CSU, Chico’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology Wins Emmy Award

Date: 06-06-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Brian Brazeal
TEL: 530-898-4094

California State University, Chico’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) took home an Emmy Award at the 46th annual Northern California Area Emmy Award ceremony at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco last week.

ALVA’s 2015 documentary “A Walk Through Time: The Story of Anderson Marsh” won for best Historic/Cultural-Program/Special, which aired on KVIE 6, a Public Broadcasting System station in Sacramento. The film was produced in collaboration with California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), which manages Anderson Marsh State Historic Park.

The 28-minute-long film, directed by ALVA lab technician Daniel Bruns and produced with help from members of the Koi Nation, tells the history of Anderson Marsh (located in Lower Lake, California, on the southeastern tip of Clear Lake), the ancestral home of the Koi Nation of Native Americans for more than 14,000 years. And because of this long history, Anderson Marsh has a higher density of prehistoric artifacts than nearly anywhere else in California.

“However, due to budget cuts in the park and a lack of understanding about the importance of the area by parkgoers, this one-of-a-kind resource had been slowly destroyed,” said Bruns. “By telling the story of the park, we were hoping to show the people of Clear Lake and visitors of the park that this was one of the most unique places in all of California, [and] a place that deserved respect. With this Emmy win, we believe that we’re one step closer to achieving that goal.”

Brian Brazeal, a professor in CSU, Chico’s anthropology department and director of ALVA, said while he’s honored to have received the recognition, “the real privilege in working on a film like this one is that it provides us with the opportunity to teach our students and the general public about the history of the Native Peoples of the North State. That history is both glorious and brutal. We want to ensure that it is never forgotten.”

Originally screened at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Big Room in June 2015, “A Walk Through Time” aired on KIXE in May 2016, then on KVIE in June 2016. It has also since aired on KRCB in Rohnert Park and on KVCR in San Bernardino.

This is the second Emmy Award ALVA has earned, following Matt Rittenour’s film “The Impact of the Frolic” in 2015. For more information on ALVA or “A Walk Through Time,” please contact Brazeal at bcbrazeal@csuchico.edu.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 300 degree programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.