For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

JULY ’64 PROVES TO BE AN AWARD WINNER

(Rochester, New York) March 3, 2005 – July ’64, the riveting documentary about the 1964 Rochester riots, has been nominated for two New York State Emmys for Best Director and Best Program: Historic/Cultural Special. The nominations come on the heels of a Bronze Telly that the documentary received earlier this week. Directed by Carvin Eison and produced by Chris Christopher of ImageWordSound in association with WXXI Public Broadcasting, July ’64 premiered on WXXI-TV on July 24, 2004 and was screened to a sold-out crowd at the
High Falls Film Festival in November 2004.

The New York State Emmy Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on April 3. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), founded in 1946, is a non-profit organization that fosters creative excellence in the television industry. NATAS inspires excellence through the renowned EMMY Award, the most prestigious honor and most coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction in television.
The Telly Awards showcase and recognize outstanding non-network and cable commercials, as well as film and video productions.

July ’64 tells the story of the three day riot that erupted on a hot summer night more than 40 years ago in Rochester, NY. The riots began when a routine arrest went awry and the National Guard was called in to a northern city for the first time during the civil rights era. Eison and Christopher interviewed twenty-three individuals for the film including Constance Mitchell, Mayor William Johnson, 1964 Olympic local athlete Trent Jackson, musicians Gap and Chuck Mangione, and NYS Assemblyman David Gantt. The documentary also used archived footage from WROC-TV 8, WHEC-TV 10, and the CBS national archive. Footage was also used from excerpts of a film produced by Baden Street Settlement and another by RG&E to show different views of Rochester in the early ‘60s.

In addition to the Emmy nominations and the Bronze Telly, July ’64 has already received an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association in their annual competition for university faculty and students.

In addition to their ImageWordSound partnership, Carvin Eison is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at SUNY Brockport and the General Manager of RCTV. Chris Christopher is the owner of Christopher Communications.
Next for July ’64 will be a screening at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Warsaw, Poland as part of an international conference on “Race and the Persistence of Memory.”

July ‘64 is a production of ImageWordSound, presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS), National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) and WXXI-TV with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding was provided by the New York State Assembly.

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