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ALA’s 2013 Youth Media Award Winner ANNA, EMMA AND THE CONDORS

The 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video is awarded to ANNA, EMMA AND THE CONDORS

anna emma and the condorsVideo productions that receive the Andrew Carnegie Medal meet criteria that include the following: 

they show respect for a child’s intelligence and imagination, and reflect and encourage children’s interests; they take advantage of the special techniques of the medium, including visuals, voices, music, language, and sound effects; and, if adaptations of materials originally produced in other mediums, they remain true to, expand, or complement the work.

In a world of climate change and environmental challenges, two sisters, Anna and Emma and their companions, the California Condors, stand out as a beacon of hope. Their father, Chris Parish is the director of the Condor Project for the Peregrine Fund at Vermillion Cliffs. Their mother, Ellen Parish is a teacher and leader for the organization Roots and Shoots, founded by Jane Goodall. Together, the family work together to save and reintroduce the Californian condors back in to the wild


Katja Torneman displaying the Andrew Carnegie Medal at the 2013 ALA annual conference in Chicago IL. With Video Librarian’s Randy Pittman and Anne Williams.

Learning of and from the condors, as well as their parents, Anna and Emma’s lives are unique in their growing understanding that if we do not take care of the life surrounding us, we will in the end face the possibility if our own extinction. The California Condors have shown us the very beauty of life itself. As long as they soar the sky, there will always be a hope for the future.

Producer Katja Torneman is a 2011 graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) in Arizona. Anna, Emma and the Condors was her thesis film project. This award demonstrates that filmmakers attending the various schools for getting quality direction in documentary filmmaking can produce works that stand side by side with well known production houses and seasoned producers.

anna emma and the condors DVD coverCREDITS:
Produced and Directed by: Katja Torneman

Region: All Regions
DVD Release Date: 2012
20 min.

Best Picture Zaki Gordon FIlm Institute Film festival 2011
Best Student Film Flagstaff Mountain International Film Festival 2011
Honorable mentioning for best conservation message Cine International Film festival 2011 Missoula
Official selection for Wild and Scenic International Film festival 2012 CA.
Invited and Official Selection of Environmental Film festival at Nations Capital March 2012 WA DC
Invited and official selection at Madeira Film Festival March 2012 Portugal
Invited and official selection on Sedona International Film festival Feb 2012
Invited and official selection at EcoFocus film festival Marsh 2012 Georgia
Official selection at International Wildlife Film Festival Missoula 2012
The Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival (DREFF) 2012 Audience Award Winner

School Library Journal August 2012
Viewers will be captivated by this charming and gorgeously photographed look at the llife of an environmental biologist and his family as they work to save the California Condor.
Geri Diorio, Ridgefield Library, CT

I just love your film – I love it on its own, and I love it for our festival. You’ve done a fantastic job.
Sara Beresford
Festival Director & Programmer, EcoFocus Film Festival

A lovely well shot film that helps us to understand the plight of the Condor.
Sedona International Film Festival 2012

alanewslogo128January 28, 2013 press release from the ALA announcing the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal awarded to Anna, Emma, and the Condors.

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