2013 Andrew Carnegie Award


Katja Torneman, producer of “Anna, Emma and the Condors,” is the 2013 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25– 29, in Seattle.

Established with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Carnegie Medal honors an outstanding American video production for children released during the previous year.  The award is administered by ALSC.

Anna and Emma, along with their parents, work to bring the amazing and magnificent California condor back from the brink of extinction. The girls are articulate and caring, sometimes silly and always engaging as they assist their parents with this important work.

This is a thought-provoking and visually splendid film, as special as the children and birds at its heart. The portrait of a family living with intention features breathtaking photography and dramatic use of music. Viewers are left with a sense of splendor and hope.

“Children will be inspired to see the ways that their peers, a pair of enthusiastic, very real girls, are living in partnership with the earth and doing what they can to make an important difference,” said Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Committee Chair Maeve Visser Knoth.

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Music from Woody’s banjo instrumental album ‘BanjoRAMA’ is featured on this film.