For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253
Bob Finnerty, RIT (585) 475-4733


Rochester, New York (March 13, 2006) – RIT 175, a film co-produced by Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and WXXI Public Broadcasting, was recently honored by the Telly Awards, a national awards competition that recognizes excellence in video and film productions. RIT 175, which chronicles the origin of RIT and traces its history to the present in celebration of its 175th anniversary, received a Silver Telly award in the “History/Documentary” category and a Bronze Telly award in the “Use of Animation” category.

RIT’s Film and Animation Professor Malcolm Spaull and David Cronister, Director of the Educational Technology Center, produced and directed the 55-minute film. RIT’s Chief Communications Officer Bob Finnerty and WXXI’s Executive Vice President Susan Rogers served as the film’s executive producers while RIT students in the School of Film and Animation assisted in the project.

Since the documentary premiered on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) in December 2004, it has received many accolades including an honorable mention at the 53rd Columbus International Film Festival, the "Winner" at the Aegis Video & Film Production Awards and the Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2005 Communicator Awards.

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 10,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.


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