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Alumna captures Emmy nomination

June 25, 2010

The bloodshed of labor strife is topic of Emmy-nominated film co-produced by Chapman alumna Brenda Brkusic.

Brenda Brkusic (BFA/FTV ’04) has been nominated for an Emmy Award along with co-producer Jack Baric for their film Bloody Thursday, a documentary about the longshoremen of San Francisco and their fight to form a union.

On July 5, 1934, police killed two longshoremen at a massive dockworker strike in San Francisco, a tragedy known as Bloody Thursday. The tragic events turned public opinion against the shipping companies and led the citizens of San Francisco to go on a general strike in support of the dockworkers. This precipated the formation of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, now known worldwide as the ILWU.

Brenda Brkusic

Last year Brkusic, channel manager of KOCE-TV’s OC Channel, won the prestigious Telly Award for her film Freedom from Despair. The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenda Brkusic permalink
    June 27, 2010 10:55 am

    Thanks for the mention! The film was co-directed by another Alumn, Jared Cotton. Chris Burke, a graduate of Yale was the other co-director.

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