ACU's "The Promise" film wins three Telly awards, CASE silver medal

Posted July 07, 2010

"The Promise," Abilene Christian University's 2009 President's Circle film, is a three-time award winner in the 31st annual Telly Awards. The film also earned a silver medal in the international Circle of Excellence awards sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

"It's a privilege to work with Phillips Productions on documentaries in which there is such importance placed on the craft of storytelling," says Ron Hadfield, assistant vice president for university communication and editor of ACU Today magazine. "And it's rewarding to know the message in this one resonates with our audiences as well as with our colleagues in higher education and in the film industry."

ACU received a silver Telly, the highest honor, in the category of Videography/Cinematography. "The Promise" also received bronze Tellys in the categories of Education and Religion/Spirituality. The Telly Awards annually receive thousands of entries from all 50 states and nations on five continents.

Circle of Excellence awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results for the more than 3,300 member institutions in CASE. ACU's film was chosen to receive a silver medal in the category of Video Fundraising Features from among 44 entries around the world.

Another silver medal-winner in the category, a piece about scholarships produced by Texas A&M-Commerce University, was the work of 2005 ACU grad Paul Bryan, a former graphic designer in ACU's Creative Services and current director of photography at A&M-Commerce. Other winners in the category included videos from the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford University; and Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center.

This sort of excellence has become expected of projects created through the joint efforts of ACU's Creative Services team, led by Hadfield, and Phillips Productions Inc. of Dallas.

"Naturally, we are pleased with the recognition given to 'The Promise' through CASE and Telly awards. To be honored by our professional peers in this way deepens our appreciation for our long and successful partnership with ACU," says Martin Perry, director of corporate production at Phillips Productions. "It is such a pleasure to help create projects with purpose that achieve a high standard of excellence and further the mission of a world-class institution."

This is ACU's fifth medal in international CASE competition, with three of them for films produced in cooperation with Phillips Productions. Six film projects created by the pair have earned 11 Tellys. In 2009, "The Making of Jacob's Dream" documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award. 

View "The Promise" here.


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