October 3, 2015
The Great American Wheat Harvest wins a 2015 Mid-America Regional EMMY® Award
Film maker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC is excited to announce that his 2014 documentary the Great American Wheat Harvest film has received a Mid-America Regional EMMY® Award! On Saturday, October 3, the Mid-America Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held the EMMY® Gala in St. Louis, Missouri and the Great American Wheat Harvest was selected as the WINNER FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY – CULTURAL.
The Great American Wheat Harvest is the story about the American harvesters who risk everything to put food on our tables. Each year they travel from Texas north across the Western Plains harvesting wheat and other crops that feed the world. The film follows their journey and tells their stories.
The film aired on WQPT (Quad Citiies PBS) this past February, and consequently qualified to be submitted for the EMMY® nomination. As one of nineteen regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Mid-America Chapter is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards.
It’s the first EMMY® nomination and win for Weaver. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized in this manner, it truly was unexpected! First, I want to thank my family: my wife, Jodi, and children, Laken and Spencer who supported me throughout the four years of production that went into making this film. Without their support and love, I couldn’t have worked on a project like this! I also want to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this film possible, and for the staff at WQPT for airing the film on their Quad Cities PBS station. And last but certainly not least, I want to thank the harvesters who took a risk and allowed me to document their lives and work. I’m truly blessed to call them my friends!”
Weaver is currently working on a new documentary film called, Thirsty Land. It’s the story about the drought in the American West and its impact on agriculture, communities, and the environment. Thirsty Land is expected to be released in late 2016. Be sure to check out the photos and videos on the Thirsty Land Facebook page, or visit, www.thirstylandmovie.com.]]>
We’re excited to announce that the Great American Wheat Harvest film has been nominated for an EMMY® Award! On Thursday, August 7, the Mid-America Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2015 Regional EMMY® Awards, and the Great American Wheat Harvest was nominated in the documentary-cultural category.
The film aired on WQPT (Quad Citiies PBS) this past February, and consequently qualified to be submitted for the nomination. As one of nineteen regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Mid-America Chapter is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards. Mid-America represents the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry in the region.
It’s really an honor be considered for an EMMY® Award; it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and persistence in getting our film to an audience who needs to see it. This nomination is also a tribute to the farmers and harvesters who work hard, year in and year out, to bring food to our tables.
The 39th Mid-America EMMY® Gala will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. We hope to come home with the golden statue.
We’re looking for more opportunities to air the film. If you’re a television station programming director, and would like to feature The Great American Wheat Harvest on your station, please give us a call. You can reach Conrad Weaver at 301-606-7794, or email at Conrad@conjostudios.com, or on Twitter: @conjostudios
The Quad Cities is home to the global headquarters of the film’s legacy sponsor, John Deere, and John Deere Harvester Works, the factory where John Deere combines are made; so it’s appropriate that WQPT has agreed to show our film on their station.
This is the first public television showing of the film and we hope to connect with other PBS stations around the country. If you would like it shown in your area, please contact your local PBS station and ask for it. The more interest there is, the more likely they will agree to air it.
The film will be shown at the following days and times on WQPT:
Tuesday, February 3rd @ 7p.m.
Wednesday, February 4th @ Midnight
Thursday, February 5th @ 9p.m.
Friday, February 6th @ 2:30a.m.
“I just got to watch my DVD last night after we got in from harvesting corn ourselves. I think it was very important to get a message out about where your food comes from and the struggle and hard work that it takes to achieve this. I am very excited and proud to have been a part of the harvest crew and help harvest the crops that feed the world. I thank you for what you did, GREAT job!”
– Tyler Jones]]>
by Lacy Gray, click here for bio
Program: Food Forethought
Date: September 16, 14
Download Report: FFT091614.mp3
Long before I was even a twinkle in my Dad’s eye he worked as a custom wheat harvester, traveling around the Midwest, parts of the south and even up into the Pacific Northwest harvesting wheat. I always found his stories about those times interesting and entertaining. I was amazed that my Dad had done this. “The Great American Wheat Harvest” is a documentary film that tells the story of five hard working families and crews who travel the country harvesting that golden grain that as the film’s producers say, “feeds our Great Country and the World”. Produced by award winning director and producer Conrad Weaver, the film was four years in the making and is now touring the nation since its premier at the National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. on National Ag Day this past spring. Weaver says that the response he has received from the thousands of people who have viewed the film has been “overwhelmingly positive”. For those unable to attend a film screening a coffee table book is available which contains beautiful photos of the numerous harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. For more information on the film visit greatamericanwheatharvest.com.
“I think it will open people’s eyes if they see it as to how the whole industry works,” said Zack, a custom harvester from Girard, Kansas who was at the showing with his family. “I’ll let everybody know about it.”
A farming couple from North Dakota was excited to see people they knew on the big screen. “It was just great to see the whole run of the harvest…even though we’re farmers ourselves,” said Bonnie. “American people need to realize what wheat harvest entails and what it does for our country,” agreed her husband Lyle.
“Now everybody can understand what we do,” says Kim from Bowdon, ND, who works with a custom harvest family.
Listen: Interviews with Great American Wheat Harvest viewers
Rick Solberg, a cash crop product specialist with New Holland based in Bismark, says there’s a lot of heavy machinery in the movie of all different colors. “There’s certainly a lot of pride working with New Holland and seeing that product in the field and people who own it,” said Solberg. “It’s real life. There’s a big cross section of different manufacturers and equipment in the harvest.”
New Holland is one of the sponsors of the documentary and so is John Deere, Case IH, MacDon, and Claas. Wheat harvesting is color blind!
Frederick Film Maker Announces Maryland Premiere of the Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary
Emmitsburg, MD – August 15, 2014 Documentary filmmaker and video producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, MD announces that his film, the Great American Wheat Harvest will make it’s Maryland debut at the Holiday Cinemas in Frederick, on Thursday, August 28. The evening will begin at 6:00PM with a meet and greet with Weaver, and the film showing at 7:15PM. There will also be a Q & A time after the film shows.
Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years that took him on a journey of more than 100,000 miles. “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains.
The film tells the story of five harvesting families and crews who travel from Texas to the Canadian border each year harvesting wheat. “At first I thought it would be a film about big farm machinery and beautiful landscapes – and those things are there – but it’s really a story about people.” The harvesting families and farmers Weaver met over the past four years have become some of his best friends, and the film explains how they take incredible financial risks most people wouldn’t dream of taking, in order to make a living. The work they do enables the rest of us to have food on our tables.
The Great American Wheat Harvest had it’s national Premiere at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC on National Ag Day in March, and has since been screening in theaters and special events around the country. According to Weaver, thousands of people have already seen the film and the response is overwhelmingly positive. Weaver says he hopes people will have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what it takes to get a loaf of bread to the table.
In addition to the film, Weaver has recently published a coffee-table book containing beautiful photos of harvest scenes he and his crew shot while making the documentary. The photo book is available for purchase at the film web site: GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com and will be available at the Frederick event.
Weaver is releasing a DVD and Blu-ray disc in October that will contain the feature film, as well as many extra features not seen in the film. For more information about the film, or to pre-order a DVD or Blu-ray, visit www.GreatAmericanWheatHarvest.com.
Holiday Cinemas is located at 100 Baughmans Lane, Frederick, MD 21702.
Weaver invites and welcomes the public to attend and recognizes New Holland Agriculture as one of the many companies and agricultural organizations that provided support for the production of the film. Earlier this year, the North Dakota Wheat Commission, along with other North Dakota state agriculture groups and agencies, also teamed up to sponsor the film.
“We are excited to be back in North Dakota and and welcome the support of New Holland as we present the film for the first time to North Dakota movie goers,” he says. “The state’s wheat farming families will recognize many scenes and relate to the family farm story of Stuart and Katie Dilse near Scranton.”
The Zeorian Harvesting & Trucking of Manley, Nebr., and the L. Petersen Farms of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, both run New Holland combines on the wheat harvest route from Texas and Canada and also are profiled in the film. The Zeorian’s tell their story of the wheat harvest through the All Aboard Wheat Harvest custom harvester blog, produced by High Plains Journal and sponsored by New Holland Agriculture.
“New Holland is pleased to sponsor the showing of this important documentary film in North Dakota, the state that leads the nation in hard red spring wheat and durum production,” says Mark Hooper, New Holland Director of Marketing, North America. “As an advocate for agriculture, we feel this film is a smart way to connect consumers with the North American wheat growers and custom harvesters who produce their food.”
New Holland provides combine service to custom harvesters through the New Holland Harvest Support Team, which travels with the wheat harvest. The Harvest Support Team of equipment experts will be attending the film showing in Bismarck. The Grand 22 Theatre is located at 1486 Interstate Loop.
For more information about sponsorship packages, media interviews, speaking appearances of the filmmaker and questions, contact Jody L. Lamp, GAWH National Executive Co-Coordinator, call (406) 698-9675 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>