The top five videos will be selected by media specialists and medical students at the University of South Carolina based on originality (lyrics, setting, costumes, etc.), production value (sound quality, video quality, effects, subtitles), content and talent (vocal, acting, choreography, etc.). The University of South Carolina is not eligible to compete for the Memmys award.
From the top five videos, the celebrity panel will select the first place, second place and third place winners.
About the Celebrity Judges:
The Nickelodeon Theater, South Carolina's only non-profit art house film theater, has been in operation since 1979 and features the best in independent cinema, including documentaries, foreign films, cinema classics and late-night programming. More than just a movie theater, the Nickelodeon is also the presenter of the annual Indie Grits Film Festival – an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture – which was named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. The Nickelodeon is also home to the Helen Hill Media Education Center, providing opportunities for members of the community to acquire stronger critical viewing and production skills. The Nickelodeon staff will be assisting with the judging.
Seth Gadsden is an artist, filmmaker, and the current director of Indie Grits Labs in Columbia, SC. Focusing on public art, documentary filmmaking, and media installations, Seth has exhibited his personal work across the US and has completed murals and outdoor sculptures in places like Mexico, North Dakota, Boston, Houston and his hometown of Clover, SC. Through Indie Grits Labs, Seth has curated a range of projects and produced works with over 80 artists including documentary films and new media projects over the past five years.
Omme-Salma Rahemtullah is the Programming Coordinator at the Nickelodeon. She has over 10 years experience with community programming and engagement through community radio and academic partnerships.
In 2009, Dawes won an Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture. His project documented HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, interspersed with poetry, photography by Andre Lambertson, and music by Kevin Simmonds. The website "Livehopelove.com" is the culmination of his project. He is director of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a yearly event in Jamaica.
Charles Bierbauer joined the University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications as dean in 2002 after a more than 30-year-career in journalism. He stepped down as dean July 31, 2017, and is now retired. Bierbauer is the host of SCETV’s weekly public affairs show, "This Week in South Carolina."
Bierbauer has lived in seven other countries and reported from scores. He received a 1996 news and documentary Emmy for CNN coverage of the Olympic Park bombing.
The winners will receive a monetary award given to their school’s health sciences library and a plaque for institution display.