Taylor University Wins Student Emmy Award

By Kathy Bruner Published: Jun 05, 2012

Taylor faculty members John and Kathy Bruner display the Emmy Award.

The Taylor student documentary Of Another Time received a student, regional Emmy Award from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Emmy is the highest award in the television industry. The honor was announced at a black tie ceremony held on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 2.

Of Another Time is a documentary focusing on personal stories of reenactors at the annual Mississinewa 1812 reenactment. The documentary captures not only the reenactors’ ability to make the past come to life but also the family-like relationships they form. The project was the work of a Taylor Documentary Filmmaking course in fall 2011.

Taylor students Chase Moore, Eric Nystrom and Nicole Klotz spent several hundred hours working on the documentary. "Winning a student Emmy is a very humbling and exciting experience,” Moore said. “It's humbling because this film would not have been possible without the help of many people, and it's exciting because we put such a massive effort into making it. Praise God!"

Of Another Time was one of two Taylor University entrees among the four nominees in the College/University Student Production Category. The other film was a comedy titled, The Ghost of Grandma Doris, which was produced by Taylor students Dave Baker, Jamison MacKillop, Alyssa Keeling, Brent Clouse and Stephen Dorman.

The Emmy ceremony recognized professional achievements in television production from TV stations in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. NATAS recognized only one College/University award for the region. Productions were judged by a series of qualified experts from another NATAS chapter and tallied on a point system.

Media Communication faculty member Kathy Bruner was executive producer for Of Another Time. She said she and her husband and fellow media production faculty member John Bruner, “couldn’t be more proud of our students with two Emmy nominations and now this Emmy award.”