Mario Congreve Wins Emmy for ‘Cuba: the Forgotten Revolution’

Mario alone

Mario Congreve (courtesy of Discovery Photo).

A new addition in Mario Congreve’s awards cabinet has added significant prominence to its gathering of coveted occupants, and her name is “Emmy.”

Congreve, a media production specialist at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and lecturer in CSUDH’s Digital Media Arts program, was honored with his first Emmy Award on June 18 for his work as co-producer and director of photography for the film “Cuba: the Forgotten Revolution” which received the Emmy in the Best Documentary category.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Lower Great Lakes Chapter presented Congreve and Glenn Gebhard, the film’s director and a professor at Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television, the regional Emmy award during its 47th Annual ceremony in Sandusky, Ohio.  Calvin S. Ko (CSUDH Class of ’10, B.A., Digital Media Arts), an instructional designer who leads the Live Video Production at CSUDH, served as associate producer.

“It was such an honor for us all to be recognized by the academy. We put several years of production into this documentary, and we are all very proud of what we have achieved,” said Congreve (CSUDH Class of ’88, M.A. Humanities).

“Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution” is currently available on Netflix.

“Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution” tells the virtually unknown story of Cuban revolutionaries Frank Pais and José Antonio Echeverría—a school teacher and architecture student, respectively—whose names seldom appear alongside their more famous contemporaries, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The documentary was co-produced by WTIU Public Television from Indiana University, a PBS affiliate in Bloomington, Indiana, and aired nationally on PBS the past year.­­

Mario with other winners

(LtoR): Indiana University Bloomington lecturer, Susanne Schwibs, Mario Congreve, and Glenn Gebhard, director of ‘Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution.” (courtesy of Discovery Photo).

“These men were significant figures in the deconstruction of the Cuban revolution, and as the island nation continues to seek open dialogue and trade with the U.S. and other nations, it is important for the world to learn more about these dynamic individuals and other lesser known facets of this era in Cuba’s history,” Congreve said.

The documentary includes archival stock footage, recreations, and exclusive interviews with Cuban revolution participants and observers, family members of the men, and a former CIA agent. The film showcases how País and Antonio Echeverría, who worked largely independently from each other, played critical roles in the eventual overthrow of Cuba dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar in 1959.

Congreve is an award-winning film and video cinematographer. His 2012 documentary Greetings from Fire Island received the J. Stuart Blackton Award for Best Documentary at the Long Island Film Festival and won first place in the 2014 Press Club of Long Island Awards in the Arts category. His other awards and honors include the Aegis Award; Telly Award (multiple); Chris Award; Scan/Nato Award; AVA Award; Hermes Creative Award; Communicator’s Award; Winner of the Boston Film Festival for Documentary; Columbus International Film Festival Bronze Plaque; São Paulo International Film Festival Official Selection; Academy Award consideration, Short Feature Documentary; Palma D’Oro, Mexico International Film Festival.

Comments

  1. Miriam Neal says:

    Bravo and Excellent in hearing such great New Mario..Congratulation

  2. Carlos Alzamora says:

    Mario, mil felicitaciones.
    Un reconocimiento a un gran profesional y mejor persona.

    Saludos desde Chile

    Carlos Alzamora
    Periodista

  3. Joanie Harmon says:

    Congratulations to Calvin also!… I see great things ahead for you!…

  4. Joanie Harmon says:

    Bravo, Mario!… I always knew you could do it!…

  5. KING OTHA says:

    GO TOROZ!!!! THANK YOU FOR SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE CRITICAL SITUATIONS TAKING PLACE IN CUBA. THIS INSIGHT MAY BRING THE NECESSARY SUPPORT AND HELP TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. MAY THE MOST HIGH CONTINUE TO ASSIST IN SHEDDING TRUTH AND LIGHT IN A TIME OF DARKNESS. MAY PEACE AND BLESSING FROM THE MOST HIGH COMFORT YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY.

    FONDLY,

    KING OTHA

  6. Congratulations, Mario! What a great honor! I will definitely see it on Netflix!

  7. Nathlyn Hirohama says:

    So exciting, congratulations Mario!

  8. Great congratulations, Mario! How marvelous and deserving for a truly great and original film! And the tux pic alone is a milestone on its own. Many cheers, Gilah

  9. Congratulations! What inspiration you and your team brings not only to the CSUDH community, but to the whole world at large.

  10. Congratulations! What an inspiration you and your team brings not only to the CSUDH community, but also to the whole world at large.

  11. Jerry Moore says:

    Great work, Mario! Congratulations. Jerry

  12. Hamoud Salhi says:

    Congratulations, Mario!!! Well deserved!! Coffee on you?

  13. Norma Alvarez says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! THIS IS SO AMAZING MARIO! You deserve all the success!!

  14. Thomas Norman says:

    Excellent work Mario. You and your team deserve the recognition.

  15. Vendela S. says:

    If I wasn’t excited enough to begin my DMA classes next semester this added even more fuel to my fire. Huge congratulations!

  16. Nancy Erbe says:

    Well done Mario! We are so fortunate to have you with us! Proud of you and all you do.

  17. Patricia says:

    Fabulous, Mario! Very exciting! Congratulations to your and your team!

  18. Nicole Ballard says:

    Yea Mario!! I got such a happy jolt of energy seeing you on the splash page when I opened our home page this morning. I’ll be smiling for the rest of the day. Lizards everywhere toast to your continued success. On to 1910!

  19. Congratulations, Mario! This is AWESOME.

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