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Belt, Francis film nominated for Midsouth Emmy

A documentary associate-produced by two Western Carolina University faculty members, “First Language – The Race to Save Cherokee,” has been nominated for a Midsouth Emmy.

A promotion from the television premiere of "First Language" on UNC-TV acknowledges associate producers Tom Belt and Hartwell Francis.

A promotion from the television premiere of “First Language” on UNC-TV acknowledges associate producers Tom Belt and Hartwell Francis.

Hartwell Francis, director of WCU’s Cherokee language program, and Tom Belt, coordinator of the program and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, were interviewed in the documentary as well as having a hand in producing it.

Midsouth Emmy Awards are issued by the Nashville-based chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and recognize excellence in programming created and shared from sources in North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The film’s other recent honors include the Audience Award early last month at the Red Rock Film Festival in Cedar City, Utah, and being scheduled for an upcoming screening in January at the sixth annual Das Nordamerika Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. The latter will showcase 50 films made by Native Americans and Inuits as film directors, actors and playwrights in which they portray their culture and their way of life.

Belt was recently recognized by the North Carolina Folklore Society for his work in preserving the Cherokee language.

By Keith Brenton

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