HPU Professor 'Knocks Out' Competition At Short Film Festival In Atlanta

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 15, 2011 – Brad Lambert, assistant professor of communication in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently won the Best Animated Drama award at the 25th Dragon*Con Independent Film Festival in Atlanta for his film “Gilded Age Gladiator.” The award was presented by animation legend Ralph Bakshi, writer, director and producer of “Fritz the Cat,” “Wizards,” “American Pop,” and more.

Lambert was writer, co-director, animator, composer, and voice-actor in the 11-minute documentary that recounts the career of 19th-century boxer John L. Sullivan. Using animated characters, the film details Sullivan’s rise from bar room brawler to America’s first sports celebrity.

Lambert animated the film with the same digital tools that he teaches students to use in his Motion Graphics course at HPU.

He says he was surprised by the film’s enthusiastic reception, given the convention’s focus on science fiction and fantasy.

“Even though our film is a historical documentary, the audience really embraced our animated approach and it was exciting to screen it in front of such a passionate crowd,” Lambert says. “It was especially exciting that the award was presented by Ralph Bakshi, because I’m a huge fan of his work. I even have the poster for his film ?American Pop’ hanging in my office.”

Dragon*Con is an annual film festival held in Atlanta that features a combination of independent and short films, as well as panels and discussions for short filmmaking. The film has also been accepted into the DC Shorts Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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