Pioneer producers and videographers Dana Johnson, Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy collaborated on the nominated programs which feature stories about rural Minnesotans including a female race car driver from St. Stephen, potters from New London and Milan, a champion wakeboarder from Spicer and high school students from Montevideo.
Eight of the nine nominated productions 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:
Adventure Unknown, an action packed story about Spicer’s national wakeboard champion and cancer survivor, Alexa Score, was nominated in Topical Documentary category.
Hello Montevideo was nominated in the Cultural Documentary category. It is an international story featuring high school students from Montevideo, Minnesota interacting with students from Montevideo, Uruguay as part of an ongoing 111 year old exchange between the two cities.
Town Ball: A Forgotten History tells the story of black baseball phenom John Donaldson and small town baseball leagues through interviews with Janet Timmerman, Museums Coordinator for Murray County in Slayton, and Minnesota baseball historians Peter Gorton and Frank White. It was nominated in the Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Single Story category.
Captured in Silver was also nominated in the Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Single Story category and features David Rambow (formerly of Pipestone) who has revived the tricky and painstaking process of wet plate photography to make rich, handmade photographs.
The Mechanized Man was the third nomination in the Historic/Cultural/Nostalgic – Single Story category and is about the life and times of Michael Dowling, the famous newspaper editor, banker, educator and legislator from Olivia who overcame the loss of limbs in a blizzard to become a nationally known champion of the people with prosthetic limbs.
Little Kiln on the Prairie features the work and philosophy of wood fired, native clay potter John George Larson of Milan. It was nominated in the Lifestyle – Feature/Segment category.
Out of the Ashes was also nominated in the Lifestyle - Feature Segment Category and features New London potters Craig Edwards and Bill Gossman explaining how the community worked together to create a fire sculpture to beautify the riverbank along Middle Fork of the Crow River that runs through town.
Life in the Fast Lane was nominated in the Lifestyle – Program/Special/Series category and features stock car racer Ashley Mehrwerth of St. Stephen who is one of the few, but growing number of women in the Minnesota race car circuit.
The Crew was nominated in the Program Promotion – Single Spot category and is a behind the scenes spoof about the Postcards production team featuring Dana Johnson , Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy being their usual offbeat selves.
The nominated programs can be viewed online by visiting: www.pioneer.org/emmys.
All of the award winning programs were made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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