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AETN's 'Silent Storytellers' wins three Emmys

"Silent Storytellers," a production of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), received three Emmy awards in the 2010 annual awards competition of the Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

"Silent Storytellers," a documentary co-produced by Casey Sanders, AETN arts and culture producer, and Hop Litzwire explores the cultural, artistic and personal stories cemeteries provide to the surrounding communities. It unearths mysteries of the past and preserves the memorials of those long forgotten.

Litzwire received awards for Best Music Composition, Best Videography and Best Director/Post Production.

"Silent Storytellers" is an AETN original documentary focusing on the art, history and secrets of Arkansas cemeteries. The story of these sacred grounds is told by individuals passionate about the sense of place they inspire, the history of their residents, beauty of the memorials and pride of preservationists attempting to stave off the effects of time. These individuals remind viewers why preserving cemeteries is important to the history and continuity of our communities. The documentary is a journey across the state to cemeteries known and unknown.

"Silent Storytellers," as well as behind-the-scenes clips, additional interviews and downloadable information about tombstone preservation, may be viewed online at www.aetn.org/silentstorytellers. "Silent Storytellers" was funded by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Heritage.

The NATAS Mid-America chapter, which includes television markets primarily in Arkansas, Illinois and Missouri, was chartered in 1962 and began honoring outstanding achievement in this region with local Emmy awards in 1976. The organizations mission is to encourage excellence in the television community.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansass statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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