Colorado College has announced this year’s winners of the Richard A. Lewis Memorial Film Award. The award recognizes high-quality student work and provides encouragement and support for future film projects.
First place went to Jonathan Brooks Fortune of Burlington, Vt., for “Sex Offender.” Fortune’s documentary features a 13-year-old convicted of a sex offense for allegedly taking a photo of his nude 8-year-old cousin; the state now recognizes him as a sex offender. Despite his youth, his conviction will never be expunged. The film examines the policies, perceptions, and media sensationalism that dictate the lives of supposed sexual predators.
Second place went to Aaron Patterson ’12 of Santa Fe, N.M., for “…And Now Sofia.” Patterson’s documentary chronicles the physical and emotional transformation of Sofia Marquez, formerly macho rancher Pedro Marquez. Told through the voices of Sofia and her friends and family, the film follows Sofia through her journey for acceptance, both from those who knew her previously as Pedro, as well as from Sofia herself.
Third place went to Julia Pleasants ’12 of Concord, Mass., for “Light Breathing.” When Pleasants first read Ivan Bunin’s “Light Breathing,” she was struck by a sense of beauty, despite the story’s tragedy. “My first thought after reading the story was that it could make a beautiful film,” she said. Making the film also provided Pleasants the perfect opportunity to combine her two loves – film and Russian.
The Richard A. Lewis Memorial Film Award was established by Estelle and Barton Lewis in 2002 in memory of their son Richard Lewis ’75. DVDs of the finalists for each year are on file in the Special Collections at Tutt Library, and the English department has a DVD of this year's finalists.