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Documentary by Elon alumni & current student wins film festival award

Mason Sklut ’14, Maggie Sloane ’14 and Sergio Ingato ’15 co-produced "BrocKINGton," which premiered in September at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Sergio Ingato '15, Maggie Sloan '14 and Mason Sklut '14

A documentary film directed by two Elon University alumni and one student was named Best Documentary Short at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.

Mason Sklut ’14, Maggie Sloane ’14 and Sergio Ingato ’15, all media arts & entertainment majors in the School of Communications, directed the 8-minute documentary "BrocKINGton" on transgender student Blake Brockington, who was named homecoming king of his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The film was produced in Assistant Professor Nicole Triche’s 2014 spring semester "Producing the Documentary" class.

Triche said the original idea for the documentary was more broadly focused on transgender people but after some workshopping, the students decided to narrow the topic to a story about a single individual. They came across a news story about Brockington and decided to center their film on him. Sklut, Sloane and Ingato made multiple trips to Charlotte to complete the filming.

“They worked very hard on this project,” Triche said. “I’m really proud of the students and the film they made.”

Sklut now works for Full Scale Productions, a video production company in Charlotte, and Sloane works for a post-production house in New York. Ingato is a senior who will graduate in May. Both Sklut and Ingato participated in the elondocs production program.

“BrocKINGton” premiered Sept. 13 at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, which was founded in 1987 and showcases films that deal with issues of culture, race, immigration status, sexual identity and religion.

- Story by Colin Donohue, coordinator of student media and instructor in the School of Communications

Eric Townsend,
Staff
9/16/2014 3:15 PM