English instructor wins EMPixx Award for film
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
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HAMMOND – Alan Marsh, an instructor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, has earned an EMPixx Award presented by the American Pixel Academy for his film “Rabbit Moon.”
EMPixx awards are given annually, honoring excellence in the production of five divisions of moving pixels: TV commercials, TV programs, corporate videos, Internet moving pixels, and independent films and videos.
A published author with a novel, children’s book and short stories to his credit, Marsh decided several years ago to learn the art of filmmaking.
“’Rabbit Moon’ is essentially a children’s picture book put into film,” Marsh said. “It is also multimedia as it goes back and forth from live action to animation. The animator for the film, Jason Killeen is now a Southeastern alumnus.”
Marsh’s inspiration for “Rabbit Moon” came from a classmate in first grade who was horribly burned.
“During recesses, she would try to interact with the other kids and was basically shunned. This story is an attempt to show children that physical scars do not mean there is something wrong with the inner person,” he said. “On the contrary, life’s ‘badges of courage’ may even indicate a certain growth or maturity in a person that others will not achieve until they are much older.”
In addition to the EMPixx award, “Rabbit Moon” also earned a Silver Remi at the Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.