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Home of George Washington Shares First President’s Story through Cutting Edge Technology


MOUNT VERNON, VA
– George Washington’s Mount Vernon is the proud winner of 2018 Gold and two Bronze Telly Awards for its latest production, Washington’s War: General George Washington and the Revolutionary War.  The top award – a Gold Telly – was received in the General Education (non-broadcast) category and the Bronze Telly Awards were received in the 3D-Graphics/Animation (non-broadcast) and Cinematography (non-broadcast) categories.

 The 17-minute film focuses on Washington’s leadership and the pivotal campaigns that secured American independence. Produced by Wide Awake Films exclusively for Mount Vernon, the movie includes gripping live action sequences and cutting-edge animation designed to appeal to today’s audiences. The film can be viewed on site at Mount Vernon or on demand at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/washingtonswar.

“The Revolutionary War 4-D film is one of the most popular and important offerings here at Mount Vernon,” said Rob Shenk, Mount Vernon’s Senior Vice President for Visitor Engagement. “This set of awards is exciting to receive and highlights all of the hard work put into this new and exciting production.  We hope that Washington’s War will educate and inspire the next generation of Mount Vernon visitors and George Washington enthusiasts.” 

Since its debut in December 2017, Washington’s War: General George Washington and the Revolutionary War has been a highlight for thousands of Mount Vernon’s visitors with its enhanced powerful 4-D special effects and 9.2 channel state-of-the-art surround sound system.  Access to The Revolutionary War Theater, where Washington’s War: General George Washington and the Revolutionary War is shown is included with general admission. For more information about the on-site experience, visit mountvernon.org/revolutionarywartheater.

“Winning this award is well deserved for the hundreds of gifted people that were involved in putting this film project together,” said Shane Seley, director at Wide Awake Films. “Filmmaking is a team sport and we are honored to accept this Telly on behalf of our team of wonderful client partners at Mount Vernon, a talented crew, and amazing actors and reenactors."

Mount Vernon has received accolades for its other digital offerings – in 2017 A More Perfect Union won a Telly Award. Washington’s War: General George Washington and the Revolutionary War joins Mount Vernon previous award-winning films, The Winter Patriots and Yorktown: Now or Never, both of which feature important Washington victories during the Revolutionary War.

More than 100 reenactors participated in the filming for Washington’s War: General George Washington and the Revolutionary War at locations throughout Virginia, including Fuqua Farms, Richmond; Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria; Wellbourne House, Middleburg; Goose Creek Bridge; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is a premier award honoring the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, and BuzzFeed.

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