WMM Films And Filmmakers Nominated For Emmy Awards 

We are so thrilled to announce that 10 WMM filmmakers past and present have been nominated for Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)! Adam Sharp, NATAS President & CEO shares, “At a time when critical, monumental, and world-changing events are more immediately available and accessible than ever before, the work of the journalists and documentarians that bring us the truth of these stories is under tremendous assault. We honor these individuals’ courage and excellence of craft that allows each of us to be better informed and understanding of the issues of our day.” 

WMM release CODED BIAS (dir. Shalini Kantayya), which was also made with the support of our Production Assistance Program, has been nominated for Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary! The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and aired on PBS Independent Lens in March 2021.  

The following films, all of which were made with the support of our Production Assistance Program, have been nominated for News & Doc Emmy Awards: 

  • PICTURE A SCIENTIST (dir. Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney) – Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary 
  • PRAY AWAY (dir. Kirstine Stolakis) – Outstanding Social Issue Documentary 
  • TAKEOVER (dir. Emma Francis-Snyder) – Outstanding Short Documentary 
  • MR. SOUL! (dir. Melissa Haizlip & Sam Pollard) – Outstanding Sound  

WMM filmmaker Ramona Diaz (dir. THE LEARNING) has been nominated for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary and Best Documentary for her new film, A THOUSAND CUTS. Michèle Stephenson (dir. STATELESS) has been nominated for Outstanding Interactive Media: Innovation for her new VR project, THE CHANGING SAME. And, Nneka Onourah (dir. THE SAME DIFFERENCE) has also been nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program for her work on LIZZO’S WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG GRRRLS. 

Kudos to Program alums Beth Levison, whose new film STORM LAKE was nominated for Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary, and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, whose new film THE RESCUE was nominated for Best Documentary, Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Research, and Outstanding Direction.  

Congratulations to all our talented filmmakers! The full list of nominations can be found here. The primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on NBC September 12. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform on September 28 (News Category) and September 29 (Documentary Category). 

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