CSU, Chico News

ALVA-Produced Film Wins Emmy Award

Date: 06-09-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Brian Brazeal, Director
Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology

A documentary film created in the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) at California State University, Chico, “Impact of the Frolic,” has been selected for a Northern California-area Emmy Award for 2014-2015.

The award was presented at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco June 6 by the San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The film, directed by CSU, Chico anthropology alum Matthew Ritenour, received top honors in the historic/cultural program category.

“Impact of the Frolic” tells the story of an opium clipper that wrecked off California’s coast near Mendocino in 1850, leaving fine Chinese pottery in the hands of local Native Americans. It chronicles the research of archaeologist Thomas Layton to understand a shipwreck that connected multiple countries and cultures during a formative time for the state.

The Public Broadcasting System aired “The Impact of the Frolic” several times last September and again in January and February on its station KVIE in Sacramento.

Ritenour and the film’s director of photography, Arik Bord, were CSU, Chico graduate students at the time the film was produced. The film was edited by ALVA lab technician Daniel Bruns and received support from Valene L. Smith and Bob Benner.

ALVA is a part of the Department of Anthropology at CSU, Chico and was built in 2010 with support from the National Science Foundation and the University. Its mission is to communicate the results of anthropological research to the widest possible audiences by producing documentary films for television broadcast.

“We are proud of our students’ achievements and look forward to building on their success,” said ALVA director and anthropology professor Brian Brazeal.

For more information on “Impact of the Frolic” or ALVA, please contact Brazeal at bcbrazeal@csuchico.edu. You can also read more about the Frolic in a 2014 story about a campus museum exhibit in Inside Chico State.


Caption: From left, CSU, Chico staff member Daniel Bruns and anthropology alums Matthew Ritenour and Arik Bord accept Emmy awards for their film, “Impact of the Frolic.”