Award-winning video showcases region’s heritage

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 A video completed in 2012 and produced by Palmtree Productions, Inc., of Tupelo, in conjunction with the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance (MHHAA) has recently won awards in two separate competitions.

The twelve-and-a-half minute video showcases the rich and diverse heritage of the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area and highlights its key heritage tourism assets, such as the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak in Oxford, and the Tennessee Williams Home in Columbus.

During February, the production was awarded a Silver Addy by the Jackson Chapter of the American Advertising Federation as part of its 2013 ADDY Awards for creative excellence in advertising.  The video won one of 24 Silver Addy Awards out of a total of 202 entries, which were judged based on creativity, originality and creative strategy.

Also during February, the production received five separate awards as part of the 34th Annual Telly Awards.  Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards, according to its official website, “is the premier award honoring the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs,” and “is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.”  The 33rd Annual Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.  (See the following links for more on the Tellys:,, and

The Mississippi Hills video received two Silver Awards in the Non-Broadcast Production categories of Travel/Tourism and Videography/Cinematography, as well as three Bronze Awards in History/Biography, Direct Marketing and Corporate Image.

Anne Palmer of Palmtree Productions collaborated closely with Carolyn Perkins, Marketing Coordinator for MHHAA, to produce the award-winning video, which can be viewed at

 “We would like to thank all of our partners who helped make this video possible in one way or another,” stated Kim Terrell, executive director of the DeSoto County CVB/Tourism Association and current President of MHHAA, “including the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Park Service.”

 “We believe that this video effectively highlights the incredible richness of our region’s cultural heritage and showcases its many treasures,” Terrell continued.  “We hope that our own citizens and visitors alike will agree that the production does justice to the creative legacy of those who helped shape the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.”

In addition to being viewable on YouTube, the video is available on CD/DVD for school groups and other interested parties.  To request a copy, please contact Marketing Coordinator Carolyn Perkins at  To learn more about the heritage area, visit, or contact project coordinator Kent Bain at, or program manager Bobby King at 


For More Information

Please contact Kent Bain at (662) 844-1276 or Bobby King at (662) 844-1277 for additional information.  Email them at or