Wheat Harvest Documentary Film Wins Regional Emmy Award

Film maker and NAFB allied industry member Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC (Emmitsburg, MD) reports that his 2014 documentary the Great American Wheat Harvest film received a Mid-America Regional Emmy Award for Best Documentary – Cultural. “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a story about American harvesters who risk everything to put food on our tables. Each year they travel from Texas north across the Western Plains harvesting wheat and other crops that feed the world. The film follows their journey and tells their stories,” Conrad said. The film aired on WQPT (Quad Cities PBS) this past February, and qualified to be submitted for the Emmy Award nomination. As one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Mid-America Chapter is a standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional Emmy Awards. It’s the first Emmy Award nomination and win for Weaver. "It's an incredible honor to be recognized in this manner. It truly was unexpected!

First, I want to thank my family: my wife, Jodi, and children, Laken and Spencer, who supported me throughout the four years of production that went into making this film. Without their support and love, I couldn't have worked on a project like this! I also want to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this film possible and the staff at WQPT for airing the film on their PBS station. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank the harvesters who took a risk and allowed me to document their lives and work. I'm truly blessed to call them my friends,” he said. Conrad is currently working on a new documentary film called Thirsty Land. It’s the story about the drought in the American West and its impact on agriculture, communities, and the environment. Thirsty Land is expected to be released in late 2016. Photos and videos are available on the Thirsty Land Facebook page, or go to www.thirstylandmovie.com.