History faculty adds Emmy nomination to résumé
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
DENTON— Katherine Sharp Landdeck didn’t hear her name called out among the Emmy Award winners announced Saturday, but the Texas Woman’s University associate professor of history is happy the nomination put the spotlight on what she calls “an amazing group of women.”
Landdeck was the contributing producer for “Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots,” which was nominated for the historical documentary Emmy. Writer, producer and director Bill Suchy in a Facebook posted credited Landdeck’s historical knowledge with making it “the most accurate and complete film ever produced about the WASP.”
Emmy Nominated Documentary - Historical. Silver Wings/Flying Dreams The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Gerald J Godbout III, Bill Suchy, Katherine Sharp Landdeck Ph.D, Bill Suchy Productions/Godbout Entertainment. Poster credit: 2015 Suncoast Chapter Emmy Awards
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Suncoast Chapter announced the Emmy awards Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “Silver Wings” was one of 12 films in the historical documentary category, and though the award went to “Treblinka’s Last Witness” – a film about the last known survivor of the Nazi death camp – Landdeck said she is pleased the WASP film was recognized.
“I am happy that this nomination might make even more people take notice of the film and learn the WASP story,” she said.
Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs to volunteer as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corps program. The goal was to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. The film follows the WASP through their time as pilots and into their fight for recognition as veterans in the 1970s and their 2010 Congressional Medal of Honor award.
It’s a subject close to Landdeck’s heart. She has written extensively about the WASP and is recognized internationally and nationally for her expertise on the subject.
“I have enjoyed working with documentary films to take my historical research to new audiences,” Landdeck said. “It is terrific to have this work honored with an Emmy nomination. It’s not something you typically think of as an historian, and I am humbled to be a part of it.”
For more information on “Silver Wings, Flying Dreams,” visit https://vimeo.com/31303142. For information on the WASP Archives at Texas Woman’s University, visit www.twu.edu/library/womans-collection/featured-collections/women-airforce-service-pilots-wasp/.