11 October 2018 |Three professors from Keene, Texas-based Southwestern Adventist University have been nominated for regional Emmy Awards.
Kyle Portbury, Glen Robinson and Michael Agee have been nominated for their movie, “Truth.” According to the Burleson Star, the film is nominated for the category of Historic/Cultural – Program Feature/Segment in the annual Lone Star Chapter Regional Emmy Awards. The professors will attend the November 3 award ceremony in Houston.
Portbury also received an Emmy nomination for outstanding achievement in directing.
“Truth” chronicles the story of women’s rights activist and abolitionist, Sojourner Truth, who was born into slavery and gained her freedom in 1827. It portrays her extemporaneous speech delivered in 1851 at the Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio.
Truth recruited black soldiers for the Union side during the Civil War and tried and failed to procure federal grants for former slaves after the war.
“We are extremely honored to receive an Emmy nomination for ‘Truth’,” said writer/director Portbury. “This nomination demonstrates the film’s capacity to continue the conversation Sojourner began 167 years ago. It’s a conversation as relevant today as it was in 1851.”
Truth employs graphic novel style animation. It has been aired at film festivals around the United States as well as at the North American headquarters of the Adventist Church.
Southwestern Adventist University enrolls about 800 students. It is owned by the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.