At the Creative Arts Emmys
This is guest blogger Margaret A. McGurk, posting from Los Angeles:
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, whose documentary "A Lion in the House" about five young cancer patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is nominated for a special Emmy, bumped into some old friends when they came to Los Angeles for Saturday's ceremony. Their nominated two-part film, aired on PBS stations including WCET.
Reichert unexpectedly bumped into her old friend, editor Pamela Scott Arnold, at a Friday night reception thrown by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for nominees in all nonfiction categories. Arnold worked on "Emma and Elvis," the 1992 film that earned an Oscar nomination for Riechert. Arnold's work on "American Masters," nominated for outstanding nonfiction series, scored Arnold (who has a trio of previous Emmy nominations to her credit) an invitation to the Friday night bash
Reichert also had a chance to catch up with Stanley Nelson, a friend from the days when independent documentaries were called "underground." Nelson's "Jonestown: The Life and Death of the People's Temple " is nominated inn the same special category as "Lion" -- exceptional merit in nonfiction filmmaking. The third nominee in the category is Spike Lee's Hurricane Katrina story, "When the Leeves Broke."
The Creative Arts Emmy are not being broadcast live. They are being taped, however, and will be shown as a two-hour special on on E! Entertainment Television at 8 p.m. Sept. 15, the day before the Primetime Emmys.