RFE Alumna's documentary wins two Emmy Awards
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Allison Pareis documentary “Sculpting The Wind: Alexa King and The Making of the Barbaro Memorial Statue” won two Emmy Awards in June from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lower Great Lakes chapter in Cleveland. Producer Allison Pareis won an Emmy in the Crafts: Director, Post Production category, for shaping the visual and sonic elements of the program. Audio engineer Stan Sollars won the Emmy for Crafts: Audio, for his sound mix of “Sculpting The Wind.”
This is Pareis’ first Emmy win and first documentary. “Sculpting The Wind” has also garnered a bronze Telly Award, a Videographer Award of Distinction, a platinum Aurora Award, and an honorable mention in the Media Eclipse Awards sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association.
“Sculpting The Wind” details the heart and soul of the preparations and production of the Barbaro memorial statue, sculpted by artist Alexa King. The statue resides at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby.
Barbaro won the Derby in 2006, only to suffer multiple fractures in his right rear leg later that year, while racing in the Preakness. Complications arose from those injuries. Barbaro was euthanized in January 2007. King’s sculpture, placed outside of Churchill Downs’ Gate 1, has proven to be a “must-see” point of inspiration for horseracing fans.