William Melton, who grew up in Chatham, has been notifed that he was won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Award for 2001.
The award is given for the documentary, The Pursuit of Truth, which was produced while Melton was vice president for external affairs at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He served as executive producer for the project.
Produced to commemorate the bicentennial celebration of the college, the film focuses on the liberal arts tradition at the turn of the 21st century. Four years in the making, The Pursuit of Truth was selected for the education category in CINE's Spring 2001 competition.
Nancy Rome was chosen to produce the film. A graduate of Middlebury College, she had earlier made educational videos for the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden,
Allen Moore was employed as director of photography. His credits include many of the Ken Burns' documentaries produced for National Public Television. Melton served as executive producer on the project.
CINE (The Council for International Non-Theatrical Events) was founded in 1957 to realistically depict American life and thought for a global audience.
Equivalent to the Oscar in the world of educational films, for many years the Golden Eagle provided an automatic nomination to the Academy Awards.
This year's prizes will be presented at CINE's annual awards dinner in March 2002 at the National Geographic Society's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Melton is now vice president of Rhode Island School of Design and the museum in Providence, Rhode Island. His parents, Helen and Herman Melton, live in Chatham
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