Two Taylor documentaries have won Outstanding Student Production Awards, known as the Crystal Pillar, from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes Chapter. The wins were announced at a black tie event at the Kalihari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio on June 18. The Emmy is the highest honor in television broadcasting.
Winning in the Student/Long Form category was the Taylor documentary The Glassmakers: Exploring an Indiana Tradition, produced by Elyse Horb, Hanson Reed and A.J. Ablog. The project shows how the making of functional and art glass has a long history in Indiana. Horb said, “Glass may seem ordinary, but it can be downright captivating when told through the eyes and passion of people who love it.”
In the Student/Arts and Entertainment category, the winning project was Taylor documentary When the Game Changes: A Playbook for Perseverance. The inspiring story of an athlete who regained his football prowess after a tragic factory accident was the work of Abbie Brewer (’16), Ashley Young (’16) and Jamie Bell (’17). “When we learned about Brad Hurtig’s story, we knew it was one that needed to be shared,” said Young. “I’m so grateful for the positive response it has received. This is a project I will never forget.”
The Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs category had only two nominations that were both Taylor films, so Taylor was guaranteed to win at least one student award at the Emmy ceremony. The other Taylor nominee was The Blue Flash: A Midwest Coaster Story produced by students Austin Yoder, David Stallard and Daniel Ford.
All three documentaries were created in Taylor’s Documentary Filmmaking class taught by Assistant Professor Kathy Bruner. “Coming home with two wins was such a joy for us,” she said. “What a testament to the creative work our students do!” Bruner served as executive producer for the winning projects while Media Engineer Joshua Taylor was the post-production supervisor.
The wins represent two of the 40 recognitions received in 2015-2016 by Taylor student filmmakers.