A professor emerita from the Department of Visual and Media Arts who has dedicated her career to animation and short films will now serve as the ultimate peer in her industry -- as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Deanna Morse, who retired from Grand Valley in 2013 as a professor emerita of film and video production, is one of more than 800 professionals invited this year to join the academy. Morse, who is part of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch, will participate in the nomination and voting process for the Oscars.
"I love to watch films and watch them critically and be able to make a judgment, so this is right in my wheelhouse," said Morse, who has served on dozens of juries and selection committees for film competitions. She was once dubbed a "super screener" by the Ann Arbor Film Festival for screening 370 films that year.