We’re excited to announce that two productions created during 2016 by RCTV staff members are the recipients of Telly Awards.
The first Telly was awarded for the original teleplay, Toronto, written by Julio Cruz, Jr., edited by Rajesh Barnabas, and produced in partnership between Summer of Opportunity and RCTV, Rochester’s Community Media Center.
The purpose of producing Toronto was to have youth work on a real film and learn every aspect of a production as well as to have them be part of the film. Although the teleplay was written by Cruz, the Summer of Opportunities students contributed their ideas and thoughts, so it was an empowering opportunity in which the youths were completely immersed in the experience.
The idea behind the film was to tell a story set in Rochester, that avoided cliche, stereotypical plot lines, and exaggerated drama and characters.
Film writer Julio Cruz, Jr. is an alumni of the Summer of Opportunity Program, in which he learned the foundations of filmmaking, producing and editing.
The second recipient of the 38th Annual Telly Award is Conversations with Creatives, hosted, produced and edited by Carol White Llewellyn, in association with RCTV. Conversations with Creatives has won a Telly Award for each of the three seasons it has been produced.
Conversations with Creatives is primarily a talk show format, focused on the Arts, where Ms. White Llewellyn celebrates artists and creative individuals, and explores their work, their careers and their artistic philosophies. Since its inception, many of the episodes have shed a spotlight on the role art and artists play in addressing social issues that have ranged from bullying and homelessness to literacy, women in dance, and AIDS.
RCTV is the fiscal sponsor of Conversations with Creatives, which is a two-time recipient of the Genesee Valley Community Arts Grants,part of the Decentralization Program (DEC) of The New York State Council on the Arts, and administered by Livingston Arts.
The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials, and soon, non-broadcast video and TV program categories were added. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies. The mission of the Telly Awards has been to strengthen the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting, and supporting creativity. On average, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries yearly from all 50 states and 5 continents.
For more information about the Telly Awards, or to submit an entry for the 39th Telly Awards that will open in October 2017, visit TellyAwards.com.