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July 6, 2006
POV Receives First Primetime Emmy Nomination For Jessica Yu's "In the Realms of the Unreal"
POV, public television's premier showcase for independent point-of-view films, has garnered its first Primetime Emmy nomination, for Jessica Yu's In the Realms of the Unreal. The film was nominated for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. Nominations for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 6 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles.
Television's first and longest-running showcase independent documentary series, POV has received 18 News & Documentary Emmy Awards in addition to every other coveted trade award and honor, including 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, eight duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards, three Independent Spirit Awards and the Prix Italia.
POV's In the Realms of the Unreal, a profile of Henry Darger, had its national broadcast premiere on PBS in August 2005. Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, outsider artist Darger moved through life virtually unnoticed. But after his death, a treasure trove was discovered in his one-room Chicago apartment — a staggering 15,000-page novel and hundreds of illustrations that continue to inspire artists around the world. With dreamlike animation, poignant narration by Dakota Fanning and a haunting musical score, Academy Award winner Jessica Yu fashions a bold and beautiful film. In the Realms of the Unrealimmerses us in Darger's startling universe of innocence and pain, showing how he forged magic out of the bleakest of lives. The film is a co-presentation with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).
Jessica Yu won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, a portrait of the award-winning writer who worked for decades from the confines of an iron lung. The film was rebroadcast recently on "True Lives," a new series from the producers of POV
"Jessica Yu's film is a formidable accomplishment in the documentary genre," said POV Executive Producer Cara Mertes. "It is a film that makes us think about storytelling in new ways, and one which we have been very proud to support."
The awards will be presented to recipients at a black-tie presentation on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.