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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New DVD Cover

The new DVD Cover is now available, and we have to thank George Gruel,owner of ODDSTICK STUDIO, for his beautiful design talents. The cover features a Dorothea Lange photo of Maynard Dixon looking out through the clouds of his painting, "Summer Afternoon". The back cover features quotes by Ansel Adams, Thomas McGuane and Bill Cone, Disney/Pixar production designer on the film "Cars". George managed to include the Spur Award Logo at the last minute, and also the film festival laurels from Santa Fe and Puerto Vallarta.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Showing off my Spur award with author Robert W. Larson

On June 14, 2008, I had the pleasure of receiving the Spur award from the Western Writers of America, at their conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Maynard Dixon Art and Spirit" was named Best Documentary 2008. It was a perfect evening of music, gracious acceptance speeches, laughter and tears. I met so many talented and generous people, and it was a great honor to have my first film recognized and appreciated by this incredible group of talented people. The only disappointment was that my co-writer, Maynard Dixon's son, Daniel, was unable to attend the banquet, which is why I'm holding two awards! I'm looking forward to delivering the award to him in person sometime soon.

Jayne McKay speaking to the Western Writers of America

Spur award winners, Robert W. Larson, Jayne McKay and poet John Duncklee

Robert W. Larson is retired as Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. He received the Non-fiction Biography Spur award for Gall: Lakota War Chief. (University of Oklahoma Press) This first-ever scholarly biography focuses on the actions Gall took during his final years on the reservation, unraveling his last fourteen years to better understand his previous forty.
John Dunklee received his Poetry Spur award for "El Corrido de Antonio Beltran" from Open Range: Poetry of the Reimagined West. (Ghost Road Press)