Filmmaker from Quincy up for Webby Award
Luke Grigg and his company Circle3Productions have been nominated for Best Public Service & Activism Video In the 23rd Annual Webby Awards, and fans can vote and help him win the honor.
Lauded as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.
In his nominated film, “Our Children – Twana Twitu,” Grigg joins a community in Migwani, Kenya, to share a story of immense heart about children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
“Nominees like Luke and Circle3Productions are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, executive director of The Webby Awards, in a press release. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.”
As a nominee, Circle3Productions is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe.
From now until April 18, Circle3Productions fans can cast their votes at www.circle3productions.com.
Grigg hails from Quincy.
“The men in my family have been working that same land for four generations,” Grigg said in a press release. “After years of driving tractor on the farm, you can imagine my family’s surprise when I first told them I wanted to be a filmmaker.”
In 2013, the University of California-Los Angeles film school accepted Grigg and his small-town story.
“My films have always reflected back to where I was raised. From my first film in film school being about a farm family, to naming my production company after one of the circles (fields) near my house on our farm – Circle3Productions. My roots will always be there, as will my heart,” Grigg said in a press release.
However, Grigg’s passions eventually grew beyond his hometown fields, bringing him to the realm of documentary filmmaking. He found the art in telling stories with a community rather than about a community. Ultimately, this led to the launch of his production company in 2015.
“Growing up in a small, rural migrant town, it was so common for the world in which I lived, or those of my friends, to be portrayed in films or online in ways that did not feel true to our realities – the reality of communities such as Quincy,” Grigg said in a press release.
Luke’s desire is to come alongside communities and change that narrative – allowing first-person storytelling, as well as encouraging communities to get behind the camera themselves.
“Art was never something I was encouraged to pursue, primarily due to the lack of artistic opportunity in my area. Even so, this kind of creativity is something I craved growing up. There are many communities, both abroad and here in the States, that similarly lack such opportunities. It is common to see shots in a film of mine not filmed by me at all. I love going to a community, putting the camera down and sometimes into their own hands, and starting a conversation about art – teaching art, showing art, making art. Connecting is my #1. Filmmaking has always been #2,” Grigg said in a press release.
Winners will be announced April 23 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on May 13 at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.