Orangeburg filmmaker Emily Harrold has been selected as a regional finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition.
A 21-year-old senior at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Harrold was selected as one of three Region Three finalists in the documentary film category for her “Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust.”
She was selected during an April 26 ceremony at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City and will now advance to the next round of competition, where her film will be screened in Los Angeles along with other region finalists.
“I was really excited. It was especially nice because I had members of the crew with me,” Harrold said.
“Two of the producers and two young women who shot the film were also there with me, and they were very excited. It’s very exciting, and it’s also really gratifying in that a lot of the other finalists are NYU students as well. So we all sort of banded together and are all very proud of the school, too,” she said.
The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The presentation will include screenings of the winning films.
Harrold has described her film as an “exploration of the question of why the New York Times, one of the premier newspapers of the day and also a Jewish-owned newspaper, barely reported on the Holocaust during World War II.”