Monday, September 25, 2017

University of New Orleans Awards Uddo Screenwriting Scholarship for 2017-18

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The University of New Orleans has awarded the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting for the 2017-18 academic year to Daniel J. Green. The scholarship, which provides a total of $1,500 in tuition and fees for a full academic year, honors the memory of Uddo, a filmmaker and New Orleans native who died in 2008. Green and members of the Uddo family gathered with others from the UNO community at a ceremony in UNO’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to celebrate Uddo’s memory and the opportunity his legacy creates for talented UNO students like Green.

Green is a native of the American Southwest. He studied creative writing at Utah Valley University and is now pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts at UNO. A veteran of the video game industry, Green is familiar with animation, cinematography and lighting within that medium. He has created content for major entertainment companies, including Sony, Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. In addition to his interest in the cinematic arts, Green is also a former boxer and still teaches the occasional women's self-defense course. He is married and has two young children.

Joseph Patrick Uddo died on Dec. 7, 2008 at age 33. A graduate of Jesuit High School, he attended the New York Film Academy, where he taught after graduation. Uddo was a screenwriter and camera operator who worked on several feature length films including Monster's Ball and Stranger Than Fiction, said his brother Paul Uddo, who is president of the Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation. Filmmaking was his passion and his family established the nonprofit Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation to create an enduring memorial in his name.

The Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation started a scholarship at UNO to honor his brother's memory in a way that reflected his love of filmmaking, Paul Uddo said. A $40,000 gift in 2012 established the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting, and an annual award is made to an entering graduate student who is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting.

"Joseph was passionate about filmmaking and especially about the art of screenwriting," Paul Uddo 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."

Green’s name now graces an engraved plaque that hangs in the University's Performing Arts Center. Also listed are the five previous recipients: Mark Twain Williams, who received the inaugural scholarship in 2012; Katheryn Warzak; Eric Hollerbach; Elizabeth Brina and Brian Alexander.