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Duquesne University Receives Two Silver Telly Awards

James Vota, instructor in the Department of Journalism and Multimedia Arts at Duquesne University, has received two Telly Awards for his documentation of a cross-country trip.

Vota served as a producer and director for ALT Project: Collection of Somedays, a film named for the alternate routes the crew of Duquesne students used while traveling across the United States. The documentary captures the lives of small-town America, with topics ranging from green technology to Native American reservations sites.

The group included Nick Sinagra of the South Hills, a student who has spinal muscular atrophy and wrote a daily blog from the perspective of a person with special needs.

The film was among 14,000 entries received from all 50 states and five continents. The project earned the organization’s highest honor in both the entertainment and low-budget categories. The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

Vota is a resident of Pittsburgh.

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