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MedSchool Maryland Productions Wins Regional EMMY for Rosewood Documentary

Friday, July 13, 2012

 "Departing Rosewood" is another award-winning film from MedSchool Maryland Productions.

By Heather Graham Phelps

Susan Hannah Hadary and John Anglim, producers for MedSchool Maryland Productions, have won a regional EMMY® for their documentary Departing Rosewood. John accepted the EMMY on their behalf during the 54th EMMY Awards ceremony, held on June 16, 2012, at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Generally given to commercial, cable and public television stations, this EMMY recognized their documentary in the category of Program Specials in Public/Current/Community Affairs. Departing Rosewood won out against a piece on education reform produced by WRC-TV, an NBC affiliate in DC, and a piece on fighting crime that was produced by WTKR, a CBS affiliate in Norfolk, VA.

Departing Rosewood depicts the life of Steven Corderman, now 37, as he transitioned to life in the community from life at the Rosewood Center, a facility for individuals with developmental delays, which was closed by Governor Martin O’Malley's administration in 2009. Profiling Steven’s journey from institution to society, Departing Rosewood premiered in a primetime slot on Maryland Public Television on March 23, 2011. After an application and interview process, MedSchool Maryland Productions had been selected by the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, the Developmental Disabilities Administration of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities to produce the documentary.

Located in Owings Mills in Baltimore County, the Rosewood Center closed its doors for good on June 30, 2009, as deemed necessary by the State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Founded in 1888 as an asylum for the “feeble-minded,” Rosewood had, many times, garnered negative attention and criticism about the care of its residents. In the 1960s, a movement to deinstitutionalize people with developmental disabilities caught wind. The trend continues today, with more and more people being integrated into general society, although, as of June 2010, over 35,000 people with such disabilities were still living in institutions in the United States. Steven Corderman is one of the very lucky ones. Departing Rosewood illustrates his severe delays but also captures the endearing spirit of a young man who wants to do the right thing and be a good person—after too many years of being misunderstood, mistreated, institutionalized and isolated from his parents.

With a sweet disposition and a desire to achieve more out of his life, Steven speaks often of enrolling in school, getting a new job and becoming a productive member of society. He is excited about the prospect of ordering pizza on his own. You see him figure out how to use the key to open the front door of his very first apartment on his own. John describes these elements of the film as moments. “These are the pieces, the bits of Steven’s life, on which his story turns. We see these intimate moments as he encounters these things – things, typically, the rest of us take for granted – for the first time,” he said.

Steven’s last day at Rosewood was February 16, 2009. John was in the car with Steven on this day as they drove down the drive at Rosewood and out into the world. You sense the apprehension, the wonder and the excitement as John’s camera studies Steven’s face.

MedSchool Maryland Productions is the production facility at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and has produced over 30 hours of programming for Discovery, Discovery Health and HBO.  OSCAR® winning producer Susan Hadary has three decades of productions documenting the world of individuals with special needs. For the past five years, she has partnered with producer/photojournalist John Anglim, who films and edits their collaborative work. John is the recipient of multiple EMMY awards and is nationally recognized for his photojournalism. Their combined awards roster boasts an OSCAR, a Peabody Award, and more than a dozen EMMY awards. Departing Rosewood is their first broadcast documentary collaboration; however, they have co-produced numerous programs for the Lasker Foundation, The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and - in particular - the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

In fact, most of the work they do now is commissioned. If you have ever attended a School of Medicine Fund for Medicine gala or a University of Maryland Founders Week gala, you have seen the video production work of this very talented team. Their intimate relationship with the University of Maryland shines through in their products.

“We very much encourage the School of Medicine and other schools on this campus to include us when they write proposals or if they are thinking about training materials, public relations materials or fundraising videos,” said Susan. “Talk to us about your ideas. We would love to brainstorm with you about how we can help translate your ideas into video,” she added.

For more information on MedSchool Maryland Productions and how they can help develop and produce a promotional piece for your department, contact Susan at (410) 706-5497 or shadary@som.umaryland.edu.

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