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Release Date: Friday, October 7, 2011 11:06 AM
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LaToya L. Ransom
Thursday, September 29, 2011      
Howard Alumnus Recognized for Cinematography

WASHINGTON (Sept. 29) – Bradford Young (MFA ‘04) won an honorable mention in cinematography at the 15th Urbanworld Film Festival for his work on Restless City, a recent film directed by Andrew Dosunmu.

Restless City tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. The five-day Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, was held in New York City last month.

The Urbanworld honor adds to other recognitions Young received for outstanding cinematography this year.

“We are extremely proud of Brad and all of his accomplishments,’ said Bishetta Merritt, chairwoman of the Department of Radio, Television and Film. “He embodies the saying ‘excellence without excuses.’”

Young received his Masters of Fine Arts  from the School of Communications with a specialization in film production.  In 2009, he was featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of its “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”

As a freelance documentary cinematographer, his credits include, Eventual Salvation, directed by Dee Rees, winner of a  2007 Sundance Documentary Fund Grant and the 2007 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. Young’s credits include Pariah, which showed at over 25 national and international film festivals and won multiple awards.

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