“The Forsaken” Produced by Salt River Productions Raises Awareness for Pan y Amor
ST. LOUIS – The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was recently named a Bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for Use of Music and Videography/Cinematography in “The Forsaken,” a documentary about abused and abandoned children in some of the most impoverished countries in the world, such as Uganda and Bolivia.
The documentary was produced by Salt River Production Group and its president, prominent St. Louis media figure Chuck Neff. It focuses on the international work of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in particular the Pan y Amor aid program that assists poor, needy, and hungry children throughout the world. In addition to being available online, “The Forsaken” has been broadcast on EWTN multiple times.
“This documentary will open your eyes to the lives of children who have been saved from living on the streets, barely surviving and often going to bed hungry,” said Monsignor Francis Blood, Director of the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. “We are thrilled to receive this national award in partnership with Emmy award-winner Chuck Neff and the Salt River Production. It is a tribute to their professionalism and commitment to the mission of Pan y Amor.”
Pan y Amor is a unique mission aid program that sponsors needy children around the world. Pan y Amor – "bread and love" in Spanish – provides both the physical and the spiritual needs in life to these children. "Pan" refers to the physical needs – food, medicine, clothing, and shelter. "Amor" refers to the spiritual needs – love, care, hope, and spiritual formation based on the principles of life taught by Jesus. Pan y Amor sponsors children primarily in Bolivia, but is also present in Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. More information about the Mission Office and Pan y Amor can be found at archstl.org/mission.
The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and are the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries were submitted, while approximately 25% of entries are chosen as winners of the Bronze Telly. The judges rate each entry on a 10-point scale. Generally, entries with a score of 9.0 or higher are awarded a “Silver Telly” statuette. Entries with an average score of 7.0 to 8.9 are awarded a “Bronze Telly” statuette for outstanding achievement. Entries do not compete against each other. Rather, they compete against a high standard of excellence.