maresco achieved just that with representatives on both sides of the controversy with their excellent mini-documentary Stuck in Stone," said Oglesby.