Two UCCS productions earn Telly Awards

David Nelson and Mat Alvarado
David Nelson and Mat Alvarado

The Communication Department’s “The Bluffs” won its first silver honor and “The Investment,” a production between faculty and alumni, won the people’s award in the 39th Annual Telly Awards.

The third season of “The Bluffs” earned the silver award in the Online, General Student category, and placed ahead of entries from Emerson College, George Mason University and West Texas A&M University. The show also won a 2016 Heartland Chapter Emmy Award in its first season.

Students in the Communication Department’s digital filmmaking track and the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s music and theater programs produce the episodes. The show allows students to learn filmmaking and storytelling techniques and is set on campus and in other Colorado Springs locations. David Nelson, chair and professor of the communication department, served as executive producer.

“The Investment” won a silver People’s Telly in the non-broadcast category. Mat Alvarado, a lecturer in the communication department and 2014 graduate, directed the short film about two students who clash over a botched investment opportunity. Nelson also served as producer and the cast featured alumni of the Communication Department and VAPA theater program.

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, non-broadcast video and television programming. The awards receive more than 12,000 entries each year.

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