Patty Loew’s “Way of the Warrior” documentary wins film awards

Way of the Warrior – a documentary produced by Patty Loew, Professor of Life Sciences Communication, and Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) – was honored recently with two awards – Best International Indigenous Long Documentary at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand and the 2008 National RTNDA/UNITY Award.

Way of the Warrior examines the visceral nature of war and the bravery of Native-American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War – and came to grips with difficult post-war personal and societal conditions. The documentary aired on WPT, and nationally on PBS in November 2007.

“We are honored that Way of the Warrior is being seen in more and more venues around the world. It’s an important documentary exploring stories and issues that have gone untold for too long,” said Kathy Bissen, WPT director of programming.

Loew, who attended the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, said she always had an interest in learning about why her grandfather, an Ojibwe, volunteered to fight in World War I when he was not a United States citizen.
The third-annual Wairoa Maori Film Festival was held in Wairoa, New Zealand May 31 through June 2. The festival included more than 30 feature films, short films and documentaries, and presented awards in five categories.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) announced Way of the Warrior as the winner of its 2008 RTNDA/UNITY Award for small market, one of three national awards the organization offers annually. RTNDA developed the award with UNITY: Journalists of Color as part of a shared commitment to achieving diversity in the newsroom through developing news content and editorial staffs that reflect the changing face of America. The award will be presented July 23, in Chicago.

Way of the Warrior was produced by Wisconsin Public Television and presented by Native American Public Telecommunications. Funding provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

David Glisczinski, WPT