Blue White Media wins award for short film

“The Tree that visited New York City for the holidays”, a short film released last November by Blue White Media, has been nominated for an Emmy Award and has received the prestigious Silver Telly Award for Television Production. Created in cooperation with The Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, this local production tells the story of the State College Norway spruce chosen to be the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Producer, Kelly Green Porterfield, was excited to hear about the nominations. “It is always exciting to be recognized, especially for something we worked so hard on. It was an amazing thing to see that tree come down and follow it all the way to Rockefeller Center. We’re happy to give Happy Valley a way to celebrate the event.”

Featuring the musical talents of two Central Pennsylvania residents, Hannah Richardson and Aaron Bossinger, the film is a fitting tribute to both the story of the Rockefeller Tree history and the tree discovered by Rockefeller Center in a Lemont backyard more than seven years ago.

“Writing music for a project like this is always fun, but doing it with your hometown in mind is special,” said musical director Bossinger. State College-based singer/ songwriter, Hannah Richardson, plays an important role in the film. She is the narrator and her original music is featured throughout.

The production team had less than four weeks to produce the film. Utilizing predominantly local talent, the executive producer, Eric Porterfield, had to pull strings from all over the world to get things done on time. “We were working with local artists, local children and even an animator from Bulgaria. It was a little confusing at times, but the result is what we had hoped for.”

Every year, one tree stands above all others. In 2017, it came from the heart of Pennsylvania. This is a film about a big tree from a Happy Valley.

On Nov. 9, 2017 a tall and broad Norway spruce located in an otherwise inconspicuous yard in State College, Pennsylvania began a journey from relative anonymity to become the most famous tree in America.

This film project is for children and children-at-heart. It is the story of how a tree from a town commonly known as Happy Valley can go from a simple standing pine to a symbol of hope and unity for millions as it becomes the 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

“The Tree that visited New York City for the holidays” keepsake DVD or digital download is available at PSUFilms.com.  See a Trailer for the film here: https://vimeo.com/bluewhitemedia/rockefellertree.  

Blue White Media is an award-winning video production and digital media agency focusing on the Penn State market.

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