FSU master's candidate receives Kino Lorber EDU/Video Round Table Annual Scholarship to assist future media librarians

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/12/2017


Danielle M. Alderson

Member Relations/Svcs. Specialist


American Library Association



New York — Art-house film distribution company Kino Lorber, Inc., has announced the second annual winner of a scholarship presented in collaboration with the Video Round Table (VRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). David William Rodriguez, a master's candidate at Florida State University, was selected from other online applicants by a panel of VRT members, based on criteria established for the scholarship.

 “Kino Lorber is interested in supporting individuals seeking a career in furthering the use of media in education and David’s impressive application and dedicated interest in the preservation of film materials are inline with our mission,” said Estelle Grosso, Kino Lorber’s Director of Educational Sales and Distribution. The official announcement was made at the VRT Gala, at the ALA conference in Chicago.

The Kino Lorber EDU/Video Round Table Annual Scholarship has two parts – a $1,000 cash award and a trip to New York City for the recipient to attend a film festival and spend a day learning about the distribution business from the professionals at Kino Lorber.

Volunteers assisting with selection included current chair of the VRT Brian Boling (Temple University), Laura Jenemann (George Mason University) and Andrew Horbal (University of Maryland).

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber says the scholarship “aligns closely with our aim of building audiences for exceptional films.” Lorber has been in the distribution business for over 2 decades, bringing acclaimed narrative and documentary films to North America. He also holds a Doctorate in Art Education from Columbia University. “Media librarians have long been important to film distributors,” Lorber said.  “When we arrived at the idea to provide a scholarship, it was gratifying to be able to ‘give back’, and we are pleased the scholarship has awarded its second recipient. This is a program that will provide dividends for the public, for universities, and for filmmakers, for decades to come.”


Kino Lorber contact
Estelle Grosso
212 629 6880
kinolorber.com and kinolorberedu.com