Thursday, September 4, 2014

Screenwriting Student Receives Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship

Basile and Anne Uddo with Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship recipient Eric Hollerbach.Basile and Anne Uddo with Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship recipient Eric Hollerbach.

A University of New Orleans graduate student received a boost to his moviemaking plans when he received the University's third Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship last week. 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.

"The purpose of the scholarship is to foster creativity," said attorney Basile Uddo, who was on hand Wednesday along with his wife Anne to present the annual award.

Eric Hollerbach, a New Jersey native and veteran of the film scene in Los Angeles, is the third UNO student to receive the annual screenwriting scholarship. Hollerbach, raised in Long Valley, NJ, started doing stand-up open mic performances at 16 in New York City, he said, "but was quickly seduced by talent at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Theater."

After several years of study, he performed in "The Spin," an improvised show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Theater based entirely on a current political news story chosen by a citizen audience and directed by Doug Moe. Hollerbach then headed to Los Angeles, where he worked on reality shows while continuing to perform at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and Monkey Butler Comedy, a comedy club based in Studio City, Calif.

For the last two years Hollerbach has focused on stand-up comedy and his emerging screenwriting career, ge said. Hollerbach, a first-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Film Arts degree in Screenwriting at UNO, has produced several of his own projects, including: "Damien Shadows PI" and "Suppressed Inventions."

A feature-length short horror film anthology compiled by Hollerbach and entitled "Theater of the Deranged II" was bought by Troma and is due out in October on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD. Hollerbach's signature character Damien Shadows serves as host.

Hollerbach is "obviously a talented and creative young man," said Basile Uddo, who said that his family is "pleased" that the scholarship will be a part of Hollerbach's resume and future

His son, Joseph Patrick Uddo died an untimely death on December 7, 2008, at age 33. A New Orleans native and a graduate of Jesuit High School of New Orleans, he attended the New York Film Academy, where he taught after graduation.

Joseph Patrick 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 created 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, an annual award will be made to an entering graduate student who is pursuing a Master of Film Arts degree in screenwriting.

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

Hollerbach's name now graces an engraved plaque that hangs in the University's Performing Arts Center. Listed too are: Mark Twain Williams, who received the inaugural scholarship in December, 2012, and Katheryn Warzak, the second UNO graduate student to receive the generous award. 



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