Series Blog

Archive for Press & Awards

Last Days in Vietnam Receives Academy Award® Nomination

American Experience announced today that its production Last Days in Vietnam, directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, has been nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. This is Ms. Kennedy’s first Academy Award® nomination, and the ninth for the series.

Emmy Award for Outstanding Research for "Jesse Owens"

We have the pleasure to announce that the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film "Jesse Owens" has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.  

"American Experience prides itself on rigorous research for each of our films. We are proud that the production team was recognized with the News and Documentary Emmy Award," said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels. Jesse Owens premiered in May of 2012 and is streaming for free on our website

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Receives Two Emmy Nominations

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been honored with two nominations for the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Announced this morning, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences nominated the series' films Death and the Civil War for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special," and The Abolitionists for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series." 

CINE Golden Eagle Award for "Jesse Owens"

We are excited to announce that we have been honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Award for our film Jesse Owens!

For over 50 years, the CINE Golden Eagle Award has signified excellence within the film and television industry. From emerging filmmakers to industry pioneers, the twice-yearly CINE Golden Eagle Competition is home to the best of film, television, and digital media.

American Experience Honored with 12th Eric Barnouw Award

American Experience has been honored with the 2013 Eric Barnouw Award for its recent film, Death and the Civil WarThis is the 12th time an American Experience production has received this honor.

From acclaimed filmmaker Ric BurnsDeath and the Civil War examines the many ways the staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people.  The work of contending with death on an unprecedented scale propelled extraordinary changes in the inner and outer life of Americans – posing challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began  – challenges that called forth remarkable and eventually heroic efforts as Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale. Based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s groundbreaking book, This Republic of Suffering, the film was broadcast in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

The Series Wins a Peabody

American Experience has been honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, widely considered the most prestigious award for electronic media. Three American Experience films were singled out to represent the series’ body of work: Triangle Fire, telling the story a deadly workplace accident that forever changed the industry of the American factory; Freedom Riders, recounting the bravery of black and white Americans who took a stand against racism in one of the Civil Rights Movement's first decisive victories; and Stonewall Uprising, documenting 1969 protests that marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around theworld. These three documentaries will be honored under the banner of American Experience as a series.