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KAI Receives Video Awards

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Apr. 29, 11 -

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) has been recognized by two premier industry competitions, the Telly Awards and the Aurora Awards, for videos produced for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The NSF video, “Weaving STEM Education and Culture,” supports the federal agency’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, which gives grants to innovative, culturally relevant programs that engage American Indian and Alaska Native students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The video won a bronze Telly Award in the cultural category and a gold Aurora Award in the documentary category. Videography and editing was by Chapel Cove Productions of Silver Spring, MD.

The NSF video tells students’ stories and showcases several unique programs—a professor who connects traditional Ojibwe teachings with plant taxonomy, a nutritional science program based around Native foods, and research conducted for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by students at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Bringing Back Smiles” video is a profile of mid-level dental providers called dental therapists who practice in remote Alaska Native villages.The Foundation is supporting community-led efforts to improve oral health care access for the millions of Americans who live in dental shortage areas or cannot afford dental care. The video won a bronze Telly Award in the social issues category and a gold Aurora Award in the news report/update category. Videography and editing was by North by Northwest Productions of Boise, ID.

Both awards are judged by film and video industry professionals. The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. About 20 percent of entrants earn gold awards. The Telly Awards honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs as well as video and film productions and web commercials,. The competition attracts an annual field of 13,000 entries, of which approximately 18 to 25 percent earn bronze awards.

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