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Film by Grady College students wins national documentary competition

Rickey’s Story, a short documentary created by Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication students Trey Leonard (producer), Iva Dimitrova (director), Casey Hammons (cinematographer and music supervisor) and Allison Krausman (editor), won first place in a national competition.

The entertainment and media studies students completed their film in spring 2017 as part of the course requirements of EMST 5270, “Documentary Production.”

The filmmaking competition, Stories from the Line, is administered by Impact America in collaboration with the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The students will receive $10,000 in scholarship funds for their achievement.

The film portrays Athens resident Rickey Morris. After getting sick, losing his long-term trucking job and falling into homelessness, today he’s taking care of his health and working to get back on his feet.

Watch the documentary at