The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Wins Emmy for Great Colorado Women

On July 14, The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame received an Emmy Award for  best  “Music Composition and Arrangement” for it’s Dana Crawford: Preserving the Soul of Denver episode of theGreat Colorado Women film series.  .   The Heartland Emmy’s Board of Governors presented the award at its annual gala which recognized award winners in over 100 categories.

Preserving the Soul of Denver portrays the work of award-winning preservationist Dana Crawford and her pioneering accomplishments in historic preservation. The film presents Crawford’s contributions and the impact she has had on Denver and all of Colorado.  The story ofCrawford’s concept of urban renewal, that was one of the first of its kind in the United States, is  beautifully scored by award winning composer/arranger Lisa Downing, adding a second Emmy to her growing portfolio of recognition for her work.  Downing, a critical member of the production team, donated her original music to the film.

Executive Producer Betty Heid, and Filmmakers Rick Higgins and Bill Ranshaw, and scriptwriter Becky Martinez created the film.  “Receiving an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science is quite an exciting achievement,” says Heid.  “The award goes to everyone on our team.”  “Telling the story of Dana Crawford’s energy and commitment was a journey we will not soon forget.  And, Lisa’s music enhances and brings emotion to our storytelling.”

Filmmakers Higgins and Ranshaw and writer Martinez are also previous Emmy award winners. “Working with such an extraordinary team is a great honor,” says Higgins.

The CWHF “Great Colorado Women “ film series debuted on Rocky Mountain PBS  in February 2018.  The multi-season broadcast focuses on historic and contemporary Colorado women and their little known, underreported achievements.  Season 1 comprised an initial five episodes.  Season 2 is in production and scheduled to air in early 2019. “We are thrilled that Rocky Mountain PBS will present Season 2 of Great Colorado Women, says Heid.  “We have so many inspiring stories to tell about the amazing women of Colorado who have been inducted in to the Hall.”

Not only have the Great Colorado Womenfilms been recognized by the Academy, the films also are receiving national recognition.   “Our film, “Marilyn Van Derbur Atler: an Incest Survivor’s Odyssey recently won the Los Angeles Film Festival — Inspiring Woman in a Film award,” Heid proudly announced.  “The honor, presented in early July, recognizes excellence in filmmaking.”

The Heartland Emmy® Chapter honors original content created for traditional broadcast/cablecast media as well as non-traditional and emerging platforms for broadband and portable delivery.

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trail-blazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 162 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials and more. To view all 162 inductees, visit the website:

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