A locally produced documentary has been nominated for a Chicago Emmy Award.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter
nominated “Everglades of the North: the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh,”
this week for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for
Documentary Programs Š Historical.
The 2013 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3, at
the Alhambra Palace in Chicago.
The film debuted on Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) in November 2012 and
has since been aired on 32 PBS stations across the nation.
It has won awards in several film festivals and is currently an “Official
Selection” in the American Conservation Film Festival to be held in West
Virginia this fall.
Major funding for this program has been provided by: Lake Heritage Parks
Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, South Shore Convention and
Visitors Authority, Legacy Foundation, Dean and Barbara White Foundation,
Albert’s Jewelers, Dorene and Jerry Hammes, Newton County Community
Foundation, Jasper Foundation, Inc., Waterfowl U.S.A., Izaak Walton League
of America, South Shore Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment
for the Arts, Jimmy F. New Foundation and The Nature Conservancy
A trailer is available at
The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League has donated two copies
of the “Everglades of the North, the Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh” and
a Teacher’s Guide for the film to the Westchester Public Library in
Produced by For Goodness Sakes Productions LLC in Valparaiso, Ind., the film
tells the past and current history of the Kankakee River and the Grand
Parts of Porter County were covered by the huge wetland before it was
drained and the river channelized.
To date the film has been broadcast on 32 different PBS stations in 22
states since being released in November 2012. It was produced in partnership
with the Diana Chapter Izaak Walton League in Shelby, Ind., with the
financial support of many local foundations, businesses, and individuals.
Copies of the Teachers Guide and DVD are available free to teachers and
librarians in NW Indiana and the Kankakee River watershed. They are
available at the office of WYIN Lakeshore Public TV in Merrillville upon
showing proof of position. For information visit