Friday, October 1, 2010

Fracking film earns Emmy

Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican

"Three local filmmakers got an Emmy this week for Split Estate, their documentary about the health and environmental consequences of "fracking" — injecting chemicals underground to stimulate natural gas production.

Debra Anderson, the producer and director, and the two researchers, Mitchell Marti and Matt Vest, shared the award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Research."

The award was announced Monday during the "News and Documentary Emmys" from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The academy's better-known "Primetime Emmys" ceremony was held a month earlier.

On Monday, ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer announced the research award during a ceremony at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

Anderson, Marti and Vest attended the event, where the other half-dozen nominees for the research award were big-time productions that had aired on HBO, Frontline and PBS.

"I definitely was not expecting to win because the competition was intense," Anderson said. "So we were just enjoying the evening and we were completely shocked when they read our name."' More>>>>

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