ROGERS CITY - One of the creators of a documentary on the history of the Calcite limestone quarry is thrilled the film has been nominated for two Emmys.
Anne Belanger found out about a week ago that "A Century in Stone" was nominated for an Emmy for best historical documentary and best writing, she said. She and her brother, Brian, made the documentary as part of the celebration of 100 years of operations at the Calcite quarry. Together, the two of them make up Bon Ami Filmworks.
To make the 26-minute film, the Belangers interviewed numerous retirees, some of whom were in their 90s, Anne said. Brian wrote the script, and the two incorporated archival footage. They also interviewed employees of Carmeuse Lime and Stone, the company that currently operates the quarry.
"It's been an eye-opener for people, because I don't think they understand how this limestone is used in everyday products," she said. "More importantly, over 100 years ago this area was lumbered, and when the lumbering left, they found this limestone."
Once it was completed, several Public Broadcasting Service stations in Michigan aired the show, Belanger said.
It's not the first of the Belangers' documentaries to be nominated for an Emmy. In 2010, their documentary about the sinking of the freighter Carl D. Bradley, "November Requiem," won for best documentary and best musical score.
Documentaries are Belanger's favorite format because she loves history, she said.
"I love to be able to tell a story that gets people to think, and hopefully enlightens them," she said.
Anne and Brian will be going to Detroit to see the Emmys live on June 15, she said. While she'd love to see the film win one or both awards, just getting the nomination over so many submissions is an "amazing" honor. It's also a good thing for Rogers City.
"I think any time that not just the community of Rogers City but actually the entire region, the Northeast region, is recognized like this, people take notice," she said.