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Tulane professor lauded at Movieguide awards in Los Angeles

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This is a news release from Tulane

Harry Kleinman, an English professor at Tulane’s Mississippi Coast Campus, was recently bestowed first runner-up at the Movieguide Awards which took place in Los Angeles on Friday, February 5, 2016. Kleinman received first runner-up for the Kairos Prize which honors first-time screenwriters. The 2016 Movieguide Awards was hosted by Joe Mantegna from the hit CBS series Criminal Minds.    

Harry Kleinman received the award for his screenplay “Wind and a Prayer” which chronicles the story of Lieutenant Danji Tanaka, a pacifist training to become a kamikaze pilot for the Empire of Japan in 1945. Instead of accepting his fate, Tanaka escapes on a hot air balloon which Japanese soldiers intended to fill with explosives. Tanaka eventually escapes and reaches the mountains of Oregon where he experiences numerous adventures and saves two lives. Once the war concludes, Tanaka goes home to Japan where he is reunited with his mother and sister.  

Harry Kleinman received a sizable monetary prize and was flown to and hosted in Hollywood for the ceremony. Movieguide specializes in promoting family-oriented and spiritually uplifting television programs, movies and screenplays. Kleinman, who began teaching at Tulane’s Mississippi Coast Campus in 2010, was selected first runner-up among a pool of 520 entries for the Kairos Prize.

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