Film faculty member complements classroom work with professional opportunities

December 12, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Associate professor Richie Sherman teaches intermediate and advanced film production courses at Penn State, and he consistently hones his filmmaking skills by contributing to a variety of professional film projects.

“The Day After Stonewall Died,” a short narrative shot by Sherman and edited by Anita Gabrosek, a lecturer in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies, won best short film for its international premiere at the Cannes Short Film Festival. The film has already screened at numerous festivals in the United States, and in February 2015 it will screen again at the Nacogdoches Film Festival in Texas.

In addition, Sherman’s own feature documentary, “From the Black You Make Color,” which he co-directed, recently screened at the Cannes Doc Fest, the Lucerne International Film Festival in Switzerland and the Rated SR, Socially Relevant Film festival in New York City.

Sherman has shot more than 50 short films and seven independent feature-length films, including “SquidMan” (2012)  and “The Guatemalan Handshake” (2006). He was co-director of the feature documentary “No. 4 Street of Our Lady” (2009), which won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, a Silver Telly Award and the CINE Golden Eagle Award.

His experimental short films have been juried into competitive film festivals, including the Kurz International Film Festival in Hamburg, Germany, the Filmstock Film Festival in Luton, England, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan.

Sherman’s awards at Penn State include an individual faculty grant from the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (2010), the Deans’ Excellence Award for Research and Creative Activity (2007) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) from the Alumni Society Board of the College of Communications. He was co-recipient of support from the President’s Excellence Fund (2009). He is a past recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Artists Fellowship and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship.

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