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May 26, 2010

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Communications Prof Wins Telly Award For Asthma Film

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Virgina Orzel, assistant professor of communication at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, recently received a Telly Award for her educational documentary about asthma. She received the award in the Film/Video/Non-Broadcast category.

Orzel, who teaches courses on film and video production at the College at Brockport, was recognized for her 55-minute film, Breath: A Personal Journey with Asthma, which is designed to educate people about the severity of asthma and give a glimpse into the life of people who suffer with the disease.

“My film addresses the scope of the problem, signs and symptoms, what to do, good asthma control, skills management, the latest research and the future,” she said. A panel of doctors from Rochester, NY and the National American Lung Association reviewed the film prior to its release and endorsed its content.

Orzel was diagnosed with severe asthma in January 2005 and began her research for the film in the fall of 2006. She began shooting in spring 2007 and completed the project early this year.

The film was screened April 7 on campus at the College’s annual Scholars Day and was accepted into the SUNY-wide Film Festival also in April. Clips from One Breath can be seen here.

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television programs and commercials, as well as the finest video and film productions and work created for the Web. The 30th Annual Telly Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents.

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