Canadian Nominees at Science Media Awards

The Kingdom: How Fungi Make Our World
Photo by Steve Axford

By Pat Mullen

Several Canadian documentaries and Canadian co-productions are among this year’s nominees for the prestigious Jackson Hole Media Science Awards. The awards honour works in the a/v field that enrich viewers with stories and insights about our planet. Nominees were announced in 20 categories with contenders selected by 100 judges from a pool of over 500 submissions.

The Canadian-Australian co-production The Kingdom: How Fungi Make Our World, directed by Annamaria Talas and produced by Anne Pick, received nominations in the categories for Visualization and Science of Life, which honours films with a focus on zoology, botany, genetics and evolution. The Kingdom is a visually gorgeous documentary that examines the role of fungi in regenerating the planet after the Earth’s last mass extinction event. Featuring some impressive time lapse shots by Steve Axford, The Kingdom offers an up close view of the magic that mushrooms work on the world.

Niobe Thompson’s epic study of human migration The Great Human Odyssey, which debuted on the CBC and screened in select cities with an outstanding live score, gets the distinct honour of sharing a category with Brett Morgen’s awards juggernaut Jane. Odyssey competes with Jane is for the prize of Being Human, which awards documentaries examining human and social sciences. Jane nabbed additional nominations for writing and editing.

Other Canuck contenders include Anjali Nayar’s Silas in the Special Jury category. The award honours films of merit outside of the standard criteria of other categories. The CBC’s Myth or Science: The Power of Poo repped Canada with a nomination in the Science Ambassador and Engaging Youth Scientists categories.

Winners will be announced during the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub, in Boston, September 25-27.