Parkersburg native wins Emmy Award

PARKERSBURG – A documentary by a Parkersburg native has won an Emmy for Best Short Format Program at the 2014 Heartland Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards.

The documentary, “Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection,” which profiles two projectionists during their final days on the job before AMC purchased the theater and converted to digital projection, was directed by Jason Gwynn, a 2002 graduate of Parkersburg South High School and the son of residents David and Crystal Gwynn.

The 28th annual Heartland Regional Emmy Awards and Silver Circle presentations were held July 12 in Denver. More than 600 people in the industry participated.

Gwynn and Jay Sheldon of Oklahoma City, Okla., shot the film in October 2012 at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City.

Theaters are converting to digital format as 35mm prints of studio releases will no longer be made available after this year.

The documentary is about the projection process and movie-going experience as it is now and explains what the conversion to digital will mean for moviegoers and film projectionists worldwide.

“It is a huge honor to receive this kind of recognition,” Gwynn said. “Our short film has garnered more praise than we ever could have imagined.”

The documentary has completed a year-long festival run, winning five best picture awards along the way.

It was recently released online and can be viewed in its entirety at or by searching “going dark” on’s search page.