West Virginia: The Road to Statehood, which premiered on West Virginia PBS last June, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The film is one of four nominees in the “Documentary – Historical” category.
Co-produced and edited by award-winning documentary makers Russ Barbour, Chip Hitchcock, and John Nakashima, West Virginia: The Road to Statehood brings to life the issues, differences and disagreements that divided the Commonwealth of Virginia, turning families and neighbors against one another throughout what is now West Virginia. Interviews, dramatizations, archival letters and photographs are used to examine the events and philosophies that led to West Virginia becoming a state during the Civil War.
Russ Barbour’s recent producer credits include Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland and Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New. He also won Regional Emmies for his videography work on Hearts of Glass and Ashes to Glory.
Last year, Chip Hitchcock and John Nakashima won Regional Emmies for their work on the historical documentary Frank Kearns: American Correspondent. Hitchcock’s producer credits include Bridgeport to Baghdad and The Last Mission: Establishing the Rule of Law in Iraq. Together Hitchcock and Barbour produced Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice.
Nakashima has been awarded Regional Emmies for his work as editor on Frank Kearns: American Correspondent, Cancer Stories, Hearts of Glass, and Ashes to Glory, and as producer for Mountaineer. Nakashima was also named Filmmaker of the Year in 2014 by the West Virginia Filmmakers Festival.
This year’s winners will be announced August 2 in Columbus, Ohio.
You an watch West Virginia: The Road to Statehood on the West Virginia Public Broadcasting YouTube channel.