Voyageur Media Group, Inc, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of public media about science, history, art and culture. Established in 1998, our production team has produced dozens of award-winning documentaries, books, artworks, companion websites and educational materials for millions of viewers, teachers and students.
Marietta Earthworks video series
Voyageur recently produced a series of five videos about the Marietta Earthworks for the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, Ohio. The videos are part the Marietta Earthworks and Exhibits Project, which is designed to compile, study and present the culture, archaeology, and history of the ancient American Indian earthworks in Marietta and the surrounding counties. The Marietta Earthwork videos include an overall Introduction, and Site Profiles of the four ancient cultural sites preserved in Marietta – Conus Mound, Capitolium Mound, Quadranaou Mound and Sacra Via. The videos feature interviews with archaeologists Wesley Clarke, Bradley Lepper and Jarrod Burks, as well as archival surveys, modern geophysical research and 3D graphics supplied by CERHAS, The Ancient Ohio Trail. Beth Fowler, Director of Photography, Voyageur, used a drone, OSMO and our Sony HD camera to capture the earthworks from every angle. The videos are to be used in the museum’s exhibits, educational programs and community outreach projects.
Voyageur launches Vimeo On Demand service
A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun now available online
Voyageur recently launched its Vimeo On Demand streaming service to help viewers, teachers and students access its documentary programs. A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is now available for rent or purchase on Voyageur’s Vimeo On Demand website. Tom Law, President, Voyageur, says, “Streaming video has pretty much replaced home DVDs as an accessible medium for many of our home and classroom viewers. Vimeo On Demand offers a low-cost option to rent or buy and download a program,” says Law, adding, “We are especially pleased viewers may download our programs in High Definition video for repeat viewing, and more effective classroom use.” Meg Hanrahan, Writer, Director, Producer, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun, says, “Viewers and educators across America continue to demonstrate a strong interest in Lucy Braun’s remarkable story. Vimeo on Demand provides worldwide access, and the vital buy/download option. This means viewers can watch the program whenever they want, and educators can easily cue specific segments to accompany their lesson plans.” Visit the Project page for A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun for lesson plans developed by staff of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System/Cincinnati Museum Center and the producers. Voyageur plans to add additional documentaries to the Vimeo On Demand site in the coming months.
“Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History” chronicles the history and culture of a rural valley along the Cumberland River in Russell County, Kentucky. This one-hour documentary premiered at the Creelsboro Reunion festival on Saturday, September 14 in Russell County, Kentucky. The production team is now preparing the documentary for public television broadcasts in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The seventh episode in The Kentucky Archaeology and Heritage Series, “Creelsboro and the Cumberland: A Living History” 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. Go to the Creelsboro project companion website for more information and educational resources.
Voyageur and Steve Maslowski 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.
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
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.