A University of Mississippi film that chronicles former Gov. William Winter's role as a leader in education reform, economic development and racial reconciliation has won an regional Emmy for best historical documentary by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
“The Toughest Job: William Winter's Mississippi” was made by Matthew Graves, a filmmaker at the Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The awards were handed out June 6 in Atlanta.
“It's been a remarkable challenge attempting to condense a whole life's worth of passion, bitter defeats, and momentous victories into an hourlong documentary but I feel very satisfied with what we've created,” said Graves. “To me, it's a thrilling story of perseverance and leadership and is truly a testament to what is possible in this state.”
The film, executive produced by Harper and David Crews, had its broadcast premiere in October 2014 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. It has since been screened at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and at the Overby Center for Journalism and Politics at UM.
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