A group of University of Central Florida students picked up a College Emmy award Wednesday for a documentary they produced on challenges to academic freedom at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s.
Filthy Dreamers, the first UCF film ever nominated for a College Emmy, went up against entries from Chapman University in Orange, California, and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
The film details the battle between the college and the Florida lawmakers and religious activists who sought to ban classes and textbooks on evolution. The combined forces said the material was “corrupting young women’s minds” and called the students “filthy dreamers.”
Filthy Dreamers was created by students from the 2013 and 2015 advanced documentary workshop class of The Burnett Honors College at UCF, with associate professor of history Robert Cassanello and associate professor of film Lisa Mills working as faculty advisors on the project.
The film also features an interview with former governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who’s mother was among the so-called “filthy dreamers.”
Three of the 21 students involved in the project, Derek Loucks, Kristina League and Ramsey Khawaja traveled to Los Angeles to accept the award and participate in a summit and development workshops at the Television Academy.