Jay TeBrake of rural Prinsburg is pictured here with Sabine, one of the two adopted daughters that Jay and his wife Kris adopted from Haiti in 2013. The journey of the TeBrake's adoption process was the subject of the documentary Haiti Love which recently earned and Upper Midwest Emmy Award for Pioneer Public Television. The program will be shown on Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. and repeated on Monday September 22 at 1:30 p.m. on Pioneer.
Haiti Love traces the story of Jay and Kris TeBrake of rural Prinsburg as they adopt two girls from an orphanage in Haiti. Pioneer’s Senior Producer Dana Johnson produced and directed the documentary, Dan Huiting was the director of photography with additional videography by Kristofor Gieske. Kevin Russell was the editor for the program which originally aired on Mother’s Day in May 2014. Pioneer has planned another broadcast of Haiti Love for Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Monday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m. The program can also be viewed online at video.pioneer.org/video/2365244418/.
According to Johnson, the process of making Haiti Love was both “demanding” and “miraculous.” Johnson raised the funds and secured Pioneer’s backing, arranged the travel (with “insane logistics”) and then worked day and night for 10 days in Haiti with award-winning videographer Huiting. Upon her return, she became violently ill and yet still had to organize and prepare to capture the Minnesota footage contained in the story.
“It was very emotional,” Johnson recalls. “Adoption is a difficult topic to present,” she added. “We were so grateful to the TeBrakes for their courage, honesty and willingness to show what the process is like.” Johnson is also quick to give credit to editor Kevin Russell whose artful presentation of the story lends a “contemporary and evocative” feel to the documentary.
“We are thrilled to receive an Upper Midwest Emmy for the second year in a row,” said Pioneer General Manager Les Heen. “Our folks have worked hard to produce high-quality programs for our viewers, and it is terrific to see that hard work recognized with an Emmy Award.”
Pioneer Public TV is a viewer-supported television station serving more than a million people in western Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas and northwestern Iowa. In addition to its broadcast services, Pioneer maintains a website and YouTube channel that receives more than 120,000 video views a year. For more information, visit www.pioneer.org or call 1-800-726-3178.
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Senior Producer Dana Johnson of Pioneer Public TV poses with the second Upper Midwest Emmy Award she has brought to the local public television station in two years. The award was granted for the documentary Haiti Love which will air Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. and repeated on Monday September 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Prinsburg area residents Jay and Kris TeBrake are shown here among orphans in Haiti. Tune in to Pioneer Public Television for a broadcast of the Upper Midwest Emmy Award winning documentary Haiti Love that features the TeBrake's adoption process on Sunday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m. and repeated on Monday September 22 at 1:30 p.m.