WEE wins two prestigious awards



Documentary to air again on WPBT

Miami –April 28, 2014 – West Encounters East, a documentary film by Miami-based filmmaker Stella M. Holmes, has been recognized with two important industry accolades. The documentary was named a Silver winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, and Ms. Holmes received the 2014 Brazilian International Press Award in the Cinema and Film category.

Released in 2013 by PBS, West Encounters East explores the themes of immigration, alienation and assimilation through the works of Japanese-Brazilian artists, descendants of a century-old diaspora that has given São Paulo, Brazil, the largest Japanese population outside Japan.

“The possibility of bridging cultures through art has always captured my soul, especially cultures that are so vastly different,” said Ms. Holmes, who was inspired by the works of these bicultural artists to embark upon a personal journey of discovery.

After its debut on WPBT2 in May 2013, West Encounters East aired on more than 280 public television channels nationwide. It was screened as an official selection of three film festivals, and was shown on opening night of the 2013 Brazilian Film Festival of Miami.

WPBT2 will encore the award-winning documentary at 10 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014.

The Telly Award was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other, but are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, its highest honor.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “Stella Holmes’s accomplishment illustrates her creativity, skill, and dedication to her craft, and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” Created in 1997 by journalist and producer Carlos Borges, the Brazilian International Press Awards have become, over the years, among the most important celebrations of Brazilian culture internationally.

Since its inception, the initiative has had a clearly defined mission: to honor the personalities, institutions and initiatives committed to promoting positive artistic and cultural images of Brazil.

“I am so pleased and excited to accept these recognitions of West Encounters East, my debut film,” Ms. Holmes said. “From my heart, I offer my deepest gratitude to the many people who contributed their time and efforts to help make this film possible. You all share in these honors.”

About Stella M. Holmes: Documentary filmmaker and art historian Stella M. Holmes is founder and president of The Brickellian, an umbrella organization that includes West Encounters East, a film production company; The Brickellian, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to arts, culture and style; and The Brickellian Art Consultancy, which offers expert art consulting and acquisition services.

Press contact: Carolina Lucero info@westencounterseast.com