Steven Hacker Films Wins Two Top Honors

BEACHWOOD, OHIO – June 26, 2014 – The 35th Annual Telly Awards bestowed its highest honor on Beachwood, Ohio production company Steven Hacker Films ( for To Be a Woman in the Holocaust: Cleveland Stories, a documentary produced for Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage ( From a field of more than 12,000 entrants from all 50 states and numerous countries, Steven Hacker Films was awarded the Silver Telly in two categories: Religious/Spirituality and Films With Budgets Under $700 Per Minute.

To Be a Woman in the Holocaust: Cleveland Stories recounts the personal experiences of four Northeast Ohio women survivors. “This film is both quite sad and incredibly uplifting,” explains director/cinematographer Steven Hacker. “Ultimately, it shines a light of hope, revealing remarkable strength exhibited during mankind’s darkest hours.”

“The creation of this poignant, original film allowed us to make very real connections to our community,” says Maltz Museum Director of Development David Schafer. “Steve captured some truly inspiring stories we can share with visitors for years to come.” The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video
departments in the world.

For its 35th season, a prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents. The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work. Entries do not compete against each other, rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as winners of the Bronze Telly.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Steven Hacker Films’ accomplishment illustrates the production company’s creativity, skill and dedication to its craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Steven Hacker Films produces documentaries, films and commercials. It is currently in pre‐production on a feature short project slated to be filmed in the Cleveland area later this summer.

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