December 21, 2016
The red carpet event, which honors regional Emmy winners in a wide range of broadcast and craft categories, was hosted by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It is one of the largest and most senior local chapters in the country, with a proud history of innovation and excellence in the field of broadcast television and beyond.
Supreme Knight Anderson was honored in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs – Historical, along with the film's producers Justyna Czyszek, Szymon Czyszek, David Naglieri and Michele Nuzzo-Naglieri. George Hosek, the film’s director of photography, was also awarded an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Photographer – Program (Non-News). The film had been nominated for five Emmy awards.
Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism illustrates how St. John Paul II was a driving force in liberating Central and Eastern Europe from communist rule, inspiring a “revolution of conscience” that was pivotal in the collapse of the Iron Curtain. The film has been airing nationwide on public television throughout the United States through a partnership with WTTW Chicago and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). With original music by renowned composer Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher) and narration by actor Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest, The Passion of the Christ), the documentary features rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with papal biographer George Weigel; John Paul's lifelong assistant, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of Kraków; former President Ronald Reagan's national security advisor Richard Allen; and numerous others.
For information about the film, including the trailer and ordering information, visit