by San Diego History Center:
The film, Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego, a film presented by the San Diego History Center, has won an EMMY® Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter in the category of Historical/Cultural Program or Special. The 30-minute film received the honor during ceremonies June 11, 2016 held in Palm Springs and was received by the film’s production team, Electric Ivy.
The San Diego History Center congratulates Kris Visselman, Executive Producer; Josh Allard, Producer and Director; and Cody Long, Producer and Editor on this prestigious award.
The original documentary film—playing three times daily at the San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park—is a captivating look at San Diego’s most recognized and beloved public landmarks. Viewers learn about the Park’s history, its offerings, and little known facts, giving even the most-familiar visitor a new perspective of the Park. With an original soundtrack and breathtaking aerial photography and panoramic vantages from the California Tower the filmmakers highlight the inherent beauty and cultural institutions of one of the largest urban parks and in the United States.
PHOTO: It was a fantastic night @SDBalboaTheatre for the “Balboa Park” documentary film premiere! pic.twitter.com/He6KWIMdnE
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“Balboa Park truly is the crown jewel of San Diego,” says History Center executive director, Bill Lawrence. “To think that San Diego planners had the foresight in 1868 to set aside this area for the general public to enjoy is just remarkable. And this film captures, I think, what those forward-thinking San Diegans envisioned: a resource created for the people of—and visitors to—San Diego where they could gather, celebrate, and learn and pass that down generation to generation.
Historical research and script consultation was provided by author and San Diego History Center Historian, Iris Engstrand, Ph.D. and author and longtime journalist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, Roger Showley.
Congratulations also go to Charlotte Cagan, former CEO of the History Center and Tom Fetter, President of the San Diego History Center Board of Trustees for their critical roles in this project. In addition, the San Diego History Center thanks those donors and supporters for making this film possible, including the San Diego Tourism Authority funded by the Tourism Marketing District; Jerome D. and Anne Evenson Ryan in Memory of Anne’s Mother, Bea Evenson; Media Sponsor U-T San Diego; History Center Research was underwritten by a grant from the David Whitmire Hearst, Jr. Foundation with additional support provided by Roberta and Malin Burnham; Fetter-Trevor Families; Gildred Families; Ledford-Evans Families; Legler Benbough Foundation; Trepte Family and the Balboa Park Trust at the San Diego Foundation.
You can see Balboa Park: The Jewel of San Diego plays three times daily in the Thornton Theater at the History Center in the heart of the Balboa Park. View the complete documentary online at SanDiego.org.