Emerson grads, producers of Hollow win Peabody

by Ryan Catalani / Beacon Staff • April 10, 2014

Hollow, the documentary produced by Emerson graduates Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Jeff Soyk, won the prestigious Peabody Award, which recognizes excellence in storytelling. Sheldon and Soyk both received master of fine arts degrees from the college in 2013, and the same year released their online, interactive documentary, which examines life in a troubled town in rural West Virginia. Other Peabody recipients this year include Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Scandal, and Orange is the New Black. “For our dedicated and small team to win, this award is a huge honor,” McMillion, the project’s director, said in a press release. “It’s so exciting that the voices of this Appalachian community are being recognized as ‘stories that matter.’”