SUNY Potsdam student wins first place in national Oscar Experience Talent Search
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 5:30 pm

POTSDAM – A SUNY Potsdam student will be on stage at the Oscars next Sunday.

ChaRon Brabham, a junior theater major and an aspiring filmmaker from Brooklyn, has been named the first place winner in the national Oscar Experience Talent Search, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU.

Brabham won top honors for her video entry. Entrants had to submit a 30-second video answering the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”

Brabham, who is also a student ambassador for the college’s admissions office, submitted a black and white short film which can be seen at

“As an aspiring film director, I have plans to both educate and broaden horizons for the future of children, showing them that life isn’t always so easy, but that greatness will always be attainable if you work towards your dreams,” she said. “For me, film is a continuous change, but always goes back to those big ideas. I want to take those ideas and make them blossom like flowers, into a new era of film.”

Along with the other top five entrants, Brabham will appear live on stage to deliver Oscar statuettes to ceremony presenters at the Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24.

And she will be treated to a visit to The Academy Library to see its renowned memorabilia collections; studio tours; and a meet-and-greet with this year’s Academy Award nominees in the short film category.