Contact: Sarah Ray

Posted: July 16, 2001

VT-A documentary commemorating the Middlebury
College Bicentennial celebration, which culminated in November 2000, has
won a Golden Eagle Award from the Washington, D.C.-based Council for International
Non-theatrical Events (CINE). The council selected “The Pursuit of
Truth,” which focuses on the liberal arts tradition at the turn of
the 21st century, as the winner in the education category in CINE’s spring
2001 competition. Held each spring and fall, the CINE Golden Eagle Film
and Video Competitions celebrate excellence in documentary and other informational
film and video production.

The film’s producers and director will receive the prize at CINE’s annual
awards dinner in March 2002 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters
in Washington, D.C.

Commenting on the significance of the award, Middlebury College Director
of Public Affairs Phil Benoit said, “This award is equivalent to
the Oscar in the world of educational films. We’re honored that ‘The Pursuit
of Truth’ has won the CINE Golden Eagle.”

Nancy Rome, a member of the Middlebury class of 1978, produced the documentary
and independent filmmaker Allen Moore directed it. Will Melton, former
Middlebury College vice president of external affairs, was executive producer.

Moore has served as director of photography for several of filmmaker Ken
Burns’ historical films aired on PBS, including two nine-part series -
“The Civil War” and “Baseball” - and two two-part
series - “Thomas Jefferson” and “Lewis and Clark.”
Other documentaries he has directed include “Adam Clayton Powell”
and “Divided Highways: A History of the American Interstates.”
He has also served as cinematographer of a number of documentaries, including
“Adam Clayton Powell” and “Divided Highways: A History
of the American Interstates.”

Rome began her television career as a researcher at the “MacNeil/Lehrer
Report,” the precursor to the current “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”
She has also produced educational videos for the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm.

CINE was founded in 1957 by a consortium representing business, education
and government to depict American life and thought realistically for a
global audience. A national board comprised of 22 representatives from
the film and video industry oversees the organization.