“Above the Ashes” has been nominated for three prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards in the categories of best topical documentary, best program editing and best sound.
The Heartland Chapter is a chapter in the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Emmy Award represents the best in the television industry. The Heartland Emmy award ceremony takes place in both Denver and Oklahoma City on July 21, 2012.
“Above the Ashes” was directed, produced and edited by video artist Michelle Bauer Carpenter, an assistant professor in Digital Design at the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media. Carpenter has produced, directed and edited award-winning experimental and documentary pieces. Her video pieces have broadcast nationally and have screened in numerous international and national film festivals and art galleries.
The surround sound was designed by David Bondelevitch, an assistant professor in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Recording Arts Program in the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. Bondelevitch works as a freelance music and dialogue editor and re-recording mixer in Los Angeles. He has credits on more than 150 films and television shows.
A longtime Boulder resident, Carpenter and her family live in the historic mining town site of Sunshine located in the Fourmile fire burn area. “The losses our friends suffered are absolutely heartbreaking,” she said. “Over half of the homes in our neighborhood were lost to the fire. As soon as we were allowed home I began documenting the devastation.”
“Above the Ashes” is an award-winning documentary that reveals untold heroes, the strength of mountain communities and the devastation caused by the catastrophic Fourmile fire that ravaged the mountain communities to the west of Denver.
“Above the Ashes” documents the Fourmile fire through the eyes of Sunshine residents who refused to evacuate and joined together to fight the fire. Their heroic actions saved numerous homes in the Sunshine community. Using haunting visuals “Above the Ashes” reveals tales of bravery, family, friends, loss and the rebuilding of a community.
“Above the Ashes” features an original score by Brandon Vaccaro and closes with the musical piece “Smoke and Tears” composed by longtime Sunshine resident and nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Rebecca Folsom. The piece features a haunting 5.1 surround sound mix by sound editor and re-recording mixer David Bondelevitch, MPSE, CAS.