Woo-hooo! Hearts In The Himalayas, our latest doc about Himalayan HealthCare, is the recipient of the prestigious Telly Award. We were recognized and awarded the Silver Telly for Cinematography and the Bronze Telly Award for Editing. I am very proud our little film is being recognized by our peers in the industry. This is not just an award for CFTWF, it is an award for all who were involved, from Mike Palliola who stumbled across HHC, to the medical volunteers and Nepalese villagers who allowed our cameras into their world.
Let me be clear. Shooting the Himalayas is no easy feat, as you may remember from my blogs. However, the beauty of the mountains, the texture of people and villages are a shoe-in for just about any contest.
YAY! We were confident humanitarian volunteers would respond to our latest project Hearts In The Himalayas. Film critics and industry folks are a tad more demanding in their expectations for independent film projects. Apparently, they like our little documentary about Nepalese NGO Himalayan HealthCare as well. HHC board president, Dr. Robert McKersie entered the film into the Best Shorts Competition and it won an Award of Merit for Women Filmmaker. Cool! Hearts In The Himalayas also received 4 (count em) FOUR Omni Awards. Two Silver Omnis were awarded for Documentary Film and Charitable Cause categories, and two Bronze Omnis were awarded for Cinematography and Directing. Dr. M entered the film in about a dozen festivals and contests on our behalf.
Love love love New York. How can you not if you create documentaries? We had a great crowd at our So Ho screening of Hearts In The Himalayas. Give all the credit to Himalayan HealthCare marketing gal Christina Madden. She did a fantastic job of securing a great venue at the Scholastic Auditorium. Perfect screen and perfect sound and book-end cocktail parties and meet and greets. Just fabulous. People from as far as Alaska attended as well as a few trekkers who joined HHC on their first medical missions back in the early 1990s. These folks even brought their college age children with them who already have plans on the horizon to join HHC on future medical treks. I only wish I had time to talk to everyone who was there. The stories of their experiences with HHC were so inspiring. The feedback from all of them was that CFTWF got the story right. They felt as if they were taken back to the villages of Tipling, Lapa and Shertang. (Image: Audience awaits start of Hearts In The Himalayas, New York)