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Los Angeles, CA 13 December 2016– Five finalists from schools across the country have been invited to attend the 53nd Annual CAS Awards, on February 18th, where the recipient of the CAS Student Recognition Award will be revealed and presented with a $2500 check.

“It is always exciting to announce the finalists for the CAS Student Recognition Award. These talented students represent the future of our art form and they will contribute to the legacy of those who have come before them,” said CAS President Mark Ulano. “The Student Recognition Awards Committee reviewed and evaluated all the applications and they were challenged to whittle the list down to five. We congratulate and welcome these five student finalists to our sound family.”

The CAS Student Recognition Award Finalists are:

Jeremy Culver
Baylor University – Waco, TX

Sam Wenrui Fan
Chapman University – Orange, CA

Sammy Duff
Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, GA

Lauren Johnson
University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA

Matthew Kluchin
University of Texas at Austin—Austin, TX

Eligibility for the CAS Student Recognition Award is open to any student enrolled and in good standing in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at an accredited college or university. Students may be pursuing any major (indeed, many current CAS members majored in music, psychology, English, engineering and other fields); but should have a demonstrated interest and some experience in production and/or post-production sound for film and television.

The Award will be presented at a sealed envelope dinner on February 18th in the Bunker Hill Ballroom of the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza. During the awards, as previously announced, the highest honor of the CAS – the CAS Career Achievement Award will be presented to Production Mixer John Pritchett and the CAS Filmmaker Award will be presented to Jon Favreau.

On the evening of the Awards the Cinema Audio Society website will be updated in real time as the winners are announced.

To cover CAS awards, pitch presenters or donate to a very special gift bag for the student finalists please contact Dorothea Sargent at Or call 818.786.4744 or 310.779.6848

For CAS Awards Sponsorship and Advertising: IngleDodd Media or call 310.207.4410

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