|Volume 36, Number 6||November 6, 2003|
Breitenbach wins coveted Princess Grace film award
Travis Breitenbach is ready to take one on the chin. The RIT student
filmmaker expects to grow a beard—a mustache, too—for his senior thesis
production, A Kiss Without a Mustache is Like Egg Without Salt.
Breitenbach says the documentary will explore the history and culture of
“The razor is the most commonly used tool among American men,” he
reflects. “It’s used even more often than the toothbrush,
Breitenbach can count on some financial assistance for his imaginative
project after winning the Princess Grace Award—an annual salute to top
young aspiring artists in theater, dance and film. The honor comes with a
This is the fourth consecutive year that an undergraduate student from
the School of Film and Animation has received the Princess Grace Award.
It’s the fifth such honor for the school overall. Breitenbach, whose entry
featured a collection of his previous films, was chosen by SOFA faculty to
be this year’s sole RIT undergraduate representative.
“Even receiving the nomination from faculty to apply for this award was
quite an honor,” he explains. “Looking back on it all, I’m very proud to
realize what I’ve accomplished.”
Breitenbach is a talented young artist with “a sly and intelligently
playful spirit,” says Howard Lester, SOFA chair. Lester believes the
school’s recent run of Princess Grace Awards highlights the quality of its
“Four years in a row! What other undergraduate film and animation
program has achieved that level of recognition?”
The awards are made possible by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
During her lifetime, Princess Grace of Monaco helped many aspiring artists
pursue their career goals. That inspired her family to create the
foundation in her memory.
The award has inspired Breitenbach to maintain his career focus. After graduation, he’ll pursue work doing field production for documentaries with the potential for travel to foreign countries.
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