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NOVA Teachers, Students in Web TV Series

4 January 2014 No Comment

Kathryn O'Sullivan

The web television series “Thurston,” which features the work of producers and actors from Northern Virginia Community College, has been nominated for four 2014 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) awards.

According to the official “Thurston” website, the show is a “Western drama about the residents of a remote mining town and their struggle for survival in the 1880’s Kansas Ozarks.”

“Thurston” was created by Kathryn O’Sullivan, a Manassas campus communication and theater studies instructor. Former NOVA faculty member Paul Awad is a co-executive producer with O’Sullivan.

Loudoun campus communication and theater studies instructor Lisa Nanni-Messegee and Loudoun campus student Garrett Brennan are actors on the show. Former NOVA faculty member Todd Messegee and three other former NOVA students are also involved with “Thurston.”

The show is nominated for best dramatic series (O’Sullivan and Awad), best directing (Awad), best cinematography (Awad) and best male performance in a drama.

The series has primarily been filmed in Virginia and in Maryland. Filming locations in Virginia include Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, Spotsylvania County Historic Courthouse in Spotsylvania and Virginia City in Wytheville.

The 2014 IAWTV Awards will be live-streamed online on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

According to the IAWTV, nominees will be voted on by the digital entertainment professionals who comprise the IAWTV membership.

O’Sullivan, Awad and Nanni-Messegee plan on attending the ceremony.

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