Amy Lamb Memorial Scholarship
2015 WIFM Scholarship Winners
Front: Mina Hoffman, PPU; Sheryland Neal, Chatham; Hannah Snyder, PPU;
Back: Lisa Smith-Reed; Jessica Pachuta; Jeannee Josefcyzk; Donna Belajac; Faith Dickinson
Enrolled as a full time student in a two or four year undergraduate or graduate program during the academic year 2019.
Currently attending an accredited college or university within Southwestern Pennsylvania
Majoring in Film, Media or a related area of study.
The Applications will be reviewed by the Amy Lamb Memorial Scholarship Committee. All submissions will be reviewed to determine an applicant’s dedication to her program, the quality and merits of the work completed, and volunteer service, if any, given to the community.
Amy Lamb Remembrance
Friends of Amy Lamb have created a Scholarship Fund to honor Amy and her incredible contributions to the film community, as well as to continue her mentoring spirit.
Scholarship applications will be accepted from January to March of every year. Applications will be reviewed by a Committee comprised of Donna Belajac, Chelle Robinson, Jeannee Josefczyk, Stephanie Boccabella, Joyce Wilson, Michele Dupepe and Carol Vitkay.
The committee will choose a recipient and award the scholarship annually at the Women in Film and Media’s Opal Awards.
In the sometimes contentious world of film production, Amy Lamb, co-founder of Lumiere Films, held a special place in Pittsburgh: Respected for her skill, taste and dedication, she was equally adored for her generous personality and gentle humor.
“You didn’t mind breaking your back for her because she would always break her back for you,” said “East of Liberty” director Chris Ivey, who got his start in film at Lumiere. “Always with a smile, always with love and always with the most dignity, she was always there. And she had a real eye for beauty.”
Ms. Lamb died on October 26, 2011 from a second bout with cancer; she had survived breast cancer more than a decade ago. She was 56 and lived in Mount Washington with her partner of more than 20 years, Ana Kelly, and their two dogs.
“Amy was an integral part of the film scene in Pittsburgh,” said Dawn Keezer, director of Pittsburgh Film Office, where Ms. Lamb served as a board member.
“Her loss is going to be felt. She was like a fairy godmother, adopting people and giving them a start — people who have moved on to prominent positions. We lost a really great person, and the entire film industry owes her a huge debt of gratitude.”
A native of New Milford, Susquehanna County, Ms. Lamb graduated from Penn State in 1977 with a degree in filmmaking and moved to Pittsburgh to start her career.
In 1994 she co-founded Lumiere Films with John Rice as a complete production company, making commercials, corporate films and video projects. The firm’s work has received numerous industry awards.
Ms. Lamb worked on major commercials and large Hollywood films shooting in Pittsburgh (“The Next Three Days”, “The Road”) but would also dedicate her energy to small, independent projects with emerging filmmakers.
By John Allison, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette