My photograph of Virginia Friedman is the cover of last weeks Charleston City Paper.  Be sure to pick up a copy or click here to read the full story written by Stratton Lawrence.  Here is an excerpt:

Some cry foul at the shutting down of CofC’s Center for the Documentary

The Final Cut

by Stratton Lawrence

Virginia Friedman may be out of a job, but the awards keep rolling in. Last month, her film Tap Out took the Southern Lens Independent Vision Award at the 2011 Beaufort International Film Festival. In May, the environmental documentary will air at the Charleston International Film Festival.

But the film’s recent success is overshadowed by one simple fact: the Center for the Documentary, which spearheaded the project, no longer exists. And when CofC decided to shut down the Center last summer, Friedman’s years of employment at the college abruptly ended. At the end of her time at the school, Friedman was CofC’s president of academic media and director of the Center for the Documentary. Prior to that, she was the school’s vice president of communications and college relations.

Friedman’s reputation is impressive. She’s a two-time regional Emmy Award winner, who took home prizes for the Holocaust survivor documentary For Every Person There is a Name and the civil rights retrospective Where Do We Go from Here?

“She is a person of exceptional talent,” remarks Alex Sanders, a former president of the College of Charleston. “I have worked with many documentary makers on the national scene, including 60 Minutes and Meet the Press, and I’ve never worked with a producer with whom I was more impressed than Virginia Friedman.”

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