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Prof. Cynthia O'Dell's Experimental Documentary Named 'Best' by New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

May 7, 2003

May 7, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Residue of Memory, directed by Cynthia O'Dell, assistant professor of art at DePauw University, has been awarded Best Experimental Documentary at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow night. O'Dell's 36-minute work is described as "exploring the metaphorical relationship between family loss and the abandoned rock quarry that chronicles the journeys of five women." (photo of Cynthia O'Dell, from the cover of DePauw magazine, by Marilyn E. Culler)

The film festival began, according to its Web site, "with a giant networking party at Madison Square Garden and featured over 300 films, documentaries and shorts from around the world. The scope of the festival ranged from high profile to novice, so visitors were able to experience an array of filmmakers and actors driven by independent movie making. The festival had a record number of sold out premieres and screenings with filmmakers flying in from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, the UK and all over the U.S. for nonstop screenings, parties and informative industry panels." Attendees included actress Susan Sarandon. You can learn more by clicking here.

Professor O'Dell was awarded DePauw's Fisher Fellowship grant to complete Residue of Memory. She teaches photography and video. O'Dell received a Master of Fine Arts in photography and media arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from The University of Iowa. You can learn more about Cynthia O'Dell by clicking here.