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SJSU Graduate wins big at the Creative Awards!

2012 Animation/Illustration graduate Michelle Ikemoto and a production team composed of her classmates in the 2012 Advanced Animation class won awards for Best Film Under 30 Minutes and Best Student Film for their animated short film, Tule Lake. Tule Lake is a tribute to the Director’s late grandmother and the risks she took to preserve normalcy for her family during their exile in the Tule Lake internment camp during World War II. The awards were sponsored by CreaTV San Jose, a non-profit, public benefit corporation serving the City of San Jose whose mission is to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement. The ceremony was held on January 5, 2013 at San Jose’s historic California Theater.

Previous wins for Tule Lake include 1st Place in the Animation category and a tie for Best In Show in the CSU Media Arts festival in November 2012.

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