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Cliffy Awards Recognize Walters State Filmmakers
August 1, 2017

Walters State Community College recognized outstanding filmmakers recently with the 2017 Cliffy Awards. This year marked the ninth year of the awards. 
“Kiki’s Lake House” was named the best short film. This film was made by Tyler Vaughn, a communications major from Jefferson City, Michael Craig, a mass communications major from Sevierville, and Michael Berry, a communications major from Morristown. The same team won the Cliffy for best music video. 
Christina Rountree, a mass communications major from Jefferson City, received the Cliffy for best commercial for her drunk driving public service announcement.
The Cliffys began as a class competition and has expanded to include the entire campus. All entries are screened with awards given at the end of the one-day film festival. Matthew Lawson, assistant professor of speech communications, directs the festival and awards as part of his television production class.

The award is named in honor of Dr. Larry Clifton, associate professor of communications. Clifton also taught a popular elective on film studies. He has also served as a consultant on many motion picture productions, including “The Bell Witch.”

In the photo: Walters State recently celebrated talented filmmakers among its student body. From left are Malcolm McAvoy, head of speech communications; Matthew Lawson, assistant professor of speech communications; Christina Rountree, a mass communications major from Jefferson City; Tyler Vaughn, a communications major from Jefferson City; Michael Berry, a communications major from Morristown; and Dr. Larry Clifton, associate professor of communications.