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Five locally produced programs by Pioneer Public Television have been nominated for Emmy Awards to be issued by the Upper Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on October 3, 2015 in Minneapolis. This is the second year in a row that five Upper Midwest Emmy Award nominations have been earned by Pioneer in a single year.
Pioneer staff members Dana Johnson, Andrea Singleton, Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy collaborated on the nominated programs which feature stories about western and southwestern Minnesotans including the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, the Worthington Windsurfing Festival, a chainsaw artist from Madison and a father/son duo of Kinetic and Machine Sculptors from Fergus Falls.
Four of the five nominated programs were featured on Postcards, Pioneer’s weekly art, culture and history program showcasing the people and communities of western and southwestern Minnesota. Here are short descriptions of each nominated program:
Warbirds: A Family Journey originally aired in May, 2015 and features the Ron and Diane Fagen family as they explain the operation and growth of the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls. The program was produced by Dana Johnson with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and additional videography by Ben Dempcy.
Holding the Wind in Your Hands originally aired in December, 2014 as the premiere broadcast of Postcards season six featuring the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. The program was produced by Andrea Singleton and Dana Johnson. Videography and editing was performed by Kristofor Gieske with additional videography by Ben Dempcy.
Passion With A Blade originally aired in May, 2015 as the final broadcast of Postcards sixth season and features Madison, Minn. native Scott Hanson as he talks about his philosophy of being an artist and doing what one loves. Hanson is an internationally acclaimed chainsaw artist who made his first carvings in the early 90s when a windstorm blew down several trees on his parent’s farm. Dana Johnson produced the program. Ben Dempcy was the videographer and editor. Kristofor Gieske created the graphics for the episode.
5,000 Moving Parts originally aired in March, 2015 and features Fergus Falls based kinetic sculptor, Jeffrey Zachmann and his machine artist son, Carl. The work of the father and son collaborators is displayed in homes and at museums, businesses and hospitals across the world. The program was produced by Dana Johnson with videography and editing by Kristofor Gieske and editing assistance provided by Ben Dempcy.
Xenophobia, a film produced by Dana Johnson as an independent art project was also nominated for an award. The film was produced with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) and Johnson collaborated with more than 30 people to create the film. The movie was shot in two days in Appleton in October, 2014.
The nominated programs (with the exception of Xenophobia which has not yet been released for public viewing) can be viewed online by visiting www.pioneer.org/2015-upper-midwest-emmy-nominations.html
On behalf of MVTV Wireless we would like to congratulate Pioneer Public TV on their nominations. This is really exciting for our rural areas. Pioneer Public TV is an award winning, viewer supported television station serving western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Iowa. For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.
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