Media and culture students receive prestigious NATAS award

Title of movie, Limbo

"Limbo" receives top honors fromt the Ohio Valley National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Seven recent Miami University graduates have won Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences regional student production award for best long form fiction production.

The film, a dark comedy, tells the story of John. John’s life ends abruptly, and he finds himself in “Limbo.” With the help of a man, John finds his place in the afterlife.
“Limbo” was the senior capstone of MAC 414 during spring 2016.

The students honored with the NATAS award are:

  • Maci Alf producer, English: creative writing and mass communication double major, marketing minor from Hooven.
  • Grace Dahlman producer, media culture major, management and leadership and film studies double major from Stamford, Conn.
  • Maddie Ermlich director of photography, mass communication major from Eaton.
  • Nathan Hengstebeck director, a media and culture and film studies double major, Spanish minor from Blacklick.
  • Garth Herbert editor, media and culture major from Washington, DC.
  • David Shanks editor, media and culture and English: creative writing double major from Gahanna.
  • Megan Young assistant director, media and culture major, film studies and theater arts double minor from South Elgin, Ill.

Sam Ribbler, instructor of media and culture, and David Sholle, associate professor of media and culture, served as the group’s advisers.

NATAS is the same organization that awards the Emmy’s. The student production award will be presented next month at a ceremony in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.