chvnradio.com

Now Playing What just played?

THE COLOR

ONE SURE THING

Listen Live

When they first started on Discovering Heaven, co-producers Stephen Gray and Chris Radtke knew they had found a special story to tell.

What they didn't realize, however, was just how far their film would reach.

Instagram discovering heaven webby awards nomination2Left to right: Stephen Gray and Chris Radtke (Stephen Gray)Now nominated for what has been hailed as "the Internet's highest honor," Gray and Radtke are excited and thankful for the opportunity they've had to share this story.

"We're really honoured to receive a Webby Awards nomination for Discovering Heaven," Gray said. "We're super blown away by it."

Not only is Discovering Heaven the only faith-based film nominated within their category at the 22nd Annual Webby Awards; they're also the only Canadian entry to receive a nomination. Other nominees this year include BuzzFeed, Time Magazine, Google, Spotify, and Netflix.

What began initially as a search for answers themselves has now become a chance to tell a life-changing story, on a scale larger than either Gray or Radtke first anticipated.

"We're a very small crew with just a huge dream of putting this kind of a story together because we thought this was really important to let people contemplate," said Radtke. "We didn't just want to throw it out into the air and have no direction with it. Our faith, to be able to tell that story, and to be Canadian too, we're proud of that.

"Steve said to me two years ago when this started, 'Chris, if I lose all my money and invest all of what I have in this, and we literally touch one person's life and we're able to impact them and send them in the right direction, then it's all worth it because that's just what we should be doing.' I totally agreed, and that's when I jumped on. We have the same vision."DiscoveringHeaven WebbyAwardVote(Stephen Gray)

Regardless of whether Discovering Heaven is chosen or not, Gray and Radtke are thankful for this opportunity to share their faith on the big screen.

Gray also shared that Captain Dale Black, the pilot about whom the film was created, is excited to have his story bring to people's minds the larger issues of life and death.

Discovering Heaven is eligible for two notable awards, including The Webby Award for Best Documentary: Individual Episode Shortform and The Webby People's Voice Award.

 

Read more:

Manitoba producers bringing award-winning documentary to the Winnipeg big-screen

Local filmmakers shine at Real to Reel Film Festival

Share this story!

Default Image

MMF hosts Metis Sixties Scoop survivors

Metis people from across the country who were taken from their homes during the Sixties…

Blown away: high winds sweep through southern Manitoba

Environment Canada says that high winds with the potential to cause damage rushed through…

Winnipeggers take advantage of advance voting as election nears

A record number of Winnipeg voters are getting ahead of the game for the 2018 Municipal…

Hundreds try to make the cut at CPL tryouts in Winnipeg

Tryouts continue in Winnipeg as athletes look to make join one of the Canadian Premier…

Manitoba author Terrie Todd recognized again for novels

Christian author Terrie Todd has picked up yet another award for her writing, and says…

WATCH: Paul Baloche performs a worship medley live at CHVN

Paul Baloche and Brian Doerksen are hosting a weekend of worship in Winnipeg. Paul…

Meth crisis overwhelms West Broadway ministry

Staff and volunteers of a Winnipeg organization have run out of ideas as they deal with…

Founder of Little Free Library, Todd Bol, dies at 62

The man who sparked a worldwide reading and book sharing movement in neighbourhoods has…

Altona YFC hopes to reopen soon

Repairs continue at YFC: The Station in Altona after a flood over the Labour Day long…

Busy street closed over weekend beginning tonight

Your weekend shopping and errands activities over the weekend could include a big detour.

RWB advocates for increased funding for budding artists

Two representatives with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet appeared in front of the House of…

Portage family to hold vigil on 10th anniversary of woman's disappearance

A candlelight vigil is being held in Portage la Prairie for a local woman who disappeared…

Diabetes and cancer treatments among drugs added to Pharmacare

More medications have been added to the Manitoba Pharmacare Program.

Allegedly stoned driver pulled over in Thompson

After Winnipeg Police handed out its first post-legalization ticket for consuming…

Further review for Keeyask and Bipole III

The Manitoba government is paying for a review into two controversial Manitoba Hydro…

Teens charged in separate school incidents

A 14-year-old has been charged with public mischief and uttering threats after a bomb…

Wolseley neighbourhood watch keeps residents safe

A group of concerned residents in Wolseley are working together to create a safer…

PRAY: Christian mother Asia Bibi remains on death row

A Christian mother is reaching out to fellow believers and asking for prayer as she…

Summer returns on Thursday

After the temperatures we've seen lately, Thursday's going to feel like beach weather in…

Marijuana now being sold legally in Canada

There've been line-ups all day of people looking to buy marijuana legally for first time.