Alison Victor, the manager of The Depot, which offers free live music and films on the lower level of the Student Center, books plenty of entertainment for the campus -- but she is a star in her own right. Victor's documentary about a group of disabled sailors, "Sailors First," aired on television nationwide, received top billing at the Berkeley Film Festival, and brought Victor a 2005 Emmy scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "I beat out all the Ivy Leaguers," she says, with a quick hand punch to the sky. "Go Gators!"
After 13 years playing lead guitar with a number of bands including AC/DShe, an all-girl AC/DC tribute band, Victor decided it was time for "grown-up stuff" and enrolled in classes at SFSU. She earned her bachelor's degree in radio and television in 2004 before enrolling in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts master's program earlier this year.
Working with the disabled sailors taught her that it's "not what happened to you in your life but how you deal with it," Victor says. "These are people who can't get out of their beds on their own in the morning yet they go sailing."
Over the summer Victor worked on a documentary about cloggers who represent the United States at cultural festivals around the world. Professor Miriam Smith is executive producer. Recently she has worked with KTVU broadcaster Fred Inglis (M.A., '86) on a documentary focused on disabled hockey players who skate on sleds. An aspiring professor, Victor plans to continue making documentaries and earn a doctorate.
When she's not behind the camera, Victor can be found with her nose in a good book or on her bicycle. She will admit to at least one guilty pleasure, however. "Watching TV talk shows like Montel, Oprah and dare I say it, Jerry Springer. That's a pretty guilty pleasure for a media student."
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