PROCTOR - The Vermont Marble Museum here recently won the prestigious
Omni Intermedia Award for its documentary about the history of marble used for the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.
The international media Omni Intermedia Award is given to outstanding media
productions created within the previous three years.
The local museum won the Silver Award in the entertainment category for its
video creation, "America's Eternal Flame: The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier," an
11-minute documentary produced by independent fi lmmaker Kurt Supancic as part of
an exhibit honoring the famous tomb. Last fall, the museum put together the exhibit
and created the documentary as part of the presentation. Supancic, who lives in Colorado
but is a Proctor- native, is also a freelance writer, video editor and gaffer and has
worked in screenwriting, commercial video production, short fi lms and video editing.
The documentary script was written by Catherine Miglorie, who is the director of
the Vermont Marble Museum and also writes a weekly column for the Rutland Herald
dubbed "Marble Minutes." The fi lm focuses on the history of the marble and transporting
it from a marble slab to the tomb by railroad. The marble used from the tomb
actually came from a quarry in Colorado, which was owned by the Vermont Marble
Co., and was shipped by rail to Proctor for carving. From there, it was shipped to
"The Vermont Marble Museum is very pleased and proud to have won this award, and especially proud of the fact that a monument of such national significance came from Vermont," Miglorie said in a recent interview.
The opening part of the film documents the transportation of the 56-ton block to Proctor in 1931, while the second part of the film honors the tomb in Arlington and what it represents to America. The Vermont Marble Museum, the Arlington National Cemetery and Syracuse University provided video and images for the film, which Supancic used to create the film around the script recorded by Sharon Green, of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado.
"The film was created in support of our new exhibit about the carving of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which opened in May 2010," Miglorie said. "Originally planned as a companion piece to be shown on a small screen in the Tomb exhibit room, the film came out so well, and has such a patriotic flavor that we decided to show it daily in our main theater. It was well received by all our visitors to the museum last season, to the point where many of our guests had tears in their eyes after viewing the film."
The Omni Intermedia Awards recognize outstanding media productions that empower and enlighten. Awards are given in the fields of film and video, animation and effects and Web site design. It carries the distinction of being recognized by your peers as an example of excellence.
"It truly make us proud to be Americans and Vermonters," Miglorie said. "To know that our Vermont Marble Co. craftsmen carved a monument that came to have such national significance as the an icon to all out fallen battle heroes."