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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2013
Release No.: 2013-49
Contact: Kevin Turner 702-293-8712
PARK FILM RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. —The National Park Service is a recipient of the prestigious Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award. Distinguishing excellence in film, television and digital media, these awards are widely recognized as a symbol of the highest standards in media production.
The film, “LIFE IN THE DESERT: LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA” explores the nation’s first national recreation area as a vibrant, ever-changing, living desert landscape, with two lakes that provide a much-needed respite to millions of people. Narrated by Stockard Channing, the film describes the sacredness of park lands to Native Americans through the eyes of a local tribe member and also features unscripted interviews with park visitors enjoying the park as they pursue a variety of recreational pursuits, including hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming and boating.
Park Superintendent Bill Dickinson said, “We deeply appreciate the work of the film’s producer, film production team and the park staff for this extraordinary film which captures the complex and inspiring nature of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.”
The film’s producer and director Chuck Dunkerly of the National Park Service Harpers Ferry Center, added, "I am really proud of the film and grateful to all the efforts the production crew, park and the Lake Mead community has put into it. I am particularly happy that CINE had recognized all the work and passion everyone offered to make this film what it is.”
Dunkerly’s other project work has previously won CINE awards, merit awards from the International Wildlife Film Festival, the Muse award from the American Museum Association and media awards from the National Association for Interpretation.
The 21-minute film is shown daily at the Lake Mead Visitor Center, located three miles south of Boulder City on US Highway 93 .
Other Spring 2013 recipients of the CINE Golden Eagle Award include Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl and Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In; digital series from Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets, the Huffington Post and National Geographic Education; and programming from Univision, History, Discovery Channel, NBC Marketing & Digital, Smithsonian Channel and PBS. For a complete list of Spring 2013 CINE Golden Eagle recipients, visit http://www.cine.org/spring-2013-cine-golden-eagle-award-recipients/.