| A scene from Your Dark Hair Ihsan.|
Tala Hadid, SOA'05, is among 12 students from across the country who were honored at the 32 nd annual Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. Hadid took home the silver medal in the alternative category for her short film, Your Dark Hair Ihsan. Each year more than 300 film students compete for the Student Academy Awards.
The film, which was shot on location in Morocco, tells the story of a man who returns to his native land after the death of his mother and begins a quest to rediscover his roots. "It is a play between past and present, between exile and return," says Hadid.
Your Dark Hair Ihsan was one of the student films featured at the 2005 Columbia University Film Festival, where it received the Cinecolor Award.
The awards ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater capped a whirlwind week of industry-related activities, meetings and social events. Hadid had the opportunity to meet with agents and representatives of major industry groups including the Director's Guild of America and the American Association of Cinematographers, among others.
In her acceptance speech before the packed theater, Hadid encouraged fellow filmmakers, and all artists and writers, to continue to push boundaries and to be vigilant in telling stories of those whose voices may not otherwise be heard, in order to push cinema forward.
Notable past winners of Student Academy Awards include Spike Lee, Gary Nadeau, Bob Saget, Trey Parker, and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.
School of the Arts students have received a gold medal, the highest awarded by the Academy, in seven of the last nine years. Jaron Henrie-McCrea, winner of the 2005 gold medal in the alternative category for his film Knock, Knock, will attend the School of the Arts in September.