Potsdam— Every year a few lucky students interested in the film business, get a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the Oscars.
“My friend said, 'I saw this commercial where students get a chance to compete to go to the Oscars, you should try.' So, I have never won anything in my life and decided to just go for it,” said aspiring filmmaker and theatre major at SUNY Potsdam, ChaRon Brabham. Brabham and the other contest winners had to enter a 30 second video answering the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”
Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU, Brabham and 5 other student winners were flown to Los Angeles and treated like one of the stars. As a part of winning the national "Oscar Experience Talent Search," they were also exposed to the full industry experience.
These young film buffs visited The Academy Library, went on studio tours, and met with this year's Academy Award Nominees in the Short Film category. According to Babham, the most memorable moment was having the opportunity to walk the stage live and deliver Oscar statutes to presenters.
As a theater major, ChaRon is a student leader having directed productions on campus. Ms. Brabham is also Co-Director of a dance team and Vice President of the Black Student Alliance. The experience at the Oscars has added an extra passion and motivation to not only ChaRon Brabham, but the students and faculty at SUNY Potsdam as well.