Two Cornellians, Reed Van Dyk ’07 and Trevor White ’07, have been nominated for Academy Awards. Van Dyk received his nod for writing and directing the documentary “DeKalb Elementary,” and White for executive producing “The Post.”
Van Dyk’s film tells the story of Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at an Atlanta school who talked down a gunman who entered the school in 2013. The film is among five nominated in the Live Action Short Film category. It was chosen for film festivals including South By Southwest , the UK Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival, and has won a number of awards, including those from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
White is founder and managing partner of Star Thrower Entertainment, which produced “The Post,” a Best Picture nominee that tells the story of the publication of the Pentagon Papers through the eyes of the Washington Post’s publisher, Katharine Graham (played by Meryl Streep), and executive editor Ben Bradlee (played by Tom Hanks). Star Thrower Entertainment also recently produced “Wind River,” “Ingrid Goes West” and “LBJ.”
- Kathy Hovis