This year's recipients of the Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarships are Beth Ebisch, Kathleen Gaeta, Carlos Macher, and Amelia Tyson.
Kathleen Gaeta is a documentary filmmaker who splits her focus between social and environmental issues. She comes from a writing and storytelling background as a reporter and is currently working towards her MFA at American University. She hopes to continue bridging her two passions together into inspiring films about both human beings and the earth.
Beth Ebisch is pursuing her MFA in Environmental and Wildlife filmmaking striving towards a career of impactful storytelling. Beth is interested in producing science and conservation narratives. Her passion is finding stories about the positive influence human experience in the outdoors can have on an individual concerning their relationship with the environment.
Amelia Tyson is a 2020 MFA candidate in film at American University. Some of her projects focus on stories that foster a sense of environmental stewardship and deepen our understanding of social issues related to justice and equality. She is currently in pre-production on her thesis documentary about the resilience of a small bad of Fijian women making a big impact in addressing the effects of extreme weather conditions and climate crisis facing the archipelago that will be filmed in Fiji in 2020.
Carlos Macher is an award-winning filmmaker and actor from Lima, Peru. Based in Washington, DC at American University. In the U.S. has produced and directed several films including the documentaries "Luigi's Story: The A-Word" and "Third Act", was the director of "45 Willow Drive", assistant director for the series "Sam Dates", segment producer for "Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream", and collaborated as cinematographer in the series "The Crossroads" for Bertelsmann Foundation. In Peru worked as a director/producer on “Cuarto Cero”, “El Jardín Perdido” and the pilot series “Visiones”. As an audiovisual producer for the Inter-American Development Bank, he participated in over 30 audiovisual projects for MOOCs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- 2018 Recipients
- Robert Boyd, Mary Alice McMillan, Shannon Shikles, and Amelia Tyson
- 2017 Recipients
- Sirjaut Kaur Dhariwal and Crystal Solberg
- 2016 Recipients
- Ashley Holmes, Megan King, Kent Wagner and Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath
- 2015 Recipients
- Shayna Muller and Sam Sheline
- 2014 Recipients
- Vanina Harel, Marilyn Stone, Jamey Warner, and Nick Zachar
- 2013 Recipients
- Sarah Gulick and Erin Finicane