Midwest Emmy Nomination

“West by Orphan Train” has been nominated for a Midwest Emmy in the historical documentary category. We are happy to be listed among so many great filmmakers and journalists who make up the list of nominees. The winners  will be announced Oct. 3. We recently began offering “West by Orphan Train” DVDs for sale on...

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National Clarion Award Announced

West by Orphan Train’s producers and Iowa Public Television are among the 2015 winners of the prestigious Clarion Awards. Colleen Bradford Krantz, director, co-producer and co-writer; Clark Kidder, co-producer and co-writer; and Iowa Public Television, which worked in conjunction with the producers on West by Orphan Train, will be given the award by The Association for Women in Communications. The organization will hand out this year’s 86 Clarion Awards during the AWC’s October conference in Kansas City. Krantz, Kidder and IPTV were recognized for winning the “television documentary program – local or regional.” West by Orphan Train, which tells of the journeys of several orphan train riders in the early 1900s, was released in 2014. Following its late 2014 television broadcast, it is now available by...

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DVDs Now Available

DVDs Now Available

We are now selling DVDs of the award-winning West by Orphan Train documentary. We released the documentary six months ago, providing a limited number of DVDs via Iowa Public Television, the PBS affiliate which served as the presenting station for our documentary. Those wishing to show the documentary to a group in a public setting need to pay for licensing rights. Learn more on our “About” page and please contact us to make...

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IMPA Awards

West by Orphan Train creators and contributors took home five trophies at the 2015 Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards event. Chad Elliott, who created the music for the documentary, including an original song with lyrics, was honored with the top award for original music composition. Listen to some of Elliott’s other amazing work on his website. Director Colleen Bradford Krantz was given the top award for long-form directing. The film also received runner-up Awards of Achievement for the following: Program – Documentary, by Colleen Bradford Krantz and Clark Kidder Director of Photography – Paul Kakert with DocumentaryTV and Storytellers International Narration – Robert “Bo”...

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Award at Julien Film Fest

Award at Julien Film Fest

West by Orphan Train was awarded the “Best of Iowa” award at the 2015 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. Thanks to those of you who attended our multiple screenings. Thanks also to organizers of this amazing festival, who were willing to add additional screening to accommodate the crowds.

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