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Team at Half Dome in Yosemite with UC Students Alex Arkeilpane, Jeff Miller, Professor Kevin Burke, Jay Nellis, E-Media Alum Brian Leitten, Callie Peters, Benjamin Proctor, Tim Neumann, Hannah Marie Lewis and Emad Rashidi.

During the 2012-13 academic year, thirty-three University of Cincinnati students from four different academic programs at CCM, DAAP and A&S produced and The 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary, which will air nationally on MAVTV in March 2014. MAVTV is a general entertainment cable and satellite television network channel available throughout the US on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems, as well as Dish Network and DirecTV satellite television systems. The program will air as part of MAVTV's Adventure Month in March 2014. The project secured a three-year exclusive distribution agreement for the 2013 and 2014 Gold Rush Expedition Races to air on MAVTV in 2015 and 2016 as well.

In August 2013, nine students from four academic programs at DAAP, A&S and CCM worked with Professor Burke, Brian Leitten and three other television and film professionals during the production of the 2013 Gold Rush Expedition Race Gold Rush Mother Lode Expedition Race in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Yosemite National Park as an international filed of racers engaged in fast packing/trekking, mountain biking, navigating, paddling and cliff rappelling. The race is part of the Adventure Racing World Series.. During Fall Semester, enrolled students are logging and transcribing the hundreds of hours of race footage and building the narrative structure for the documentary. In Spring Semester 2014, students enrolled in Professor Burke's Special Topics course will be joined by a group of students from Graphic Communication Design Professor Yoshiko Burke's Independent Study: Studio Topics course to edit the documentary and build all graphic maps, titles and animations.

Sponsored by the UC Forward Collaborative, an initiative from the Provost's Office at UC that emphasizes experiential learning in an interdisciplinary setting, the 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary was a joint effort between Professor Kevin Burke of the Electronic Media Division at CCM and Brian Leitten, a UC Alumnus in E-Media who now works professionally as a television and film producer/director with Hyperion XIII Productions and online entertainment channel, VEVO.

There is a "behind the scenes" video about the process of making the 2012 Gold Rush Expedition Race documentary at:

There are multiple video clips about the 2012 and 2013 Gold Rush documentaries at its YouTube site:

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posted November, 2013







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