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Television Students Hold Annual Telethon for Film Majors

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication will air the 13th Annual “Friends of Max Kolb Telethon” on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 9 to 10:30 p.m.  The show will air on Hofstra TV channel 35 and will also be streamed live over the Internet at  The telethon, which is produced and directed exclusively by senior television students, has raised more than $48,400 for scholarships for Hofstra film students.

“The telethon does a great job of highlighting the passion and extraordinary effort of Hofstra’s filmmakers,” said Co-Producer Emilie de Sainte Maresville ’14.  “It brings together the film and television departments in a unique way and I’m very proud to be a part of this Hofstra tradition.”

Scholarship recipients may use the award to help offset production costs of their junior or senior films, which can reach upwards of $5,000. Funds raised since the scholarship’s inception have helped support more than fifty student filmmakers as they prepared to launch rewarding careers in the media industry.

The telethon and the Max Kolb Endowed Memorial Scholarship were created to honor Hofstra film student Max Kolb, who died in 2001. The first telethon was a collaboration between Max’s film and television classmates and Associate Professor Peter Gershon, who still serves as faculty adviser to the telecast. It originally aired with a number of minor acts and has grown to include live mainstream musical acts.

This year’s telethon features performances by up and coming artists, including Tedesco, Morning Fuzz, Citris, The Serotones, Hookz, Tina K, and comedian Mike Bialek ’15.  Hot items for auction include two round-trip domestic Jet Blue tickets, Mets and Yankees tickets, as well as VIP tickets to ABC’s, “Live With Kelly and Michael.”

Individuals and businesses who would like to contribute items for auction should contact Dr. Peter Gershon at 516-463-5425 or  For more information on the telethon or to pledge your support, please visit

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