OCTOBER 20, 2004

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CU professor’s documentary wins top honor at Berkeley Film Festival

“Pray’s Passion,” a documentary by Cameron University associate communication professor Dr. Matt Jenkins, is being recognized at the 2004 Berkeley Video & Film Festival with its “Best of Festival – Documentary” award.

The film chronicles the story of Glenn Pray, president and owner of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company. In 1960 he dared to do what others, including Preston Tucker, had attempted – to build and sell a new type of automobile. And not only did he do it once, he did it again and again. First he introduced a modern version of the Cord automobile, followed by a modern version of the Auburn Speedster.

The Berkeley Video and Film Festival was created in 1991 to provide a venue for independent video and filmmakers creating works that challenge and confront the public’s notions of electronic cinema.

“Pray’s Passion” also was awarded the “Best Documentary” honor in the 2004 Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival, was an official selection at the 2004 deadCenter Film Festival and was screened at the 2004 Gordon Cooper’s Fall Festival.

As a member of the Cameron faculty, Jenkins earned the prestigious “Harold and Elizabeth Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence” in 2001.

Contact: Keith Mitchell, vice president for university advancement, 1-405-581-2211