Ethan Lightner Receives Emmy
November 26, 2009
MPTV BROADCASTING ALUM CONGRATULATED FOR HIS EMMY FOR PARKOUR PROJECT
Milwaukee, WI - Kevin F. Pulz, senior producer & director for MPTV and chair of the MATC Television & Video Production Division, proudly congratulated one of his alumni for his 2008-2009 Midwest Emmy. Ethan Lightner was honored for his Category #S-5, College Student Production - Entertainment Program/Segment entry "Running Free: An Urban Exploration Documentary -- Milwaukee Area Technical College/WMVS."
Ethan's program was created for MPTV's 2009 Student Operations Day, when second-year TVP students take over WMVT-36 and program a day full of student productions from second-year students (individual programs) and first-year students (group programs). Ethan's program explores Parkour, the efficient movement of the body to overcome obstacles. Those that have mastered the art are profiled, including traceurs Nick Kane, of Los Angeles, and Brian Rower of www.rawmercury.com.
According to Pulz, "This honor is akin to the Oscars of broadcasting, and to be recognized in this fashion, with competition from big markets like Chicago and students from large and prestigious communications universities, like Northwestern/Purdue/Wisconsin/Minnesota/etc., is unprecedented for MATC!" MATC's students have the opportunity to harness their creativity by applying the latest in production techniques and technologies that prepare them for television and film careers throughout the United States." The MATC Television and Video Production is an associate degree program. Students have the opportunity to gain practical video production background by working in the high-definition studios of Milwaukee Public Television.
For additional information, contact Kevin F. Pulz, Senior Producer/Director Milwaukee Public Television and Chair, Television and Video Production Division of MATC, at 414-271-1036.
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Here is additional information on Parkour from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour
A traceur performs an équilibre de chat (cat balance).
Parkour (sometimes also abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement  (English: the art of moving) is a non competitive physical discipline of French origin in which participants run along a route, attempting to negotiate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, as if moving in an emergency situation, using skills such as jumping and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The object is to get from one place to another using only the human body and the objects in the environment around you. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, but parkour is often seen practiced in urban areas because of the many suitable public structures that are accessible to most people, such as buildings and rails.
The official definition from the American Parkour website says, "Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment."
Parkour practitioners are often called traceurs if male, or traceuses if female.