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Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham Takes Home the Emmy®

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Scott and Maria Saracen | PHOTO: Andrea Pietrangeli

Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham, the three-part Rhode Island PBS Original documentary series, captured the New England Emmy® for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Long-Form Content during ceremonies at the Wang Theatre in Boston on Saturday night. 

“Simply awesome!” said Rhode Island PBS President David W. Piccerelli upon hearing the news. “This recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a tremendous honor. It affirms the professional and personal dedication to this project by a talented team, Scott and Maria Saracen and Dewey Raposo,” Mr. Piccerelli said.

Scott Saracen, the film’s producer, director, writer, editor, and photographer, expressed his joy at winning the Emmy. “This project by far has been the biggest undertaking in my career. I am truly honored to be recognized by our industry peers with such a prestigious award. To be able to share this with my wife, with whom I have worked side by side for more than 22 years, is the icing on the cake!” 

Maria Saracen, writer, producer, director, and editor for the film series, had this to say, "How do I feel about winning a New England Emmy Award? Grateful, elated, and so thrilled to share it with Scott, Dewey, and the many incredible people and organizations who made this production possible." 

The Saracens have garnered numerous awards for their work at Rhode Island PBS during their careers and earned Emmy nominations several times. Most recently, in May, Chasing Silver won the prestigious gold Telly Award, reserved exclusively for the top 3% of Telly winners. In January, the film series won Best Historical Documentary in the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) 53rd Public Media Awards. The film series was accepted for national distribution by American Public Television and will be shown on PBS stations across the country this summer.

The Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) awards Emmy® statuettes for work broadcast in the regional television market.

The New England Emmy® award-winning Chasing Silver: The Story of Gorham – as well as a library of additional local content produced by Rhode Island PBS – is available for on-demand viewing by clicking the link or by visiting and searching program titles.

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