A Message From the President

What a joy it is to use this space each month to tell you about all the exciting things going on at WFYI. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I do writing about them because there is more great news to share.

On October 25, we broadcast “Eva,” our documentary on Holocaust survivor Eva Kor that was co-produced with Ted Green and Mika Brown, and the reaction has been fantastic! Not only have we heard heart-warming responses about creating this impactful story, but it’s starting to earn a national reputation.

“Eva” has started playing at film festivals across the country, including the Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis, and as I write this, it’s already picked up its first major award. The Chagrin Documentary Film Fest outside Cleveland honored it with its top award: the David Ponce “Best of Fest,” which goes to the film that best exemplifies “what the human spirit is capable of.”

The awards are great, but the impact is what makes me most proud. Ted, Mika and others did a wonderful job putting the film together, and we’ve had a dedicated team of WFYI staffers working hard to make sure this film gets seen by people all over the world to have the biggest impact possible. We expect it to be picked up by other public television stations all over the country next spring, and we are anticipating international distribution as well.

You should be aware of all this success because this project embodies what we do at WFYI – tell important, impactful stories that may otherwise go untold – and we could not do it without you. Your support is always a key ingredient in WFYI’s growth and success. It’s also why we need your continued support to keep creating meaningful content that can change lives for the better.

Sincerely,

Lloyd Wright
WFYI President and CEO