“Birth of a Colony” Documentary Honored with an Emmy

RALEIGH, NC — A film capturing the early history of North Carolina has received a regional Emmy Award. “Birth of a Colony” examines the time from the arrival of Europeans to the end of the Tuscarora War in 1713. Horizon Productions contracted with UNC-TV to produce the documentary in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Birth of a Colony

Horizon President Donna Mitchell and producer and creative lead Tim Finkbiner accepted the Best Documentary/Historical Film award at the Midsouth Emmy Awards on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Nashville, Tenn. The UNC-TV original production was painstakingly written and produced by Horizon Productions in association with Cultural Resources. A history advisory panel included Jeffrey Crow, former Cultural Resources deputy secretary for Archives and History, and Research Branch Head Michael Hill; N.C. Historical Commission Chair Jerry Cashion and historians Harry Watson, Pamela Grundy and Lindley Butler.

“Birth of a Colony” was broadcast on UNC-TV and is available to educators online and on DVD. An accompanying educational guide is also available online. The film was screened in the Archives and History/State Library Building and at the N.C. Museum of History.

For additional information call (919) 807-7389. For more on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.