Awards and Invitations for School of Communications Filmmakers | Webster University

Awards and Invitations for School of Communications Filmmakers

ST. LOUIS (July 27, 2018) – Awards for the Cinema St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase were announced at a closing-night party on Sunday, July 22. Thirty Webster University School of Communications (SOC) filmmakers comprised of students, alumni, and faculty had work featured in the showcase. Several won awards or received invitations to the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) in November.

Justin Fisher and Patrick Lawrence won a Documentary Films Juried Award in the category Best Editing for Gateway Sound. Fisher also won Best Documentary Feature Award for Gateway Sound. He was invited to show the film at the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival in November. Fisher is an alumnus of and adjunct professor for the School of Communications.

Alumnus Alessio Summerfield’s, Mother of Calamity, won a Narrative Films Juried Award in the category Best Actress.

Judges from Cinema St. Louis announced additional SOC filmmakers whose work they chose to include in SLIFF. The following films and filmmakers have been invited:

Documentary Shorts

  • The Joy of Doing, by student Ryan Fitzgerald and alumnus Jack Mulopulos
  • The Mountains that Made Me, by alumna Sharee Silerio


  • The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic, by alumna Kathy Bratkowski
  • Gateway Sound, by alumnus and adjunct professor Justin Fisher

Narrative and Experimental Shorts

  • Story 2: Scenes 1-9 and Tapeto Lucida, by alumnus and adjunct associate professor Zlatco Cosic
  • Z-Grid, by professor Van McElwee
  • The Stroke, by student Jessica Pierce

When asked about the results, Aaron Aubuchon said, “A few of our students and faculty were selected for inclusion in the St. Louis International Film Festival after showing at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, which is a huge honor as SLIFF is a really important festival."

He continued, “I’m glad that Cinema St. Louis recognized the talent displayed by these filmmakers who represent the best of our local filmmaking scene.” AuBuchon is an associate professor of film, television and video production as well as chair of the Electronic and Photographic Media Department.

The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) will be held from November 1 through 11, 2018.

More detailed information about SOC entrants in the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase is available in "30 Filmmakers to Represent School of Communications at Film Showcase.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level as well as five master’s degrees in diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.