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Christopher Nicholson of Shaler won two 2013 Telly Awards for his documentary “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library.”

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Noteworthy: The independent filmmaker recently won two Telly Awards for his documentary “Haunted States of America: The Carnegie Free Library,” which explores the reports and legends about paranormal activity at the 100-year-old Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville, Fayette County. Nicholson's film will be screened at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland.

Residence: Shaler

Family: Wife, Patricia

Background: Nicholson is an independent filmmaker and owner of Nichol Plated Pictures, which creates narrative and documentary films, corporate videos, online content and marketing and communications. He is an adjunct professor in the media arts department at Robert Morris University.

Education: Nicholson has a bachelor's degree in communications from Clarion University and attended Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He earned a master's degree in fine arts in film and digital technology from Chatham University in 2012.

Quote: “I was able to enter my film in the competition because the deadline for entries was extended, so I was surprised that I won anything. I feel very honored to receive these awards because they are recognition for all the long hours and effort I put into this project.”

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