Film 4 Change presented Paula Amanda, associate chair of The Film School at SFUAD and director of Garson Studios, with the Educator of the Year Award this March at the Durango Independent Film Festival, honoring her for her dedication to progressive film education. The ceremony was held after a student filmmaking panel featuring students and faculty from SFUAD.
“Paula Amanda’s ability to bridge industry and academia stands out as a necessary component for educating the next generation of media-makers. The blend of theory and practical application helps develop capable practitioners with critical minds. We wanted her to be the first recipient of this award as education plays a crucial role in the future of film culture and economy,” says Film 4 Change Director Rich Henrich.
The event was supported in part by the Christopher Foundation for the Arts, an international arts foundation dedicated to increasing cultural diplomacy through the exchange of the arts. Several SFUAD students, former alumni and faculty members were on hand for the event, including film director and chair of The Film School at SFUAD, Chris Eyre. Film School student and Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative scholar Alec Brown screened two films at the festival, including “I’m Not Here.” and “Onomatopoeia.”
Santa Fe-based Film 4 Change LLC produces films and festivals with a strong emphasis of educational panels and workshops. The company produces Albuquerque Film Festival, AMFM Fest in California’s Coachella Valley, CineVision at SFUAD, New York City Film Festival and the educational programs at Durango Film. Established in 2005, this year marks the companies 10th year of film and festival production.