MediaLab Documentary “Waste Not” Receives More Awards

Posted by: Date: February 25, 2015 In: ,
By Taylor Lunka '15
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, Wash. (Feb. 25, 2015)–The awards for MediaLab’s 2014 original documentary, Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation, keep rolling in. The documentary has won three additional awards in the past week.

Waste Not, which focuses on global food waste and hunger, received second place in the long-form video category in the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Competition, and also earned the Rising Star Award in the Canada International Film Festival.

Senior Producer Amanda Brasgalla ’15 is grateful for the recognition the film is receiving.

“It’s an international competition, and we beat out a lot of big broadcasting schools,” Brasgalla said. “Every award we receive shows a huge appreciation of our work.”

Waste Not was made entirely by students over more than a year. Brasgalla and Taylor Lunka ’15, also a senior producer of the film, began research in the fall of 2013. The pair then traveled across the United States, Canada and London with Chief Videographer Olivia Ash ’15 to film the documentary. Evan Heringer ’16 and Taylor Cox ’16 helped complete the final project with their editing and graphic-design skills.

“We put our hearts and souls into this film, and its nice to be recognized with these awards,” Lunka said. “People don’t often give students enough credit, but we do great work.”

About PLU's MediaLab

MediaLab, an award-winning, student-run media and applied research organization, is part of the Center for Media Studies located within the School of Arts + Communication at Pacific Lutheran University. MediaLab students work on projects for external clients across the media spectrum, including market research, photography, graphic design, web design, writing, video, public relations, event planning and more.

In addition, Waste Not also is a finalist in the National Broadcasting Society-AERho Student Competition, in the Nonfiction Long-Form category. The NBS holds this competition every year to honor the best student-produced films in universities across the United States. Two other films are competing in this category, for which the results will be announced March 28.

The film premiered at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts Theatre in Tacoma on Nov. 8, 2014. The team also has presented the film to schools all over the Tacoma area. Most recently, the filmmakers traveled to Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash., to educate students about food waste and creating documentaries.

“It’s great to connect with the community,” Lunka said. “It promotes a good cause and shows students what they can accomplish in college.”

Waste Not will premiere on campus in the spring, in celebration with Earth Week, on April 23, 2015, in the Black Box Theatre.