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SUNY Canton Faculty Member Wins Prestigious Media Arts Award

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Kamal TurnerKamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant and adjunct faculty member who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program, has received a scriptwriting award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Turner submitted his short-film script titled “One Awkward Ride” to BEA’s annual Festival Of Media Arts competition, which recognizes faculty and student creative excellence. The contest is open to all BEA members, and categories range from sports and news broadcasting to documentary video production. More than 175 colleges and universities submitted entries this year.

Turner’s script earned a Best of Competition award in the short subject/TV half-hour category. The story’s main characters are students who, through a series of misfortunate events, are forced into uncomfortable situations.

“The story is very loosely based on my experiences in college,” Turner said. “We’ve all been in socially awkward situations, and I wanted this script to explore that.”

Turner has written scripts in the past, and he previously acted in and served as an assistant director for the movie “Dissection of an Olive,” which was written and directed by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor Summer Dorr. Most recently, he served as a production assistant for the television show pilot episode for “ZBURG,” which was co-created by TV and film actor Mark Valley and Ethan Henry.

The BEA awards are presented during their annual convention in April. View a list of all this year’s BEA award winners.


About BEA 

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Screens Local Movie “Dissection of an Olive” on March 27

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Dissection of an Olive Movie PosterThe locally produced movie “Dissection of an Olive” will be airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The showing will be free and open to the public and will be the first time the movie has been shown locally since it played at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam as part of the Cinema 10 series last fall.

Several SUNY Canton students and faculty members contributed their talents to the movie, which was written and directed by former Potsdam resident Summer Dorr.

Kamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant in the College’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program served as the assistant director and acted in the evolving story.

“I saw my parts in the movie as a way to be involved with a really large creative project right here in the North Country,” Turner said. “I contacted all of the students I knew who were interested in making movies so they could take advantage of the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real production.”

Kamal Turner and Daniel Grant operate a boom mic during a scene.

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructional Support Assistant Kamal A. Turner and GMMD Student Daniel H. Grant (both far left) operate the boom microphone during a scene of “Dissection of an Olive.”

Additionally, Jesse L. Clark-Stone, a mathematics faculty member, served as the executive producer for the production. Graphic and Multimedia Design students Daniel H. Grant of Miller Place and Towfiq Akhtar of Queens both played roles in making the movie.

Scene from Dissection of an Olive - Main character has her red boots on the dashboard of a car.

For more about the production and the official movie trailer, visit: