Award-Winning “Studio A” Introduces Students to Film and Video Professionals

Posted: February 19, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

“Studio A,” a new show filmed live to tape in the GMU-TV studio, was begun last fall and continues this semester.

Rick Davis, artistic director of the Center for the Arts, hosts the interview show, featuring film and video professionals as well as clips from their works.

Participation in “Studio A” is one of the requirements of the new Film and Video Studies (FAVS) program offered in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Already this semester, students have seen interviews with Christian D’Andrea, filmmaker of “H.A.L.O.: Freefall Warriors” and Robert Henninger, owner of Henninger Video.

The next scheduled interview will be on Friday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Ted Leonsis, who is widely known as a visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist. He produced his first documentary film in 2007 titled “Nanking.” Opening to both critical and box office acclaim, “Nanking” chronicles the 1937 genocide of nearly 300,000 Chinese by the Japanese army and the Westerners who used their power and influence to create a safe zone for more than 250,000 Chinese. Vice chairman of AOL and owner of the Washington Capitals, Leonsis has proclaimed his plans to continue his “film-anthropy” by producing films as a means to education and enrich.

Another show will be taped on March 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, who made “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg.” The film won a 2001 Peabody Award and in 2000 was voted the best nonfiction film by the New York Film Critics Association and best documentary by the National Board Review of Motion Pictures.

“Studio A” is produced by Richard Wood, general manager and executive producer of GMU-TV, and directed by Wood and Cindy Lont, professor of communication. It airs on the GMU-TV network Mondays at 7 a.m., Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. The program won a silver “Davey” award last fall.

The taping, which is open to all, is done in the GMU-TV studio on the fourth floor of Innovation Hall. Those who would like to be part of the show or meet the guests after the show, RSVP to Lont at

For more information about “Studio A” or to watch episodes online, visit the “Studio A” web site.

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