The winners of the 2015 Student Academy Awards were announced last week in a ceremony in Los Angeles, recognizing the best in student filmmaking in universities across the US and around the world. Among others, this year's winners included the short film Stealth, which received a 2013 Sloan Production Grant from the American Film Institute. Examining how to fit in when you're different, the film tells the story of a transgender eleven-year-old named Sammy beginning middle school in a new town, where she dares to live life as herself. Director Bennett Lasseter received the bronze medal in the narrative category.
The film was also recognized at last night's Emmy Awards, where the winners of the 2015 College Television Awards were presented during the ceremony. In a special jury prize,writer/producer Melissa Hoppe was honored with the Bricker Humanitarian Award for the film's message of acceptance for children facing similar obstacles.
Stealth is currently on the festival circuit, and has shown at festivals both local and international including IFFBoston and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.