Catskill Mountain House Wins Gold Remi

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Fri, 07/08/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The feature-length documentary Catskill Mountain House and The World Around was awarded with a Gold Remi award at the 44th Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. The prestigious Remi Award is named after famed sculptor Frederick Remington and was given to Tobe Carey producer/director at Willow Mixed Media a not-for-profit arts group located near Woodstock New York and the man chiefly responsible for the project. The movie tells the story of America's first great mountain top hotel romantic tourism and cutthroat competition in New York’s Northern Catskills. For 140 years from 1823 to 1963 the Catskill Mountain House stood atop the Catskill High Peaks as a symbol of the Gilded Age. Beginning in the 1850's The Laurel House The Hotel Kaaterskill The Overlook Mountain House and The Grand Hotel also became world famous vacation spots attracting world famous business tycoons artists and Presidents. The story of the rise and fall of the Catskill Mountain House is a compelling tale of steamboat and railroad empires bitter rivalries exclusive private preserves fabulous art and picturesque landmarks that celebrated the Catskills as part of the American Grand Tour and as America’s First Wilderness. The latest version of Edius HD nonlinear editing software from Grass Valley was used extensively to cut the movie. Carey used Edius software and all of its real-time built-in workflow tools to shape the captivating feature and prepare it for output to DVD and final distribution. The documentary includes a great deal of material from different sources in different formats. These could all be combined on the Edius timeline during the editing process. “Edius was my bedrock in dealing with many hours of interviews with historians as well as organizing the hundreds of images vintage art 19th century music and period films from the Library of Congress ” says Carey. “The software’s strong and reliable workflow made it easy to shape the film and deal with the many changes that editing a documentary always requires.” The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around premiered in October 2010 and is in wide distribution on DVD. An online trailer is available at