New Video Documentary Produced by Kevin Duffus
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The Island Breeze - July 1998
The Graveyard of the Atlantic - 400 Years of Shipwrecks, Mysteries, and Heroic Rescues, a documentary on one of the most dangerous ocean passages in the world of the coast of the Outer Banks, has won the prestigious Silver Telly Award.
Produced by Kevin Duffus of Raleigh, president of Video Marketing Group, the video won the best documentary in the history category.
The Telly Awards were founded in 1980 to showcase and give recognition to outstanding non-network and cable television commercials. The competition was expanded several years ago to include film and video productions, as well as non-network television programming. Since their inception, the Telly Awards have become a well-known, highly respected national competition. This year, there were more than 10,000 entries.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic - 400 Years of Shipwrecks, Mysteries, and Heroic Rescues focuses on the treacherous seas and shifting shoals of the waters off the Outer banks that have claimed more than 1000 ships since the early days of exploration along the North Carolina coast.
The 90-minute, two-part documentary tells the story of pirates and ghost ships, of wars and storms, of brave men who risked their lives to save the survivors of sinking ships, and of the people of the isolated barrier islands whose lives were shaped by living on the edge of the Graveyard of the Atlantic.
The story is told for the first time in pictures, including rare film footage and photographs. It is also told by interviews with the Outer Banks' most foremost historian, David Stick, and the voices of islanders for whom shipwrecks were a way of life that brought employment, food, fuel, and lumber to build their homes, churches, and schools.
Duffus became interested in producing the documentary when he was invited to bid on a promotional video for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, a shipwreck museum that is planned for the southern end of Hatteras Island. Joseph Schwarzer, the museum's executive director, was the documentary's research consultant and assisted in the production. The museum will benefit from sales of the documentary.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is sponsoring three special showings of the video this summer on June 25, July 23 and August 13. Each of the showings will be at the Fessenden Center in Buxton and is free and open to the public.
The documentary is also for sale at various places on the Outer Banks, including the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum office, above the post office in Hatteras village, at National Park Service stores and visitor centers, and the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The cost is $19.95 for each of the two parts. For phone and credit card orders, call Video Marketing Group at 800-647-3536.
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