Wright State film grads gain notice from Academy


Wright State University 2013 film graduates Ashley Brandon and Dennis Hohne received a Student Academy Award nomination this past spring for their short documentary “Punches & Pedicures.”

An intriguing look at the life of former gang member-turned-manicurist/pedicurist Victor Pham of Defiance, Ohio, “Punches & Pedicures” traversed the film festival circuit and also managed multiple regional wins before being named a documentary finalist for the 41st edition of the Student Academy Awards, which were held June 7 at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1972, the Student Academy Awards brings together over 500 promising collegiate filmmakers from across the country to compete for awards and cash grants. Only three winning films are chosen from each of the competition’s five categories including alternative, animation, narrative and foreign films.

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