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Turtles and Space Lead WLRN-TV to 7 Regional Emmy Award Nominations


WLRN Public Television has been nominated for seven regional Emmy Awards for its documentaries about the plight faced by sea turtles, the Apollo space program and an astronaut who is from South Florida.

The winners of the Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards will be announced at a virtual event in December.

"Troubled Waters: A Turtles Tale" explores the impact of human behavior on our environmen, as seen through the lens of one of South Florida’s most beloved and fragile underwater creature, the sea turtle. Featuring actor and ocean activist Ted Danson and narrated by award-winning Peter Coyote, the one-hour film takes a critical look at the effects of global warming, water pollution and our “throw-away” plastic lifestyle on this keystone species — and inevitably ourselves.

"Troubled Waters" received five nominations:

  • Documentary Category: Topical - Producers: Rory Fielding, John Labonia, Adrienne Kennedy, James March, Michael Anderson, Cortney Fielding
  • Director Category: Non-Live (Post-Produced) - Rory Fielding
  • Editor Category: Program (Non-News) - Michael Anderson, Scott Rogo
  • Talent Category: Performer/Narrator - Peter Coyote
  • Photographer Category: Program (Non-News) - Frazier Nivens, Luis Marrou, Benjamin Hicks, Jim Abernethy.

"Troubled Waters" premiered at screenings in the Florida Keys and on WLRN TV in 2019 was distributed to PBS stations nationwide last spring. To date, the film has been scheduled 376 times, across 32 states.

Also receiving nominations were the 80-minute film "When We Were Apollo" and a film short about a retired astronaut, "Hometown Hero.

"When We Were Apollo" is an intimate and personal look at the Apollo Space Program through the lives and experiences of some of its most inspiring behind-the-scenes figures: engineers, technicians, builders and contractors who spent the better part of a decade working to get us to the moon and back.

It is nominated in the Documentary Category: Historical - Producer Zachary Weil.

WLRN presented this 80-minute film to PBS stations nationwide in 2019. To date, the documentary has been scheduled 1,072 times, across 44 states

"Hometown Hero" is part of WLRN’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo’s Moon Landing short films series, sharing local stories of those who love space, science, and technology. It features Coconut Grove native and former astronaut Winston Scott. With over 24 days logged in space, Scott gives a firsthand account of life on the final frontier.

It was nominated in the Interstitial Category - Producers James March, Mia Laurenzo, Michael Anderson.

The region covered by the Suncoast Emmys includes Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. A full list of nominees can be found here.

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