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Unnatural Wonder documentary receives Rocky Mountain Emmy Award

Arizona Republic logo Arizona Republic 9/16/2019 Alyssa Stoney, Arizona Republic
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An Arizona Republic documentary received an Emmy award Saturday at the 42nd annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.

"An Unnatural Wonder," published in 2018, is a documentary following a Republic reporter and photographer on their 16-day journey down the Colorado River. The documentary records how profoundly human activity and construction have turned this natural river into a modified, "unnatural wonder." 

David Wallace and Michael Chow are credited as directors, cinematographers and editors of the documentary, which included interviews with scientists, government officials, Grand Canyon guides and others.

The Republic won a 2019 Rocky Mountain Emmy award for its documentary "An Unnatural Wonder." © The Republic The Republic won a 2019 Rocky Mountain Emmy award for its documentary "An Unnatural Wonder."

The project reveals how the experiences that visitors see at the river are controlled by scientists and technology. The documentary was a companion to a special report of the same name, written by Brandon Loomis and edited by Shaun McKinnon. The team's work was supported by a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

The 30-minute documentary went on a public screening tour with stops in Flagstaff, Phoenix and at the Grand Canyon. 

The characters in the film send messages about conservation, the importance of science and the importance of the public's role in taking care of the river. 

The Emmy was awarded under the "Environmental-News-Feature Story" division. 

The documentary can be found at environment.azcentral.com. 

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