MINNEAPOLIS (April 12, 2013) — Twin Cities’ Cultural Jambalaya and Tremendous! Entertainment have won a national Telly Award for “Windows & Mirrors: Asia,” a one-of-a-kind educational DVD for teachers.
Cultural Jambalaya is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that uses international photography to promote understanding and respect for all people. The Asia DVD follows the success of Cultural Jambalaya’s first two DVDs, “Windows & Mirrors” and Windows & Mirrors:The Middle East,” both of which also earned national Telly Awards for excellence in cultural education. Cultural Jambalaya’s educational videos are used in the classroom to broaden world views of students.
“At a time when students are voicing their demand for more cultural learning [ie: South High School in Minneapolis], Cultural Jambalaya already has been seated at the multicultural table,” said Kevin May, who produces all of the nonprofit’s DVDs. “What makes me even more proud is the impact this programming is having on broadening awareness of our cultural differences while celebrating our similarities – because that’s where we can begin to break down cultural barriers.”
The 34th annual Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards receives over 11,000 entries annually from all 50 states and countries around the world.
A prestigious judging panel of 350 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition. “Windows & Mirrors: Asia” was recognized in the “Non Broadcast Production – Education” category with the bronze award. The DVD was produced by Tremendous! Entertainment’s Executive Producer Colleen Needles and Producer Kevin May. Tremendous! Entertainment (www.tremendousinc.com) is the creator of the Travel Channel’s wildly successful “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.”
Founded by globe trekker and photographer Gail Shore, Cultural Jambalaya is a volunteer-based nonprofit that uses international photography to advance cultural understanding and acceptance. Shore travels the world on self-funded solo treks to obtain compelling images of individuals and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich fragile cultures around the world. Her photos help teachers illustrate the diverse cultural backgrounds that make up the increasingly rich American mosaic.
A resource for middle and high school teachers, the educational DVD series includes images collected during Shore’s more than 40 years of travels to distant regions, including North Korea, Mali, Syria, Myanmar, Bhutan, Namibia, Cuba, New Guinea and Tibet, among others. The nonprofit is currently in production of its next DVD, “Windows & Mirrors: Africa.” Upcoming programming will focus on Latin America.
Cultural Jambalaya’s award-winning DVD series can now be streamed online free of charge. Supported by an online study guide, users can access the videos by logging on to www.CulturalJam.org.
“We are excited to make our DVD series available to people anywhere, anytime,” said Shore. “Now classrooms around the country – and around the world – can utilize the content online in a variety of subjects, including social studies, geography, history, diversity and language.”