"When the Mountain Calls: Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan," a made-on-Maui film directed by Emmy award-winning Maui filmmaker Tom Vendetti, has been nominated for an Emmy award by the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nominations were announced last week.
The hour-long documentary exploring the director/producer's personal experiences and reflections from over 30 years of traveling through the Himalayas was nominated in the best historic/cultural program category.
Vendetti and his wife, Nancy, are longtime local residents and mental health professionals on Maui.
Along with Vendetti, several other Mauians were part of the production team and also nominated for Emmys: co-producer Robert Stone; writer Rick Chatenever (a columnist for The Maui News and the paper's former entertainment and features editor); and former Maui resident Blaise Noto, the associate producer. Sharing the nomination are composers Paul Horn and Christopher Hedge, and narrator Ann Mortifee.
Hana resident Kris Kristofferson introduces the film, which also includes appearances by the Dalai Lama, Lama Tenzin, Paul Horn, Tenzing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary and the prime minister of Bhutan.
The film had its world premiere in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in November 2011. The documentary then had a successful statewide tour of screenings before being picked up by Hawai'i Public Broadcasting affiliate KHET Channel 11 and being shown on 140 PBS affiliates across the U.S.
The awards will be presented in San Francisco on June 15.