Colorado Public Television to Celebrate Independent Media with Award to Colorado Filmmaker Daniel Junge

2nd Annual Independent Media Award Luncheon Set for October 27

Denver (October 14, 2014) – Colorado Public Television (CPT12, Channel 12 PBS) will honor Academy Award-winning Colorado filmmaker, Daniel Junge, at the 2nd Annual Independent Media Award Luncheon on Monday, October 27 from 11am – 1pm at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.

Hosted by Eden Lane of In Focus, the CPT12 event features keynote speaker and KNUS radio personality Peter Boyles, and guest appearances by digital storyteller (and 2013 Independent Media Award recipient) Daniel Weinshenker and City Auditor Dennis Gallagher.

The award recognizes the career and work of an individual who has championed independent, non-commercial media and who helps to tell stories that show social justice and free and critical thinking.

“In a time when it’s difficult to discern from commercially-inspired content, CPT12 values programming that promotes independent thought, “said Kim Johnson, President and General Manager of Colorado Public Television, who is also slated to address the luncheon. “We’re honored to recognize the already-brilliant career of Daniel Junge who has inspired us with the integrity of his work.”

Daniel Junge is an Oscar-winning (and 2-time nominated) documentary filmmaker who was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from Colorado College and attended NYU Film School.

Junge’s first documentary feature, Chiefs, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and was broadcast on PBS. Since that time, Junge has directed over a dozen feature and short films that have been broadcast on HBO, BBC, PBS and over 50 other networks. Junge is currently working on Fight Church, a film that explores the notion that “tough guys need Jesus too.”

Junge’s film Saving Grace won the 2011 Oscar for Best Documentary Short. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short in 2009 for his film The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner and received an Emmy nomination for Best Long-From Investigative Journalism for They Killed Sister Dorothy. He has won numerous awards for his films including the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at SXSW, the Grand Jury Prize at AFI Dallas and two Banff Television Awards.

In 2008 Junge received an award from Notre Dame de Namur University for his work in social justice. Junge has taught filmmaking at various institutions including his alma mater, Colorado College. He lives in Denver with his wife, daughter and large dog.

This event is sponsored by: Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel; Range, new American west restaurant; and Ellen Bruss Design.