August 20, 1999
The award-winning documentary, "The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie", has received the prestigious Telly Award for documentary video production from the Center of Creativity. The documentary was privately funded and produced by the NDSU Libraries and Prairie Public Broadcasting, Fargo. Co-producers were Bob Dambach, Prairie Public Television, and Michael M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, with editing by Dave Geck.
This year there were 11,000 entries in 146 categories. Only 14% of the entrants are finalists, and only 7% are Silver Telly Awards winners. Entrants included NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, A&E, and The Discovery Channel. "The Germans from Russia" was the winner in the Documentary category and awarded a Silver Telly Award. The Telly Award was established in 1980 to recognize excellence in television production. Categories include dramatic and documentary video and film production.
On August 22, the program airs on KTCA TV (PBS), at 2pm (CT), Minneapolis-St. Paul. On September 8, the program is featured on PBS stations - KVIE TV, Sacramento and KVPT TV, Fresno, CA at 8pm (PT).
Prairie Public has produced an impressive Home Page for the documentary at http://www.prairiepublic.org. See the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection website at http://library.ndsu.edu/gerrus/projects.html for additional information.
Prairie Public Television has begun work on a second documentary featuring the foodways of the Germans from Russia. The video documentary is scheduled to premiere on PPTV in March, 2000.
For further information and to secure the videotape, contact Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries, Fargo (Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail: Michael.Miller@ndsu.edu).