Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting Established To Honor Local Film Professional
(December 7, 2011, New Orleans, La.)-
The Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation has established a screenwriting scholarship at the University of New Orleans to honor the memory of a New Orleans native and his love of films and filmmaking.
Joseph Patrick Uddo died untimely, at the age of 33, on December 7, 2008. The graduate of Jesuit High School attended the New York Film Academy, where he also taught after graduation. He was a screenwriter and camera operator who worked on several feature length films including "Monster's Ball" and "Stranger Than Fiction." Mr. Uddo's friends and family established the Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation, a Louisiana nonprofit corporation, to create an enduring memorial to him. Although Mr. Uddo was not a UNO alumnus, his family wanted to honor his memory in a way that reflected his love of filmmaking.
Today, on the third anniversary of Mr. Uddo's death, the foundation that bears his name made a gift of $40,000 to establish the Joseph Patrick Uddo Scholarship in Screenwriting at the University of New Orleans. The annual award will be made to an entering graduate student who is pursuing a Master of Film Arts degree in screenwriting. The first award will be made in the fall semester of 2012.
"Joseph was passionate about filmmaking and especially about the art of screenwriting," said Paul Uddo, Joseph's brother and the president of the Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation. "This scholarship is intended to encourage and support others who share that passion. We are fortunate to have an outstanding film school here at UNO and we believe that this is a fitting place to memorialize Joseph, and to share his love of filmmaking with other young artists."
"The University of New Orleans is truly grateful for the generosity of the Uddo family and the Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation," said Susan Krantz, dean of the UNO College of Liberal Arts. "By establishing a named scholarship in screenwriting, Joseph's loved ones have assured that he will continue to create new stories to be told through film. In this way, his talent and his passion live in the emerging filmmakers of today and tomorrow."
The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world's most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city's foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city's industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 100 countries. Today UNO offers more than 50 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.
The Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation has been established by Joe’s friends and family to create an enduring memorial to Joe. The Foundation is a Louisiana non-profit corporation managed by a board comprised of Paul Uddo, Greg Uddo, Marc Uddo and Cameron Henry. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Joe and his love of films and filmmaking.
Family and FriendsJoe will always be remembered by friends and family as a passionate person who was never shy about expressing his opinions. He loved to debate and he thought ideas were important. He loved books and movies and knowledge, especially when they helped him win a game of Trivial Pursuit. He developed a love for chess and took great pride in teaching kids the joy of “checkmate”. But, his true passion was writing, whether poetry or prose, the written word tapped into his artistic life-blood, which gave him purpose. Eventually, he came to believe that films were the most effective medium for the written word because they combined language with artistry and imagery to create a fuller artistic experience. Yet, in the end, what was most important to Joe was his family and friends. He was fiercely loyal and expected the same. He loved with the vulnerable passion of an artist. His memory will always be this simple truth: he loved intensely.
"Joseph Patrick Uddo Foundation" TEL: (504) 512 - 1759
P.O. Box 269
141 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
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