December Alumni Updates

Published December 18, 2017

Check out updates from just a few of our 65,000+ alumni. Have your own update to share? Email the Alumni Relations Team to let us know!

Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Unay's new film nominated for Independent Spirit Award

2016 Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Unay's career has taken him from computer animation on video games like Quake 4 to work on films like King Kong and Avatar, and his most recent professional adventure – directing the nonfiction film The Cage Fighter, which documents the life of a working-class man who happens to be a part-time cage fighter – seems to be no less noteworthy. Thanks to The Cage Fighter, Jeff was recently nominated for the Truer than Fiction Award (given to "an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition) at the 2018 Independent Spirit Film Awards. Independent Spirit nominees in other categories include The Florida Project, Lady Bird, Loveless, The Big Sick, and Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, so Jeff is in good company.

Speaking of "good company," Jeff recently returned to the high school he attended in Louisiana to visit with students. While nearby for a film festival screening of The Cage Fighter, Jeff stopped by East Feliciana High School to share stories from his long, diverse career and serve up some inspiration as well.

Grad Tony Ozier releases new album AutoTone

2002 Recording Arts grad Tony Ozier recently released his latest album AutoTone. Tony is known to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest as leader of the 10-piece band, the Doo Doo Funk Allstars (as well as occasional collaborations with legendary funkateer Bootsy Collins), and his latest solo album is available for purchase and streaming on all major digital services.

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