Film awards announced

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (FEBRUARY 04, 2001) - Bill Channell of Epping, N.H., Ben Coccio of New York City, Kris Krohn of Knoxville, Michael Gibson of Oswego, N.Y., and Shawn Mortimer of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, have captured the 2001 ...

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (FEBRUARY 04, 2001) - Bill Channell of Epping, N.H., Ben Coccio of New York City, Kris Krohn of Knoxville, Michael Gibson of Oswego, N.Y., and Shawn Mortimer of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, have captured the 2001 International Reel Wheel Film Festival's Golden Wheel awards for excellence in automobile-and auto-racing-related film production. For Krohn and Gibson, it marks the second year in a row that their production companies have scored Golden Wheel awards.

Kris Krohn of PIOV, Limited, received the 'Best Made-for-Regional-TV Production' award with his "Knoxville Raceway Weekly" show.

Michael Gibson of County Video Services took the 'Best Automobile Racing Video (Multi-Event/Subject)' award with his "Oswego Speedway 50 Years" videotape.

First-time award recipient Bill Channell of Channell One Video won the 'Best Automobile Racing Video (Single Event/Subject)' award with his production of "Whip City Speedway".

Shawn Mortimer of Ten Lismore, an award recipient in 1999, garnered the 'Best Corporate/Promotional Video' for his effort entitled "Slaves to the Rhythm".

Ben Coccio, entered under the Professor Bright Films banner, earned the 'Best Student Film' award for his automotive-themed short film entitled "Totaled".

The three-day National Sprint Car Museum-benefit film festival also included screenings of several non-juried exhibition films, including Mixed Greens' "Art & Racing: the Work & Life of Salvatore Scarpitta" and several documentaries from the American Archives of the Factual Film. In addition, historical forums on the following subjects were presented: 1950's dirt championship racing, motorcyclist John Tibben, Louis LeCocq, Greenwood Roadway, DeWayne "Tiny" Lund & Johnny Beauchamp, Des Moines board track, Bob Trostle and Knoxville sprints.

- Thomas Schmeh

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