Fish The Surf Wins Multiple Telly Awards

Fish The Surf with Lee Samson, a nationally-distributed video illustrating the beauty and spirit of the timeless craft of surf fishing, received four Bronze awards in the 2010 Telly Awards. The Telly honors excellence in local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and works created for the web.

The three-hour film represents a merger of passions for Baltimore-based filmmaker and show host Lee “Samson” Shapira. After a 30-year career behind-the-scenes as a crew member in the regional film industry, Shapira turned the camera inward as he embarked on a personal journey to capture his experiences and share the stories, nuances, and secrets of his lifelong obsession, fishing.

“The awards are a real highlight, but the achievement lies in hearing from the thousands of people who have viewed the film, enjoyed it, and learned something new about fishing”, said Shapira.  “These awards are a true reflection of the talent and commitment of the many creative people who collaborated on the production, and without whom it would not have been possible.”

A fitting match to Shapira’s distinctive creative approach to the art and craft of surf fishing, the film was awarded a Bronze Telly in the categories of How-To/Instructional, Nature/Wildlife, Sound/Sound Design, and Videography/Cinematography. This year, over 11,000 entries were submitted from the US and around the world.

About the Telly Awards
Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, interactive agencies, and corporate video departments in the world.

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