by Clifton Raphael
Jenks High School Building 5, Room 5231; 918-299-4415, ext. 2258
The Jenks High School Film and TV program is the winner of a 2012 Emmy Award for a short documentary film produced in one of Mr. Raphael's classes. See under Student Recognition for more information.
Filmmaking and Film Studies (2 sections)
Advanced Filmmaking and Film Studies (2 sections)
Emmy Award, Heartland Region, 2012
Emmy Nomination, Heartland Region, 2013
S'Park Media Mentor Award from the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, 2010
JPS Vision of Excellence Award 2007
Emmy Award for Best Newscast (as newscast director with WMC-TV in Memphis, 2000)
Teacher Education and Experience:
MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Screenwriting and Film Studies, Hollins University
BA in English and psychology, Duke University
Member, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (Quartz Mountain) Film & Video Advisory Panel
Member of the Board of Directors, Tulsa's Circle Cinema (on the National Register of Historic Places)
Past member, Scholastic Art Awards Advisory Board (Oklahoma Region)
24 years of experience in TV broadcasting, for an ABC affiliate in Virginia and for the top-rated NBC affiliate in Memphis. Directed newscasts, directed and produced commercials, promos, and public service announcements. Also anchored a Sunday-night sportscast and served as host and field producer of a children's program.
Emmy Awards regional judge for:
Judge for deadCENTER Film Festival (short documentary category)
Guest instructor for deadCENTER University
Praise from nationally prominent filmmakers and writers for work from the JHS film program:
“Wonderful and world class.”
Gray Frederickson, Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders.
(commenting on One Step at a Time, our feature-length documentary following Tulsa Ballet through a groundbreaking season)
“I was very moved by this incredibly personal and raw story. It’s always thrilling to watch someone find their voice.”
Morgan Spurlock, producer and director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Supersize Me!
(commenting on "Losing Luke," student Michael Clark’s film that won best documentary at a New York City film festival, as well as top recognition in YoungArts and other competitions, for total cash awards of $5,000)
“What a beautiful, lyrical, compelling film.”
Andrew Solomon, National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon
(commenting on "The Glass Child," student Danial Gebreili’s short doc that won him top recognition in YoungArts, plus a cash award of $5,000)
Emmy Award, 2012, in the professional (not the student) division of the Heartland chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences--for a film broadcast on our OETA program Behind the Lens with Oklahoma's Future Filmmakers. Few colleges and few (if any) high schools have received Emmy Awards in the professional division. To win the Emmy, Crystal Kayiza's film outscored entries from two TV stations in Denver, a major TV market (19th largest in the country). Our student's film tied for the Emmy with an entry from the Denver Post, which has been practicing journalism since 1892.
Emmy nomination, 2013, in the professional division of the Heartland NATAS chapter, for a film broadcast on our OETA program Behind the Lens with Oklahoma's Future Filmmakers. In securing the nomination, Michael Whitten's film outscored entries from the top-rated TV station in Denver (the 19th-largest TV market in the country), from an Oklahoma university's award-winning broadcasting program, and from other regional TV and video professionals.
The top awards in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) YoungArts program for four years in a row--more such awards than any other high school film or video program in the country. The YoungArts program is so prestigious that it is regularly featured in a series of documentaries on HBO and is the exclusive nominating program for Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the most distinguished program for high school visual and performing arts students.
From 2010-2013, our film program had the only finalist from the state of Oklahoma from among any of the nine arts disciplines featured in the YoungArts program.
NFAA finalist 2013--one of 150 students (out of 10,000 nationwide applicants) awarded an all-expense-paid week in Miami studying with creative professionals; also awarded a cash prize of $3,000.
NFAA finalist 2012--one of 150 students (out of more than 5,000 nationwide applicants) awarded an all-expense-paid week in Miami to study with creative professionals; also awarded a cash prize of $5,000. This student was also named a Presidential Scholars in the Arts semifinalist.
NFAA finalist 2011--one of 150 students (out of more than 5,000 nationwide applicants) awarded an all-expense-paid week in Miami to study with creative professionals; also awarded a cash prize of $10,000 and an all-expense-paid week in New York City. This student was also named a Presidential Scholars in the Arts semifinalist.
NFAA finalist 2010--one of 150 students (out of more than 6,000 nationwide applicants) awarded an all-expense-paid week in Miami to study with creative professionals; also awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid week in New York city. This student was also named a Presidential Scholars in the Arts semifinalist.
Two students named Park Scholars to the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, to a large extent based on their documentary work for their JHS film class. These two students received scholarships valued at $50,000 per year, including full tuition, room and board, $2500 toward purchase of a computer, plus an all-expense-paid semester in New York, D.C., L.A. or London AND an all-expense-paid semester anywhere in the world. From among 500 applicants for the scholarship each year, only 13 are chosen. This was the first time that two students from the same high school were named Park Scholars in the same year.
Wins at every award level in C-Span's national student documentary competition, including the $5,000 grand prize, two $3,000 1st prizes, five 2nd prizes ($1,500 each), eleven 3rd prizes ($750 each), and fifteen honorable mentions ($250 each). One of our 1st-prize winners was also the first C-SPAN winner ever named a "Fan Favorite" by public vote, earning that student an additional $500 (for a total of $3,500).
In 2010, two of our students were the only students--high school or college--to receive press credentials to cover the gubernatorial debate held in Tulsa. In the private press conference following the debate, these students asked questions of each of the candidates, Republican (later elected governor) Mary Fallin and Democrat Jeri Askins.
Three NFAA Honorable Mention Awards for my film students ($250 each), placing those students in the top 3% from among thousands of national entrants.
An NFAA Honorable Mention ($250) for one of my screenwriting students, also placing that student in the top 3% of all creative writing entrants.
Three NFAA Merit Awards ($100 each), placing those students in the top 5% of all national entrants.
In our first year competing (2011) in the Scholastic Arts competition, all four JHS film class students who entered were awarded gold keys--the top regional honor--in the film category. One of these students went on to win a gold medal, the top national recognition, in addition to Best in Grade, the top arts award for a senior nationally.
In our second year competing (2012), all six of our film entrants received Scholastic regional awards--two were awarded gold keys and four were awarded silver. One of these students went on to win a gold medal, the top national recognition, one of just three gold medals awarded from the entire state of Oklahoma among all arts disciplines. Another student won a silver medal, the second-highest national award.
In our third year competing (2013), our film entrants received the two highest Scholastic regional awards--gold key and silver key, as well as a silver medal, the second-highest national award.
In our fourth year competing (2015), our single film entrant received the top Scholastic regional award--a gold key--the only film in the state that year to be so honored.
In our first year competing in the Scholastic Writing Awards (2013), both of our entrants from Screenwriting class received Scholastic regional awards for their screenplays--a silver key and an honorable mention. In our second year competing (2014), our sole entrant received an honorable mention. In our third year competing (2015), two students won the top regional honor, a gold key and one earned the second-place honor, a silver key.
The first and only entirely high-school-produced program on OETA, Oklahoma's PBS affiliate. Several new editions of this program of the best of our student documentary work are broadcast each year on OETA's main statewide channel, with numerous repeats on one of OETA's digital channels, OETA Okla. The most recent editions of this program (called Behind the Lens with Oklahoma's Future Filmmakers) aired on weekdays in primetime.
Our own website of superior student work, www.jpscinema.com The site was recognized by the Webby Awards (the "Oscars of the Internet") as an Official Honoree, winning the same recognition in its categories as the web sites for MTV and the news magazine U.S. News and World Report.
Three Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa Mayfest Young Artists Awards. Five awards of $500 are awarded annually to Tulsa area visual arts students, which includes Cinematic Arts. From among these students, one is chosen to receive the top prize, the Stephanie Jackson Outstanding Young Artist Award, $1,000. Two of our students have been awarded this top distinction for short films produced in their JHS film class.
High acceptance rate plus scholarships to attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.
First place, Oklahoma National History Day competition (individual documentary category). The short documentary film that this student produced in Advanced Filmmaking class was also named a finalist at the national level, placing her work in the top one percent of all entries nationwide.
Linda Jaeger Film and Video Honorarium. $500.
Our students produced a one-hour documentary following Tulsa Ballet through an entire season. The film, One Step at a Time, was called "wonderful and world class" by Gray Frederickson, Oscar-winning producer of The Godfather II, and was broadcast in primetime on OETA's main statewide channel. The film was also one of the first two high school films ever featured in New York's Dance on Camera Film Festival.
Several of our student documentary shorts have screened at Tulsa's historic Circle Cinema.
Several of our student films have screened at deadCENTER, one of the "20 coolest film festivals in the world" (Moviemaker Magazine).