Doc Challenge Film Nominated for Emmy + More KDHX Film News

Believe it or not, but a Doc Challenge film has been nominated for an Emmy! Ars Magna, made as part of the 2008 International Documentary Challenge, has received a nomination in the 30th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, announced July 14 by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The film, directed by Cory Kelley and produced by Sean Roach of Team Juicebox in Seattle, qualified for the Emmy’s by receiving a national broadcast on PBS’ POV series, a presenting partner of the Doc Challenge.

About the film: Ars Magna, which means “great art” in Latin, is an anagram of the word “anagrams.” 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:

Congratulations to Cory, Sean and all of Team Juicebox — what an accomplishment for a film made in 5 days!


The Doc Challenge has recently partnered with SnagFilms to present more Doc Challenge films online. Since officially launching on July 17, 2008, SnagFilms has garnered over one billion page views for its film widgets, which can be embedded on a website or blog. The expansive online audience puts the company, with its library of over 840 titles and counting in a position of bringing documentaries to larger audiences than many of them would normally reach via traditional distribution models. Currently there are 15 Doc Challenge films on the SnagFilms Doc Challenge Channel – with many more to come. Watch them here:


A special regional Doc Challenge happened in Israel this past May. The “Israeli Doc Challenge” was developed out of a partnership between Ari Davidovich of Hypermedia and KDHX Community Media (the creators and producers of the International Documentary Challenge.) Fifteen Israeli filmmakers were selected to participate through an application process and the winning films premiered at Docaviv – The Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival. The films were focused on the Centennial Anniversary of the city and over 800 people turned out for the premiere! Watch the winning films here: