Filmmaker set to make documentary about Pomeroy

Last updated: August 07. 2014 5:29PM - 4560 Views
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Evan Shaw holds his ninth Emmy award. Shaw is currently working on a documentary about Pomeroy. (Submitted photo)
Evan Shaw holds his ninth Emmy award. Shaw is currently working on a documentary about Pomeroy. (Submitted photo)
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POMEROY — Evan Shaw, a former resident of Pomeroy, recently won his ninth Emmy award for film.

Shaw and Dr. Lynn Harter, of Ohio University School of Communications, won an Emmy for their trailer for their 2015 series “The Courage of Creativity.”

“That was brought to my attention by Lynn Harter, and it’s a great chance to get involved with that,” Shaw said. “I’ve always been interested in the arts, and this furthers that exploration.”

The documentary series the two are producing will focus on artists who do residencies in hospitals or institutions, and work directly with patients.

The artists create artworks with patients, play music for them and involve the patients with one another during art projects.

For the past year, Shaw has been filming at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, and residency programs of Collaborative Art International at centers for the developmentally disabled around the country.

Shaw was also nominated for two other Emmys in the art category, both for his work on “Honey For the Heart,” which is a film that followed artists who created large puppets for the Athens Halloween Parade. In total, Shaw has been nominated for 15 Emmys and has won nine.

Shaw also works for NFL Films and regularly films football during the season. He has filmed two Super Bowl games, and has been trained to use the new cameras the NFL will be using this upcoming season. He and the NFL videography crew have been nominated for several Emmys for their work.

An employee of WOUB in Athens, Shaw also helped produce a new series entitled “Our Town,” which focuses on different cities throughout Ohio, including histories, personalities and communities. The first city to be featured was Lancaster.

“Cities have such amazing stories, and people do a lot of work to preserve them,” Shaw said. “And this lets people be proud of where they’re from. I think it’s a cool way to let people realize where they come from.”

Shaw, a former Pomeroy resident, decided that his hometown would be featured in the next “Our Town” documentary. For the next eight months, Shaw will be filming, interviewing and collecting information from Pomeroy citizens about Pomeroy. Anyone interested in in sharing information, home movies, stories or photographs with Shaw and his crew can email them at Ourtown@woub.org.

“I’m really proud to be from Meigs County,” Shaw said. “And hopefully (Pomeroy residents) will take a sense of pride in where they come from. And it’s a chance for them to want to go out and make their own history and see what they can do.”

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