The very founding of America depicted in “Saints and Strangers” for National Geographic Channel took hundreds of people to rebuild the world of 1620 (watch featurette above). That intensive work of piecing together hours of footage included the contributions of editors Steven Kemper and Steve Polivka, who are on the Emmy Awards ballot this month for Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or TV Movie.
The two-part limited series aired on NatGeo shortly before Thanksgiving last November. It covers the voyage of the Mayflower to what is now the east coast of the United States, following the Pilgrims’ first year after arrival through the Thanksgiving celebration of 1621. The project stars Vincent Kartheiser as William Bradford, Anna Camp as Dorothy Bradford, Ray Stevenson as Stephen Hopkins, Michael Jibson as Myles Standish, Ron Livingston as John Carver, Tatanka Means as Hobbamock, Raoul Trujillo as Massasoit, Kalani Queypo as Squanto and Brian F. O’Byrne as John Billington. The limited series, Kartheiser, and Trujillo were nominated at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards. The Writers Guild rewarded it with a win as Best Movie/Limited Series Writing.
For the two picture editors hoping to compete at the Emmys, Kemper is a previous nominee for “Amazing Stories” (1986) while Polivka was nominated recently for another Nat Geo production, “Killing Lincoln” (2013).
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