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Truckee film company wins two gold medals

Kelly Ruane
Sierra Sun

Eureka! He’s got it.

Another award, that is.

“Truckee is the central location for bringing people into the West,” said health and healing enthusiast Sam Edwards, who owns Eureka Productions, a California-based, award-winning film company.

Eureka Productions has produced nearly 60 films on such topics as health and healing, fitness, sustainable farming, logging, women’s issues and martial arts, some of which have received internationally recognition.

At the 2007 40th Annual Worldfest Film Festival, a long-running international festival in Houston, Texas, Eureka Productions received two gold medals. The categories the company won awards for were “Women’s Issues” and “Health, Healing and Fitness.”

A prominent film made by the production company that has won medals in the open category at Worldfest is “Nam-E-Shab,” a post-Taliban documentary on Afghanistan. The film followed Afghan-American women returning to their home country.

The company has three offices in California, in Mendocino, Point Reyes and Truckee. Edwards said he chose Truckee as a location because “it’s the easiest place in the West to bring people to.”

Every year for the last 24, Edwards’ other company, Sierra Nevada Internal Arts Association, has held festivals called Masters on the Mountain.

“It’s a martial arts and healing festival,” said Edwards. “We bring master teachers from all over and they exchange and get together and participate in other people’s events, whether it’s healing or martial arts.”

Eureka Productions took advantage of the opportunity provided at the festival for making videos. Another reason Edwards says he chose Truckee for a production company office was because of its reputation for outdoor sports.

“[Truckee’s] a place of fitness that would be of interest,” Edwards said. “The thing about Truckee is that there are so many things one can do that have to do with the outdoors.”

Edwards confirmed that his company has at least two projects in production right now. One project sent a crew to India to follow the Ashram system of politics. The company is also working to produce its second book.

The first book, entitled Watching the Sixties Go By on Greenwich Village Time will be released this fall, said Edwards. He said the book is meant to be skimmed by those less than enthusiastic about reading.

“We tried to make it so you don’t need to read it to enjoy it,” said Edwards.

The book uses several different media for providing information.

“It has lots of pictures and several audio CDs and audio from the [sixties] from the radio stations: Martin Luther King, JFK, Che Guevara, Malcolm X,” Edwards said. “All kinds of voices from that era.”

Edwards said the book is essentially about connecting that era with the present one.

But the book is not a stand-alone project from Eureka Productions.

“I think it goes back to the beginning. We did films on Nicaragua and Central America and [the sixties] were after that. We did the continuum from that era in the video,” Edwards said.

Edwards founded the company in 1985 as a project of “enlightened self-interest” that combines his passions with his work.