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Figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir in promotional artwork for the documentary film 'To Russia With Love.'

Figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir in promotional artwork for the documentary film 'To Russia With Love.'

CCM Alumna Jennifer Honn-Rennie Nominated for GLAAD Media Award

CCM alumna Jennifer Honn-Rennie.

CCM alumna Jennifer Honn-Rennie.

CCM alumna Jennifer Honn-Rennie's (BFA Electronic Media, 1992) was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for her work on the documentary To Russia With Love.

Produced for the EPIX premium cable and satellite television network, the film follows several athletes and activists – including figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir, tennis legend and official US Olympic delegate Billie Jean King, speedskater Anastasia Bucsis and Russian LGBT Sport Federation co-chair Konstantin Yablotskiy – as they prepare for the Sochi Olympic Games, hoping to inspire LGBT Russians.

First held in 1990, the GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

To Russia With Love was one of five films nominated in the category of Best Documentary this year. You can learn more about all of this year's nominees by visiting www.glaad.org/mediaawards, or watching the video below. The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in LA on March 21 and in New York City on May 9, 2015.

Honn-Rennie's original aspiration was to become a producer, but stepping in for an absent editor lead to a new love. “I told my boss that I wanted to switch to editing and I've never looked back,” she said.

Her editing work on the show Rome: Engineering an Empire garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award in 2007. In 2011, she worked on the Steven Spielberg-produced documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.

During her junior year at CCM, Honn-Rennie received the Procter & Gamble Award from the Division of Electronic Media (CCM E-Media). The award sent her to New York where she worked on the soap opera Guiding Light during the summer of 1991. 

After graduating, Honn-Rennie moved to New York to return to the set of the soap opera. A connection she made through work led to a job as a production assistant for a documentary production company. She has been working happily in documentary production ever since.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the career I've had,” Honn-Rennie said, “and it was all kick-started by the E-Media program.”

Her advice to current E-Media students is to be willing to help and to learn. “Please take it from me,” she said, “hard work, passion and ambition will get you there for sure.”

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