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While at Duke, James Robinson majored in Environmental Science & Policy and received a Documentary Studies Certificate. His short documentary, “Louisiana’s Missing Coast”, was named a 2020 Student Academy Awards Finalist by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a participant in the 2019-2020 StudioDuke program, Robinson worked with a mentor, CDS alum and filmmaker Ryan White ’04, to take his film and his interest in filmmaking to the next level. The film also received funding and mentoring support from Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies. And Robinson’s multimedia exploration of land loss in Louisiana earned him a 2020 Koonz Prize from the Duke Human Rights Center.

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