The University of New Orleans presented Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting candidate Brian Alexander with the 2016-2017 Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship last week.
Alexander worked on the Gulf Coast during the Katrina
recovery effort. After completing his service with Americorps, he pursued his
BA in film at the University of Southern Mississippi. He continued his studies
at UNO's Creative Writing Workshop.
"Joseph was passionate about filmmaking and especially
about the art of screenwriting," Paul Uddo, the scholarship namesake's brother, said. "This scholarship is
intended to encourage and support others who share that passion. We are
fortunate to have an outstanding film school here at UNO and we believe that
this is a fitting place to memorialize Joseph, and to share his love of
filmmaking with other young artists."
Joseph Patrick Uddo was a screenwriter and camera operator. He attended the
New York Film Academy and later taught at the school. He worked on several movies, including
Monster's Ball and Stranger Than Fiction.
After his death in 2008 at age 33,
his family created the Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation as a memorial. The first
scholarship was presented in 2012 to Mark Twain Williams. Subsequent winners
were Katheryn Warzak, Eric Hollerbach and Elizabeth Brina.
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