Cinema professor nominated for Emmy Award

SF State Associate Professor of Cinema Pat Jackson can add "Emmy nominee" to her long list of achievements in sound editing and design. Jackson has received a Primetime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special" for her work on the HBO film "Hemingway and Gellhorn."

Associate Professor of Cinema Pat Jackson has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her sound editing work on HBO's "Hemingway and Gellhorn."

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees July 19. Jackson served as a sound editor on "Hemingway and Gellhorn" and is among several editors and designers nominated for the film.

Jackson’s other sound editing credits include "The Godfather: Part II," "The English Patient" and "Toy Story." This is her first Emmy nomination. She received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award nomination in 1996 for "The English Patient." At SF State, Jackson teaches courses on editing, sound design and directing.

Filmed in the Bay Area, "Hemingway and Gellhorn" tells the story of the tumultuous romance between writer Ernest Hemingway and war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. Jackson was offered the job of sound editing supervisor, but turned the position down because she did not want to take two semesters off from teaching. Still, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to contribute to a film being made locally. As a member of the sound editing team, Jackson blended archival footage with live-action shots and found sounds that recreated the freezing Finnish front during World War II and the tropical ambiance of Hemingway's Cuba.

SF State has a strong reputation in the arts, and Jackson joins a long line of SF State faculty and alumni nominated for major awards in film and television. Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Hamid Khani received a Northern California Emmy Award in 2003 for a children's series he produced for Peninsula TV. Alumni Primetime Emmy Award recipients include Peter Casey (B.A. '75) for "Cheers" and "Frasier" and Glenn Charles (B.A. '68) for "Cheers." SF State alumni have also been nominated for Academy Awards each of the past 13 years.

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Award winners will be announced on Sept. 23 on ABC. To learn more about SF State's cinema department, visit

-- Jonathan Morales