Alums in the News

PLS Alumnus Acting His Own Part


Dan O'Brien '99 has always considered himself an actor and now he is a successful professional. As a lead on the NBC sitcom Whitney, he can share his passion for performance with all of America...More



Notre Dame Alumnus Wins Top Documentary Award at Sundance

peter_richardsonIn 2002, a senior named Peter D. Richardson was among the first group of students to make their own documentaries as a part of Associate Professional Specialist Ted Mandell's class in Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT). "It was an incredibly fulfilling experience, and I was hooked," Richardson says. Four years later, his first documentary Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon, was selected to premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. His next film, How to Die in Oregon, then won the 2011 festival's U.S. Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize...More

Strong Bodies Fight Builds Winning Record at Film Festivals


strong_bodies_fightStrong Bodies Fight , a film which chronicles the University of Notre Dame's Bengal Bouts charity boxing tournament, was recently named Best Sports Documentary at the 2011 Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, Calif., and won the Audience Choice Award from the Chicago  United Film Festival. Produced by writer Mark Weber '09 and director William Donaruma '89, a professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, the film has been building a winning record at film festivals...More

Student Documentaries Continue Winning After Graduation





puatitle_resized A pair of documentaries by 2011 graduates of Notre Dame's Department of Film, Television, and Theatre are "cleaning up" on the film festival circuit. Picking Up America , by Michael Burke and Marie Wicht, chroniles four young idealists who trek across the country collecting trash, while examining the challenges and rewards in promoting "a zero waste America"... More

Short Film by Arts and Letters Alumnus wins Sundance Prize





A movie produced and co-written by university of Notre Dame alumnus John Hibey '05 was awarded the jury prize for short filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in park City, Utah. The winning film, Fishing Without Nets, tells a tale of a poor, young Somali fisherman who ends up joining a group of pirates. "By approaching a story of epic scope with an intimate perspective, this visually stunning film creates a rare, inside point of view that humanizes a global story," the Sundance short film jury said in announcing the prize on January 24...More

Theatre Background Gives Top Prosecutor and Edge


Jack Blakey

Jack Blakey B.A. '88 J.D. '92, has worked as a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office and is currently chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago-the second largest prosecution office in the country. He says his theatre major at the University of Notre Dame was perfect preparation for his future legal career. "Some people think it's such a difference, going from the theatre world to the legal world, but it really seems like a seamless transition," Blakey says...More

"Trunk" wins Student Award at the 2010 US International Film & Video Festival

ramaCongrats to 2010 FTT grads Mark Lyons and Alex Wheeler whose student documentary "Trunk", about a painting elephant in Portland, won a Student Award at the 2010 US International Film & Video Festival. "Trunk" was partially funded through a “Learning Beyond the Classroom” grant from the College of Arts and Letters.

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Lydia Antonioni (FTT '97) picked as one of the Top 35 under 35 by Hollywood Reporter!

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lydiaLydia Antonini, a graduate of the class of 1997, took the basic film and television class to "check off" a fine arts requirement her first year at Notre Dame. Today, she's director of digital development for Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and recently was named to The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen 35 Under 35 list for 2009. Her trajectory comes as no surprise.

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iNDustry Alliance Alumni Filmmaker Series Launches Dec. 11th

suscoThe Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and ND Alumni Association announce a new guest speaker series featuring Notre Dame alumni in the film industry. Screenwriter Stephen Susco (ND '95) will screen his new film RED, a 2008 Sundance Film Festival entry, on Thursday Dec. 11th at 7 p.m. in the Browning Cinema, as part of the new iNDustry Alliance Alumni Filmmaker Series. The series brings alumni directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors back to campus to screen their recent feature films and documentaries.
Tickets: $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students.

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