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Web television series with NOVA faculty nominated for international awards

The web television series “Thurston,” which features the work of producers and actors from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), is nominated for four 2014 International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) awards.

According to the official “Thurston” website, the show is a “Western drama about the residents of a remote mining town and their struggle for survival in the 1880’s Kansas Ozarks.”

“Thurston” was created by Kathryn O’Sullivan, a NOVA-Manassas communication and theater studies instructor. Former NOVA faculty member Paul Awad is a co-executive producer with O’Sullivan.

NOVA-Loudoun communication and theater studies instructor Lisa Nanni-Messegee and NOVA-Loudoun student Garrett Brennan are actors on the show. Former NOVA faculty member Todd Messegee and three other former NOVA students are also involved with “Thurston.”

The show is nominated for best dramatic series (O’Sullivan and Awad), best directing (Awad), best cinematography (Awad) and best male performance in a drama.

The series has primarily been filmed in Virginia and in Maryland. Filming locations in Virginia include Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, Spotsylvania County Historic Courthouse in Spotsylvania and Virginia City in Wytheville.

The 2014 IAWTV Awards will be live-streamed online on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The ceremony will be held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

According to the IAWTV, nominees will be voted on by the digital entertainment professionals who comprise the IAWTV membership.

O’Sullivan, Awad and Nanni-Messegee plan on attending the ceremony.

Media Contact: Corey Byers | 703.425.5847 | CByers@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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