The film was unveiled at the Aspen Film Festival in 1998, winning the Best Audience Prize, Whisnant remembered. "It won a number of other film festivals and the world tour was a huge success, which included screenings in Hong Kong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City - we had the film subtitled in Vietnamese. It was shown on NBC in December of 1998 as a holiday special. It won an Emmy award that year for Best Sports Programming."
Now serving as the Founder and Managing Director at Washington's Stephen Whisnant Strategies, LLC, Whisnant noted the Kartemquin documentary helped show the public that inclusive events like the Vietnam Challenge "were more than just isolated sports events. Rather, there were stories and messages powerful to share with folks who were never on the teams. They spoke to what the mission and purpose of World T.E.A.M. Sports was all about."
About Kartemquin Films
Kartemquin is a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016, Kartemquin celebrates 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies, and for its innovative media arts community programs. The organization has won every major critical and journalistic prize, including multiple Emmy, Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and an Oscar nomination. Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.
About World T.E.A.M. Sports
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. Since its founding in 1993, World T.E.A.M. Sports has organized athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens - mountain climbing, white water rafting, biking, and more.
Four things always happen at our events:
(1) Disabled participants build self-confidence and physical fitness;
(2) The disabled provide a role model for other disabled citizens, encouraging them to take up physical activities;
(3) The disabled become a moving inspiration to other participants and to spectators when they see that disabled individuals can meet challenges beyond anyone's imagination;
(4) The disabled and able-bodied participants learn to work as a team to overcome those challenges. World T.E.A.M. Sports changes lives through sports.
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