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2 Alumni Earn News, Documentary Emmy Nominations

Two Colorado College alumni, Cynthia Lowen ’01 and Mike Shum ’07, have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Lowen, an English major, is the co-creator, producer, and writer of “Bully” (PBS), which received two nominations, one for Outstanding Long-Form Informational Programming, and the other for Best Documentary. The feature documentary, which follows five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, was screened as part of CC's inaugural Visiting Film Series.

Lowen taught Screenwriting for Film and Media Studies as a block visitor in Block 4 last year and will be teaching both Screenwriting and Basic Filmmaking during the 2015-16 academic year. “She's a brilliant colleague and we're delighted to have her as part of the film program,” said Dylan Nelson, assistant professor of film and media studies.

Shum was nominated for Outstanding Interview for his video short “Surviving an ISIS Massacre” (The New York Times). The film features an interview with Ali Hussein Kadhim, the only known survivor of an ISIS massacre in June 2014 of hundreds of Iraqi military recruits. The 8-minute video tells Kadhim's astounding story.

Shum, a sociology major, recently spoke to a CC class taught by Diane Alters, lecturer in journalism, about his work in broadcast journalism. “Mike is a fearless and thoughtful journalist, an inspiration to my students,” Alters said. “I'm thrilled that his work is getting the recognition it deserves.”

The 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, honoring documentary films, news reports, and multimedia projects that exemplify the best of broadcast journalism, will be presented Monday, Sept. 28, at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The nominations were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).