WPSU’s 'Water Blues' documentary receives CINE award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Public Media filmmakers recently joined the likes of Steven Spielberg, Jim Henson and Martin Scorsese as winners of the CINE Golden Eagle Award.

WPSU’s documentary “Water Blues, Green Solutions” was lauded in the spring 2014 competition in the Televised News Division – Informational/Current Issue category.

"Water Blues, Green Solutions" is an interactive film project telling the stories of communities creating green solutions for our water blues – flooding, pollution and scarcity. It premiered on WPSU-TV in February and has been shown nationwide through broadcasts and screenings on public television stations, at universities and in communities. To learn more, visit www.waterblues.org.

“The team at Penn State Public Media and I are thrilled that our work has earned a CINE Golden Eagle award,” said Frank Christopher, the film’s director, writer and co-producer. “The prestigious Golden Eagle award is recognition of the passion and craft with which we created ‘Water Blues, Green Solutions’ and will certainly encourage our efforts in the future.”

WPSU director conducting interview on boat

Frank Christopher, director, producer and writer of "Water Blues" interviews Adam Green, executive director of the nonprofit Rocking the Boat in the Bronx, as they tour the Bronx River. The Bronx is one of the four cities featured in the film.

Image: Penn State Public Media

Cheraine Stanford is co-producer of “Water Blues,” with Mark Stitzer serving as the documentary’s director of photography and Cole Cullen as editor.

For over 50 years, the CINE Golden Eagle Award has signified excellence within the film and television industry. From emerging filmmakers to industry pioneers, the twice-yearly CINE Golden Eagle Awards are home to the best of film, television and digital media.

CINE, or the Council on International Nontheatrical Events, aims to support emerging and established producers of film, television and digital media through its film competitions, educational panels, screenings and networking opportunities. Previous recipients of CINE awards include Ron Howard, Ken Burns, Mark Burnett and Spike Lee.

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Last Updated July 09, 2014