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Oscar-winning alumna Lynn Appelle

Alan Flurry

She might not claim to be a documentarian, but Lynne Appelle's body of work just goes to show the creative breadth of a film career that started with a BFA in photography:

A quick glance at her 20-plus year career in the TV and movie industry backs her up. A majority of Appelle’s credits are for line production (akin to being a budget director) or production management. But that one documentary short she produced in 2001—that was a biggie.

Thoth chronicled the life and love of a quirky New York street musician. It was accepted into several festivals, and director Sarah Kernochan submitted it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration. Thoth was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject, and on March 24, 2002, Samuel L. Jackson announced Appelle and Kernochan as the winners.

“The beauty of a documentary is that you really don’t know what’s going to happen. You experience everything live,” says Appelle BFA ’90, who is one of just two UGA alumni to win an Academy Award. Lamar Trotti’s ABJ 1921 original screenplay for Wilson in 1944 was the other.

Great feature on Appelle from the new Georgia Magazine - read the whole thing. Our alumni are inspiring and the next stories of greatness are being written as we speak.

Speaking of greatness, good luck to all of our players, coaches and fans this weekend in the Dome. As coach always says, "Go dawgs!"

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