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Monday, 27 July 2009 14:43

Saint Louis, July 27, 2009 – KDHX, Saint Louis’ premier independent community radio and media arts organization, today announced that Ars Magna, one of the film submissions for KDHX’s International Documentary Challenge (Doc Challenge) filmmaking competition, has been nominated for an Emmy Award. The 30th Annual Emmy Awards will be held in New York on September 21, 2009.

Ars Magna, a short documentary produced for KDHX’s International Documentary Challenge, received the nomination by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on July 14, 2009. Ars Magna was selected for the category New Approaches to News & Documentary, within the category of Arts, Lifestyle and Culture. The film, directed by Cory Kelley and produced by Sean Roach, qualified for the nomination by receiving a national broadcast on PBS’s Point of View (POV) series, public television's premier showcase for independent documentaries. POV is the second most-nominated television program after CBS News’ 60 Minutes.

The media arts division of KDHX hosts several timed filmmaking competitions throughout the year including the Saint Louis 48 Hour Film Project, the International Documentary Challenge and the National Film Challenge. Filmmaking teams come together and have only a short time to produce a movie from scratch. The finished films are eligible for awards and cash prizes and the winners are screened at some of the world's leading film festivals and theaters.

“Our radio station and media arts programs have been serving increasingly larger audiences over the past several years,” commented Nico Leone, co-executive director for KDHX. “ We are extremely excited to have our film competitions attract such talented filmmakers from around the world. The fact that a documentary produced in five days has been nominated for an Emmy speaks highly of the quality of work produced for the competition.”

Now in its 5th year, KDHX’s International Documentary Challenge is a timed filmmaking competition in which worldwide filmmakers have five days to make a short, four to seven minute documentary film. In 2009, one hundred forty seven filmmakers from fifteen countries participated, making it the largest Doc Challenge to date. KDHX presenting Partners include the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. POV/American Documentary, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) and Typecast Releasing.

About the Film

Ars Magna, Latin for ‘great art’, is an anagram of the word anagram. Audiences enter into the obsessive and fascinating world of anagrams with Cory Calhoun, who took the first three lines of Hamlet's “To Be or Not to Be” soliloquy and made them into what's been called the “world's greatest anagram.” (View the film at the PBS site.

“It’s absolutely thrilling to see a Doc Challenge film recognized by the Academy,” said KDHX Director of Media Arts Programs Doug Whyte. “To receive a nomination illustrates the outstanding quality of the submissions to our unique event, and KDHX is very proud to have brought this compelling film to audiences nationwide on PBS.”

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Time Warner Center in New York City. More than one thousand television and new media industry executives, journalists, and news and documentary producers will attend the event. Emmy Awards will be presented in 33 categories, including Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Outstanding Interview and Best Documentary, among others.

About POV

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and now in its 22nd season on PBS, the award-winning Point of View (POV) series is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. Airing June through September with primetime specials during the year, POV has brought more than 275 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide, and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV's Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. More information is available at

About KDHX

KDHX is the premier independent radio station and media arts organization in Saint Louis, Missouri. 88.1 KDHX broadcasts in Saint Louis and the surrounding region bringing diverse radio programming and worldwide streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. KDHX supports music, the arts and culture in Saint Louis through media arts outreach and education programs, and by the promotion of independent and local music. KDHX is community supported and licensed to the Double Helix Corporation, a non-profit organization, which fosters the production and growth of independent media. KDHX offices are located in Saint.Louis on 3504 Magnolia. For more information visit

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