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Prairie Grass Productions wins Telly Awards for The Fourth World

March 22, 2012

The Fourth World documentary shares the stories of slum dwellers. Not only does it capture the harsh realities of slum life, it also tells gripping stories of “joy, perseverance, and hope,” said Mark Volkers, Dordt College digital media professor. Dordt College Prairie Grass Productions (PGP) won two Telly Awards for the production.

PGP earned Silver in the “Documentary” category and Bronze for “Cinematography.” Silver is the highest honor awarded by the Telly Awards. Of 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, fewer than 10 percent of the entries win Silver, and only about 25 percent win Bronze.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. “Prairie Grass Production’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, videos, and films.
The 54-minute documentary film has already earned a prestigious Award of Excellence from Indie Fest. The film is also entered into several additional festivals and competitions and has been submitted for additional awards.

Volkers served as a missionary in Africa for seven years and was the communications director for Christian Reformed World Missions before coming to Dordt College. He oversees PGP, which he helped found at Dordt College. Recently, PGP has won a Davey Award, an Ava Award, a Webby, and others. To learn more about Prairie Grass Productions and the digital media productions program at Dordt College, visit  

More awards for Fourth World.


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