KSPS Film on Carl Maxey Earns Emmy Nomination

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National Academy of Television Arts

A documentary film produced by Spokane public television station, KSPS, has been nominated for a prestigious Emmy award. The film, Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life, is one of three historical documentary nominees.

On April 7th, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the 54th annual Emmy nominations at a series of galas and events. Honored among the nominees was the film about a scrappy civil rights lawyer credited with virtually single-handedly desegregating much of the inland Northwest.

Mr. Maxey had to overcome enormous odds from his earliest days. Orphaned as a young boy, he was evicted from a Dickensian orphanage because of his race, spent time on the street and ultimately was given a home at the Sacred Heart Mission in DeSmet, Idaho. With the help of the Jesuits, he was educated; with his own grit and determination he led the region to understand that “Justice for all” benefits every member of the community. His story is one of courage, heroism and inspiration.

Named in the nomination were Jim Zimmer, Executive Producer; Mary DeCesare, Producer/Editor; and Michael Dixon, Art Director.

KSPS viewers can stream Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life in HD at KSPS.org.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) was created in 1955 to advance the arts and sciences of television. Headquartered in New York, NATAS's membership is national and the organization has local chapters around the country. It was also known as the National Television Academy until 2007.