Newseum Receives Top Honors in NY Festivals Awards
WASHINGTON — Three original Newseum film productions have been honored by the 2013 New York Festivals' International Television & Film Awards. The awards were announced April 9, 2013, at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.
The Newseum's entries competed against those from HBO, CBS, CNN and the BBC in the competition that honors many types of programs submitted from more than 50 countries.
A Gold World Medal in production design/art direction in the documentaries category went to a film focusing on presidential campaign advertisements shown in the Newseum's Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater as part of the exhibit "Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press," which closed in January 2013.
The Smith Big Screen Theater provided a particular production challenge, according to Paul Sparrow, the Newseum's senior vice president of broadcasting.
"The Big Screen Theater has a 100-foot-wide by eight-foot-high screen with five projectors seamed together. We were working with traditional political television commercials to create a design that provided additional information while the TV spots were running. It was a huge challenge," Sparrow said.
"Osama bin Laden: Interviewing a Terrorist" won a Silver World Medal in documentaries. The film is shown in the FBI exhibit and tells the story of the 1998 interview by John Miller of ABC News that effectively introduced American TV audiences to the al-Qaida leader.
A Finalist Certificate was awarded to "Neil Leifer: Photo Finish" in the documentaries category, shown as a part of a limited run exhibit on sports photography.
In addition to the New York Festivals awards, "What is New Media?" the video featured in the HP New Media Gallery, won a CINE Golden Eagle.
The opening of the "JFK" exhibit on April 12, 2013, at the Newseum includes the premiere of the original documentary "A Thousand Days," which takes viewers through the events that defined President John F. Kennedy's abbreviated time in office.Related Links: