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Recent Chatham University MFA graduate Christopher Nicholson wins two Telly Awards for documentary “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library”

PITTSBURGH—Christopher Nicholson, who received his MFA in film and digital technology from Chatham University in 2012, was selected as the winner of two Telly Awards for his piece titled “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library.”

Nicholson’s film won Telly Awards in two categories: Achievement in History/Biography Non-Broadcast Production Achievement in Low Budget Documentary. Nicholson’s film was selected from 11,000 national and international entries.

In the documentary, the filmmaker explores the legend of the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, Pa. Since the library was opened in 1903 the presence of paranormal activity has filled the rooms of the library. The film gives us insight about the legends, the experiences and follows investigators as they explore the “other” history of a historical landmark.



A panel of judges included more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Mr. Nicholson’s accomplishment illustrates his creativity, skill, and dedication to his craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

About Christopher Nicholson
Christopher Nicholson is an award-winning independent filmmaker and owner of Nichol Plated Pictures, which produces, creates, directs and edits content for various media, including narrative films, documentary films, web content, and marketing communications. Nicholson is also an adjunct professor in the media arts department at Robert Morris University. He is a graduate Chatham University’s MFA in Digital Technology program and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. To learn more about Nicholson or Nichol Plated Pictures visit

About the Telly Awards
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

About the MFA in Film and Digital Technology program at Chatham University
The MFA in Film and Digital Technology program is focused on advanced project work in a range of media production areas, principally film/video, DVD and the Web. It is designed to extend and develop students’ experience and knowledge in the field of media production and their understanding of creative and critical practice within the media industries. Students in this MFA graduate program are encouraged to explore the ways boundaries between previously separate forms of media production are blurring. Students will focus on developing their understanding of how emerging concepts such as interactivity, connectivity and convergence of emerging technologies such as DVD and interactive video are creating new creative possibilities, production processes and delivery systems for more traditional forms of media production, such as film and video.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region throughout the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility, and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit