Award winning “Sounds of Beirut” screens this week

From the CSUN website:

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Mar. 11th, 2010) ―

“Sounds of Beirut,” a documentary about the thriving music scene in Lebanon’s capital created by Cal State Northridge graduate student Seth Koury, has won a national award from the Broadcast Education Association’s Student Documentary Competition.

The documentary won an Honorable Mention– Long Form Award and will be screened at Oviatt Library’s Presentation room on Wednesday, March 17, at 4 p.m. as part of the annual Erlandson International Symposium. It will be followed by a question and answer period with Koury.

Koury, a student in the Journalism Department’s Mass Communication program, spent the summer and fall of 2008 in Beirut interviewing an eclectic range of musicians– from an opera singer to heavy metal band members to younger artists who perform on the streets. He aimed to tell a story of the Middle Eastern country beyond its war-torn image.

“When Seth previewed a ‘rough cut’ of the documentary for his professors last fall, we were stunned at the quality of the interviews he had done,” said Melissa Wall, an associate professor of journalism and Koury’s thesis adviser. “I’m not surprised he won this award.”

Koury’s project was typical of a new model for video journalists. He filmed and edited the documentary himself rather than working with a crew. The project was self-financed by Koury, a former amateur boxer, who spent part of a semester living in a garage just off campus in order to save money for his trip.

“Sounds of Beirut” will be presented April 15 at the BEA Faculty and Student Documentary Competition Awards and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students who are interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. Over 1,600 professors, students and media professionals are currently individual members and approximately 275 colleges and university departments and schools are institutional members.

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