A television documentary produced by students in The University of Montana School of Journalism is a finalist in the 2013 New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards.

Interim Dean of the UM School of Journalism Denise Dowling says “Boom! Behind the Bakken” is one of seven student films nominated for a medal in the awards, which honor the world’s best TV and films.

Last spring, 13 UM students traveled to the Bakken oil fields in eastern Montana and western North Dakota to document the impact of oil exploration on people, the economy and the environment. The resulting documentary premiered in May on MontanaPBS and also aired on North Dakota’s Prairie Public Television.

Dowliing says the results will be released sometime in early March, and should the UM filmmakers be in the top three, they will receive a medal, and go to Las Vegas to receive their awards.

Interim UM School of Journalism dean Denise Dowling