The 2014 documentary, Great American Wheat Harvest, has been awarded a Mid-America Regional EMMY Award! The award was announced recently at the EMMY Gala in St. Louis, Missouri. The film won Best Documentary- Cultural and features American harvesters traveling from Texas through the Western Plains to harvest wheat and other crops that feed the world.
The film aired on WQPT (Quad Cities PBS) this past February, and consequently qualified to be submitted for the EMMY® nomination. As one of nineteen regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Mid-America Chapter is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards.
It is the first win for film maker Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this manner, it truly was unexpected!” says Weaver in his acceptance speech. “First, I want to thank my family: my wife, Jodi, and children, Laken and Spencer who supported me throughout the four years of production that went into making this film. Without their support and love, I couldn’t have worked on a project like this! I also want to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this film possible, and for the staff at WQPT for airing the film on their Quad Cities PBS station. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank the harvesters who took a risk and allowed me to document their lives and work. I’m truly blessed to call them my friends!”
Weaver’s next project is a documentary entitled Thirsty Land, highlighting the drought in the American West. This film is expected to be released late in 2016.