“Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey,” the feature documentary co-produced by Glass Entertainment Group and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, has been nominated for a 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmy.
Filmed on location and on Kalmar Nyckel, a full-scale replica of the original Swedish colonial ship, it depicts the epic adventure that launched the colony of New Sweden in the Delaware Valley. It tells a story of transatlantic adventure and exploration that is a significant part of Delaware’s history. The Emmy Awards will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Philadelphia Marriott.
“We are honored to be included in the highly prestigious and competitive Documentary category, up against six other films,” said Nancy Glass, CEO and executive producer of Glass Entertainment Group. “It’s a testament to its exciting narrative, beautiful cinematography and rich history. We also share our gratitude with the entire cast, crew and everyone associated with the film.”
“’Kalmar Nyckel: The Forgotten Journey’ sheds new light on America’s colonial history in what we think are two interesting and important ways,” said Executive Producer Sam Heed, who is also senior historian and director of education for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation.
“First, the film reminds us that the Atlantic Ocean was a first frontier of America’s colonial history, a vast and dangerous wilderness that shaped the lives of everyone who made the crossing. America’s colonial history begins at sea. Second, as a story about Sweden’s colonial exploits in North America – yes, Sweden established the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley – the film makes the point that America’s founding experiences were not nearly as simple and straightforward as we often make them out to be.”
The film features stunning sailing sequences from Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware, and commentary from some of the world’s leading experts on North American and Swedish maritime and colonial history. In 1638, the Swedish Crown chose to compete with the North American rival Dutch and English powers by sending Kalmar Nyckel across the harsh Atlantic in pursuit of trade relationships and unclaimed territory.
The documentary was co-produced by the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and Glass Entertainment Group; it initially premiered in December 2017 on WHYY, PBS Philadelphia with great reviews. It re-aired in mid-June 2018 during a WHYY Pledge Night. The film is being marketed for an international broadcast and DVD release.