“Keepers of the Bees” Documentary Nominated for MidSouth Regional Emmy Award

Thursday, January 12, 2023

A short film on the creation of UNCW’s Beekeeping Club that evolved into a documentary focusing on the caretakers of honey bees has been nominated for a MidSouth Regional Emmy Award. 

“Keepers of the Bees,” produced by the UNCW Media Production team in collaboration with students, was among four documentaries nominated in the “Documentary Film – Topical” category. The film was inspired by a group of UNCW students who turned their passion for bee preservation into an active, thriving campus community of honey bee advocates. In the process of making the documentary, students and filmmakers learned about the robust beekeeping system in North Carolina and efforts to cultivate and protect the species.

“This nomination is humbling and a testament to the magic that emerges from creative collaboration,” said UNCW Media Production director Jesse Bradley, who served as the documentary’s producer, director and editor. “I am honored to create inspiring art with incredibly skilled professionals.”

The Nashville/MidSouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recently announced nominations for the 37th MidSouth Regional Emmy Awards. There were nearly 1,000 entries from across the region, which encompasses North Carolina, Tennessee and the television market of Huntsville, Alabama. Entries are judged by peer professionals from at least two different chapters from across the country.

Winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. Central time. The ceremony can be viewed via livestream

“Keeper of the Bees” premiered on PBS NC in July 2021 and won the Best Documentary award at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival in August 2021. It was accepted into the Real to Reel International Film Festival in 2020.

-- Venita Jenkins