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SOC Senior Center Scholar Sandy

Senior Center Scholars

The Senior Scholars program recognizes distinguished professionals whose work exemplifies the Center’s mission.


Message from Chris Palmer:

I am pleased to announce the first recipient of the Senior Scholar award at the Center for Environmental Filmmaking: Sandy Cannon-Brown, president of VideoTakes, Inc. and an associate director of the Center.
Our goal with the Senior Scholars program is to recognize and honor distinguished professionals whose work exemplifies the Center’s mission to train students to produce films and new media that focus attention on the need to conserve the environment in a way that is effective as well as ethically sound, educationally powerful, and entertaining.
The award is accompanied by a $5,000 stipend.
Sandy has helped fulfill the Center’s mission by serving as a role model for emerging environmental filmmakers, mentoring countless students and young professionals, building Center partnerships with media and non-profit organizations, and working with students on films for the Center and its partners.
Sandy taught Environmental and Wildlife Production at American University for six years. Her students won many awards for the work produced under her tutelage, including five student Regional Emmys. In 2011, Sandy received a University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment. She currently is assisting former SOC Dean Larry Kirkman on an interdisciplinary initiative that focuses on water issues.
Through her company, VideoTakes, which she founded in 1985, Sandy has accumulated dozens of top awards in prestigious festivals, including six CINE Golden Eagles. Her personal honors include a Woman of Vision award from Women in Film & Video and individual recognition for scriptwriting and directing from ITVA/TIVA. She currently is working on a film about oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. She’ll show a sneak preview of the film on November 19 in the Wechsler Theater as part of Center’s 9th Annual Fall Film Series.
Sandy will have the following responsibilities during the 12 months following the award:

  • Give a guest lecture
  • Mentor our current grad students
  • Contribute to the creation and production of Center films

Please join me in congratulating Sandy for her selection as a Senior Scholar at the Center for Environmental Filmmaking.