Twin Cities’ Tremendous! Entertainment and Cultural Jambalaya
04/09/2010

Twin Cities’ Tremendous! Entertainment and Cultural Jambalaya together have won a national Telly Award for “Windows & Mirrors,” a one-of-a-kind educational DVD for teachers featuring images and narratives from across the globe.

Online PR News – 09-April-2010 – – Twin Cities’ Tremendous! Entertainment and Cultural Jambalaya
Win National Award for Excellence in Cultural Education

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 8, 2010) -- Twin Cities’ Tremendous! Entertainment and Cultural Jambalaya together have won a national Telly Award for “Windows & Mirrors,” a one-of-a-kind educational DVD for teachers featuring images and narratives from across the globe. Supported by a study guide, “Windows & Mirrors” is a resource for middle and high school teachers aimed at promoting cultural understanding and acceptance through a variety of subjects, including social studies, geography, history, diversity and language.

The 31st annual Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. “Windows & Mirrors” was recognized in the Non Broadcast Educational and Cultural category. The DVD was produced by Tremendous! Entertainment’s Executive Producer Colleen Needles and Producer Kevin May. Tremendous! Entertainment is the creator of the Travel Channel’s wildly successful “Bizarre Foods” featuring Andrew Zimmern, who explores cultures around the world through the unusual foods they eat.

Cultural Jambalaya, a nonprofit that uses international photography to promote understanding and respect for all people, was founded by globe trekker Gail Shore, whose self-funded solo treks focus on people and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich fragile cultures around the world.

“After many years of traveling the globe, particularly to more remote and lesser-known places, I began to realize that these photos and stories held the power to bring cultural understanding and acceptance to a larger audience,” said Shore of Edina, Minn. “Windows & Mirrors” includes images from distant regions including Myanmar, Bhutan, Namibia, New Guinea and Tibet, among others.

In the Twin Cities alone, more than 100 languages are spoken by students in area schools. Cultural Jambalaya believes international photography can be a creative teaching tool for educators in the classroom to illustrate the diverse cultural backgrounds that continue to make up more of America’s rich mosaic. To begin to break down cultural barriers, “Windows and Mirrors” asks students to admire and value each other’s similarities as well as our differences. “The more we know about each other’s background, history and religion, the more respectful we can become of one another,” says Shore.

“Windows & Mirrors,” accompanied by an online study guide available at www.CulturalJam.org, was developed to meet many Minnesota state teaching standards and includes instructional exercises relative to various global modules or themes. The study guide is designed to spark students’ imagination and to encourage them to think broadly as they learn about the new cultures and individuals featured in the DVD.

Cultural Jambalaya will hold its annual event on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Walker Art Center. Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” will be the featured speaker. For further information call Gail Shore at (952) 925-6102 or gshore@winternet.com.

About the Telly Awards
Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries annually from all 50 states and countries around the world. A prestigious judging panel of 350 accomplished industry professionals judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

About Tremendous! Entertainment
Created in 1994, Tremendous! Entertainment (www.tremendousinc.com) creates unique and profitable programs for major U.S and international broadcast and cable networks. The Twin Cities-based company boasts a large portfolio of award-winning programs and associations with many of the world’s most prominent entertainment companies. Tremendous! Entertainment specializes in factual programming in genres that include wildlife, science & technology, travel, health, world cultures, history, lifestyle, biography and children’s entertainment. The company also assists independent producers in developing and marketing their own programming ideas. In addition to the Travel Channel, Tremendous! Entertainment’s high-profile alliances with prestigious programming partners include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, Animal Planet, Discovery Health, History Channel, Weather Channel, Mayo Clinic and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

About Cultural Jambalaya
Founded in 2005, Cultural Jambalaya (www.CulturalJam.org) is a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit
that uses international photography to promote cultural understanding and acceptance. Proceeds generated through its programs benefit schools and charitable organizations which advance diversity, human rights and social justice. For further information call Gail Shore at (952) 925-6102 or gshore@winternet.com.

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