November 13, 2008


Four university students were awarded scholarships. They include Jose Ho-Guanipa of Duke University, Silvestre Grimaldo of California State University Long Beach, and Daniel Reams Jr. and Nicholas Batchelder of California State University Northridge. Additionally, Ryan Erik Lam, a student at Hawaii Pacific University, and Debrah Lemattre, founder of Filmanthrophy, will receive registrations to HPA’s 2009 Technology Retreat.

The J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Awards is open to individuals working in the industry in Southern California or students who intend to live and work in the area upon leaving school and fulfill specific application requirements. In recognition of the instructors’ contributions toward the students’ success, the HPA awards a stipend to the recommending instructors of scholarship winners to be used in support of their scholarly endeavors.

“Encouraging the development of young people who will help shape the future of the post production industry and the continuing education of those already in the industry is central to the mission of the HPA,” notes HPA president Leon Silverman. “We are extremely proud of this year’s group of award winners and pleased to be able to contribute to their education.”

Michael Brinkman was a leading figure in Hollywood’s broadcast and post production communities and a founding member of the HPA. He spent 16 years with Panasonic and prior to that was an award-winning producer/director working in documentary and educational production.