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Telly Award Winner
Category: Biography/History (Winner)
Low Budget Documentary (Finalist)
Project: Cultural Resource Program at China Lake Naval Weapons Station
Client: US Navy
The recently completed video documentary entitled Cultural Resources Program at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station  helps showcase resources found in the remote desert terrain  of southeastern California.
The 27 minute video  creates a detailed look at the petroglyph findings and prehistoric native American sites as well as abandoned historical mining districts that are found within China Lake's Naval desert boundaries. The program is narrated by professional  archeologists and historians who have worked with the Navy in the area for the past decade, and is considered a valuable resource tool for the further studies of the cultural history of the Eastern Sierra/ Owens Valley and Californian desert regions.
The program was produced by the China Lake  Navy's Director of Cultural Resources, Carolyn Sheppard who put together a team which included Greg Halsey from DSI as the project manager,  Phil Gross from Cinnabar Video as the director for the video and Amy Gilreath from Far Western Archeological Group who assisted in script development and program content.
Director Sheppard  says that the video give the people a chance to view resources that are restricted from public access.  She adds, "The US Navy is very serious about our role as custodian  of the beautiful desert land that our base is on.  The cultural resources are invaluable, and we wanted to show that we have put together a team of environmental experts that help guide our long term stewardship of this land." 
Before I became a film producer , my background was in geology," comments director Phil Gross, "so helping to create a program that looks into the history of abandoned mining villages and petroglyphs was a treat. You have to thank the Navy, these sites are in pristine condition. When its still, and the wind dies down, its easy to sense the presence of the past inhabitants of these untrampled sites.
"Cultural Resources Program At China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station" has won two Telly Awards for non-broadcast programming. The first award is winner in the category of history/biography and the second award is finalist in the category of low budget programs (under $700 per finished minute).


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