Voyageur Video Sampler
Voyageur has been on an extraordinary journey since our establishment in 1998. Enjoy this 3-minute video sampler of the educational media projects we have produced over the past 20 years, as well as a sneak peak of a few exciting projects in production. Thanks to all of the production professionals, artists, scholars, board members and funders who have collaborated to bring these compelling documentaries, books, artworks and companion websites to millions of viewers, teachers and students.
Voyageur and Steve Maslowski have launched the planning phase for Wildlife Photographer: The Life of Karl Maslowski, a one-hour documentary for distribution to public television viewers, teachers and students. Karl Maslowski (1913-2006) helped introduce the wonders of the natural world to generations of Americans through his pioneering work as a wildlife photographer and filmmaker. During a remarkable career, Karl Maslowski contributed to some of the first nature films of Walt Disney, the National Audubon Society and National Geographic. During World War II, he filmed air battles as a combat cameraman under Major William Wyler, an Oscar-winning Hollywood director. Maslowski contributed thousands of photographs to books, calendars and magazines, including such National Wildlife, Time and Life. He also wrote 2,500 nature articles for The Cincinnati Enquirer. And, as a passionate conservationist, Maslowski helped establish two vital conservation organizations in Greater Cincinnati – the Cincinnati Nature Center, and Oxbow, Inc. The documentary examines the story of the man behind the camera. Karl Maslowski’s extensive writings, photographs and archival film are combined with interviews and fresh video and for an inspirational look at how a self-taught man of modest means became one of America’s first wildlife filmmakers. Learn more on the web page for Wildlife Photographer: The Life of Karl Maslowski.
A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This one-hour documentary that explores the life and legacies of E. Lucy Braun (1889 – 1971), one of the foremost botanists and ecologists in American history. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lucy Braun was a trailblazer in the emerging science of plant ecology, and a leader in the early conservation movement. An extraordinary woman of science, Braun helped to preserve natural spaces in Ohio and Kentucky, including the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County, Ohio. The documentary is being distributed to over 100 public televisions stations by The National Educational Telecommunications Association. The documentary project features a companion website and educational materials developed with staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Learn more on the web page for A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun.
“Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History” chronicles the history and culture of a rural valley along the Cumberland River in Russell County, Kentucky. The one-hour documentary follows Janie-Rice Brother, Architectural Historian, Kentucky Archaeological Survey, as she gathers archaeological data, historical records and photographs and oral histories about the area from its earliest settlement to the completion of the Wolf Creek Dam in 1951. The program, episode seven in The Kentucky Archaeology and Heritage Series, combines interviews of residents with archival images, landscapes, aerial video, architectural surveys and original artwork for a compelling look at the history of the Creelsboro area, and its intimate connection to the Cumberland River. Go to the Creelsboro project page for more information and video clips, including stunning aerials of this beautiful valley.
SAA National Award for Excellence in Public Education
The Kentucky Archaeological Survey and the Davis Bottom History Preservation Project earned the 2018 Excellence in Public Education Award of The Society for American Archaeology at it’s national conference in Washington D.C. on May 14. The Davis Bottom project was recognized for it’s “extraordinary contributions” in documenting the archaeology of an entire working-class neighborhood. Voyageur produced “Davis Bottom: Rare History, Valuable Lives,” the sixth episode in the Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series, under the leadership of Dr. David Pollack, Co-Director, and Dr. Gwynn Henderson, Educational Director, The Kentucky Archaeological Survey. The Davis Bottom History Preservation Project featured several integrated components: a one hour documentary distributed by Kentucky Educational Television; a companion website hosted by the Anthropology Department of the University of Kentucky; and state and national curriculum, including resources for “Project Archaeology: Investigating a Kentucky Shotgun House.” Dr. Gwynn Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and the project’s partners – the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Heritage Council, Nashville District Corps of Engineers, and Voyageur Media Group, Inc.
Sanctuary: At Home with Kathy Y. Wilson
CityBeat: Exhibit “Best of Cincinnati 2018”
The exhibit, “Sanctuary: Kathy Y. Wilson Living in a Colored Museum,” was recently named “Best of Cincinnati 2018” by CityBeat. Voyageur produced the introductory video for the exhibition, which earned large crowds and critical acclaim during its run last winter at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center. Curated by Emily Buddendeck, the exhibition presented the art collection of acclaimed writer, performer and educator, Kathy Y. Wilson. Voyageur is pleased to support regional institutions with creative production services as part of our Community Video series.
Voyageur board member Steve Gillen releases new book
Stephen E. Gillen, Partner, Wood Herron & Evans, has helped guide Voyageur and our producers through intellectual property and copyright issues for over fifteen years. Mr. Gillen has just released his latest book, Guide to Rights, Clearances and Permissions in Scholarly, Educational and Trade Publishing, which is a comprehensive guide to help authors and media maker understand copyrights, fair use, permissions and scholarly integrity. Click on the book title for more information on the website of the publisher, Textbook & Academic Authors Association.
FourthWall Youth Studios wins 12 major awards
Voyageur board member, Frank O’Farrell, Director, FourthWall Youth Studios (formerly Stages for Youth), announced that 12 films created by students at his nonprofit organization have won regional or national awards in 2018. Fourthwall Youth Studios, a filmmaking and digital media program for youth in Junior High and High School. We are located at 1324A Main St. in the heart of Cincinnati’s resurgent OTR district and offer summer and after school programming in filmmaking, digital media and technology. Voyageur congratulates Frank and his mentors and students on another superb year.