Jim Bertram '88
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
University video producer Jim Bertram’s documentary film about the award-winning restoration of Riverview has garnered a national Telly award. Bertram was producer/director for the videotaped tour of the historic campus building and interview with renovation architect Ellen Luken of Luken Architects in the Twin Cities. Luken earned praise and statewide recognition for her careful attention to detail and incorporation of the rich history of the building in her work with Riverview, originally designed by architect Clarence Johnson in 1911 to be a laboratory school for St. Cloud Normal School education students and a neighborhood elementary school. “It was good to work with someone who was so passionate about the project,” Bertram said. To prepare and film the 18-minute documentary, shown during the Riverview open house in April 2010, Bertram and his team captured on video the significance and grandeur of St. Cloud State’s only campus building on the National Register of Historic Places. The 32nd Annual Telly Awards judges received more than 11,000 entries from 50 states and five continents. They honor the best television commercials and programs as well as the finest video and film productions. The coveted awards often are displayed at national video conferences alongside Emmys and Academy Awards.