Craig Bazan, an undergraduate theater major, received a Princess Grace Award.

The junior, who appeared in Temple Theater’s production of The Seven last season, was nominated by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Camden to participate in a 15-week theater apprenticeship.

In the summer of 2007, Bazan was filmed performing a monologue from Hamlet entitled “Hamlet on the Street” across the street from his high school in Camden, NJ. The video went on to be featured on the front page of YouTube and on ABC News.

Temple’s previous Princess Grace Award winners include Karen Carpenter (2005) whose film My Scarlet Letter also won the Hamptons International Film Festival and Heidi Saman (2006) whose film The Maid was selected for the international Cannes Film Festival.

-Jazmyn Burton

MFA candidate Chinonye Chukwu received the 2009 Princess Grace Award in Narrative Film making.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA honors six student filmmakers in the nation. Chukwu will receive $24,000 to produce her next film, Chidinma and Buchi, which will be shot in her native country of Nigeria late this year.

This national competition is entered by every major film school in the United. With three Princess Grace Awards in Narrative Filmmaking over the last five years Temple has received more awards in this category than any other school in the country.

Chukwu, a second year MFA candidate in Film & Media Arts, is an American citizen who was born in Nigeria. Her films feature new and complex representations of Africans and African-Americans with a focus on women and the challenges they face when attempting to build a dual identity.

For the Princess Grace competition, Chinonye submitted a proposal for her thesis film that will be shot in Nigeria in December 2009 and her recently completed production Igbu Kwenu!, which was shot during the FMA course in screen directing under the supervision of film and media arts professor Warren Bass.

Chukwu’s film Igbu Kwenu! received a 2009 Pennsylvania Independent Film and Video Association grant from the independent film community and the “Best Motion Picture Award” and “Best Screenplay Award” at Temple’s Diamond Screen 2009.

-Jazmyn Burton