Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (LMU SFTV) Professor Glenn Gebhard received a regional Emmy® Award in the category of Best Documentary for his recent film Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented Gebhard with the award on June 18th, 2016 at the 47th Annual Lower Great Lakes Chapter Awards ceremony in Sandusky, Ohio.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and José Antonio Echeverría — a school teacher and architecture student, respectively — whose names seldom appear alongside their more famous contemporaries, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Through archival stock footage, recreations and exclusive interviews with Cuban revolution participants and observers, family members of the men, Americans who fought alongside Castro and Guevara, and a former CIA agent, we learn how these young men, who worked largely independently from each other, played critical roles in the eventual overthrow of dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldíva. The documentary was co-produced by WTIU Public Television from Indiana University, a PBS affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana, and aired nationally on PBS this past year.
“It was a great honor to be awarded an Emmy® for my film Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution. Many years in the making, I especially appreciate my colleagues who worked with me to bring this film to the public, and to everyone who contributed to the production. Hopefully the themes of this film will resonate beyond Cuba and highlight the importance of readdressing history, and understanding the reasons why history can be used in any country for political manipulation,” said Gebhard.
LMU SFTV contributors include alumnus Tim Guest (Screenwriting – B.A. ‘10), who co-wrote the film; SFTV lecturer Mario Congreve served as the film’s co-producer and cinematographer; SFTV Recording Arts Department’s Associate Professor Kurt Daugherty recorded sound; Professor Mladen Milicevic composed the music; and Clinical Assistant Professor Gino Brancolini, the Associate Producer, contributed to both the scripting and editing of the film.
Glenn Gebhard is an award-winning film and video producer. He directs both documentaries and narrative films. His 2012 documentary Greetings from Fire Island received the J. Stuart Blackton Award for Best Documentary at the Long Island Film Festival and won first place in the 2014 Press Club of Long Island awards in the Arts category. His other awards and honors include the Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant; Ageis Award; Telly Award (multiple); Cine Eagle Award; Chris Award; Scan/Nato Award; Communicator’s Award; and Winner of the Boston Film festival documentary.
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution is currently available on Netflix.