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Documentary from Bob Thomas receives Telly award

Loyola press release - December 3, 2014

An environmental documentary from Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., professor of mass communication and director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans, was selected as a winner from nearly 12,000 entries from around the world at the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

“MRGOing, Going, Gone?,” a documentary about the history of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet—the infamous and now closed 76-mile shipping channel implicated in the catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Katrina—won a bronze Telly for editing.

Produced by Loyola’s Center for Environmental Communication and e/Prime Media, it’s a story of wetlands destruction, coastal erosion, flooding, political wrangling and mismanaged public resources. Environmental Studies alumna Caroline Taylor ’11 was named an associate producer on the film.

Thomas, along with Lenny Delbert and Kevin McCaffrey of e/Prime Media, interviewed more than 30 experts, including many who witnessed some of the most distressing environmental consequences in St. Bernard Parish. The team produced the documentary from more than 120 hours of footage shot from 2003 to 2013. Because of this, the documentary offers an exclusive look at the flaws of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet before and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Thomas previously won three other bronze Telly awards for two other documentaries in which he appeared and helped produce, including “The Whole Truth” (Feature Documentary and Social Issues categories) and a 10-minute educational film, “An Introduction to Climate Change with Dr. Robert Thomas” (Education category). The production team for these films was based out of the law firm of Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte, N.C., and included Tom Mullikin, Peter Allen and Chris Yountz.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films.