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Sunday, November 23, 2008

"Greatest Silent Sport" - Bart Smith Hike Documentary - Wins Emmy

Grindeland, Gilbuena, Quinn
Minnesota State University Moorhead Documentary
professor Martin Grindeland, left, and head
producer Rebba Gilbuena, center, and chief editor
Michael Quinn were among those awarded a regional
Emmy on Oct. 25 for their documentary film
"The Greatest Silent Sport."

from the Aberdeen News, "EMMY AWARD WINNER, Aberdeen Central graduate part of prize-winning university class,"
by Kevin Bennett, Nov 23, 2008

Aberdeen native Michael Quinn was one of 14 students in a broadcast documentary class at Minnesota State University Moorhead that recently won a regional Emmy.

The students received the Emmy from the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their documentary titled “The Greatest Silent Sport.”

“The Greatest Silent Sport” tags along with hiker Bart Smith as he travels the North Country National Scenic Trail, which runs roughly 4,600 miles from North Dakota to New York. Smith is walking and photographing all seven of the national scenic trails to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System. "It was a lot of hard work and we all worked together to make this project a success," said Quinn, 22, during a phone interview. "But it was very rewarding for us, especially me."

Quinn was the chief editor in charge of the documentary, which took him two and a half months to edit.

"I enjoy being behind the camera," said Quinn, who edited 30 hours of tape into the 30-minute documentary.

“That equals about 60 minutes of footage for each minute of the finished documentary,” Quinn said.

Professor's idea

All of the students wrote, reported, photographed and edited material for the project. MSUM mass communications professor Martin Grindeland served as faculty adviser.

"Professor Grindeland came up with the idea behind the documentary," said Quinn. "He's a great teacher and we all learned a lot from him. His class last year also won an Emmy for its documentary 'Walk into the Wild.'

"Rebecca Gilbuena was this year's project producer," said Quinn. "And she did an awesome job and the department continued with its award-winning tradition."

“The Greatest Silent Sport” was produced in cooperation with Prairie Public Television and the North Country Trail Association.

Quinn graduated from Aberdeen Central in 2004. His father, LeRoy Quinn Jr., lives in Sisseton. His mother, Sheila Faber, lives in Washington state.

What he's doing now

He graduated in May from MSUM, where he majored in mass communications. He now resides in Grand Rapids, Mich., and does freelance work with Zeus Pegasus International, a Virginia-based company. He's currently on an assignment covering Barry Manilow in Las Vegas that will be used by the QVC channel.

"I've been with Zeus Pegasus since September," said Quinn. "And it's never a dull moment - I love what I do. To think, this all started when I signed up for a radio and TV broadcast class in high school."

Quinn completed a project on the Republican convention and many smaller projects for the QVC channel. In January, there's a small chance Quinn could be tasked with a project for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. He does a variety of tasks when on assignment, mainly behind the camera.

"I like being behind the camera," said Quinn. "It's my thing."-->

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