There aren't many Academy Awards floating around Jamaica Plain, but there's one more in the neighborhood thanks to Georden West, who won a Student Academy Award for their short film Patron Saint.
West's film won the gold medal in the Alternative/Experimental category for their film that was made while West was an MFA student at Emerson College. West is now an affiliated faculty member at Emerson College.
West describes the 7-minute film as a reimagining of religion and history as queer deities, said West to Emerson Today.
“Patron Saint is a step towards demonstrating the power of fashion and media to unpack traditional conventions of gender, race, and sexuality,” West said in a statement to Emerson Today. “Our filmic collaboration strives to rebuild a world reimagining power dynamics and elevating the queer body to the celestial."