Pioneer staff members Dana Johnson, Andrea Singleton, Kristofor Gieske and Ben Dempcy collaborated on many of 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 team of Kinetic Sculptors from Fergus Falls.
Xenos, 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. Her collaborators included Pioneer’s Kristofor Gieske as editor and freelance videographer Dan Huiting who has worked with Johnson on previous award winning documentaries. Artist Naomi Schliesman of Fergus Falls contributed the masks for the film and Jacob Pavek composed the original music.
Actors in the film include Brian Dempcy of Madison along with Roy Hanley and Sammi Leno of Hancock. Members of the Hmong Community from Walnut Grove are also featured in one of the scenes performed in the historic Opera House above the Pioneer Public TV studios. The movie was shot in two days in Appleton in October, 2014.
The nominated programs (with the exception of Xenos which has not yet been released for online viewing) can be viewed on: www.pioneer.org.
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