A Tale of Two Lakes, a documentary video produced by students in the Cayuga Community College Telcom Department, is one of the winners of the 2009 Classic Gold Telly Award in the Non-Broadcast Production category. This is the second Telly won by the video, and its fourth major award.
A Tale of Two Lakes traces a fateful century of history for two upstate New York lakes. Today, Skaneateles Lake is a pristine source of pure drinking water, while less than 20 miles away, Onondaga Lake is a toxic waste site.
The producers, all of whom have since graduated from Cayuga, were Peter Cramer, Laura Harmon, Caleb Kerlin, Lindsey Needell, Brian O’Hare, and Eric Smith. Their project was completed in December 2006 for a Documentary Production class taught by Professor Steve Keeler and retired BBC producer Michael Hollingworth. Production of the 25-minute video was supported in part by a Labeille grant from the Cayuga Community College Foundation.
Telly Award categories span local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, film and video productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The 2009 competition attracted 11,000 entries from all 50 states and around the world. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Telly Awards, Classic Telly categories were offered for all work produced since 1978. Fewer than three percent of entrants received The Gold Classic Telly Award.
In 2007 A Tale of Two Lakes received a Bronze Telly and won the Documentary/Public Awareness category in the Hometown Video Festival of the Alliance for Community Media, a national organization of local-access cable TV providers. In 2006 the documentary earned an Honorable Mention in Videography from the international Accolade Awards competition.