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Student-Produced Documentary Wins 2012 Telly Award

DATE: 06-27-2012

Cayuga Community College Telecommunications students won a 2012 Telly Award for a sequel documentary about foods and dishes with origins in Upstate New York.

The winning documentary “Please Pass the Salt Potatoes…Again!” was produced by students John Baulick, Ben Keeler, Carissa Lange, Chano Sanchez, Shaun Secuar, and Mark Veator. All of the students participate in C3Video Studios, the student-run video and film production company dedicated to teaching media production and entrepreneurship skills to media/telcom students. It was started, in part, by grants from the Kauffman and Stardust foundations.

“Winning a Telly Award is a huge honor for Telcom students, C3Video, and the Telcom Department,” said Director of Broadcasting/Electronic Media and Chair of the Humanities Division Steve Keeler. “It’s a great recognition of their talent and the high quality education that Cayuga’s Telcom students receive.”

The Telly Awards are the premier awards honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards received more than 11,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

The documentary examines the origination of Upstate New York food specialties, the unique establishments that sell them, and the people who make them. Some of the dishes, such as “Buffalo wings,” have become popular throughout the world. Others, like “grape pie,” “salt potatoes,” and “spiedies,” have remained regional specialties unknown outside the area.

“Please Pass the Salt Potatoes…Again!” is available on Amazon for DVD sale and electronic sale or rental.