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MUTED: Climate Marginalization in America Receives a GOLD and Two SILVER Telly Awards

Tampa, Florida (May 22, 2024) – The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) announced today its groundbreaking documentary has received top honors with a GOLD Telly Award in the Social Impact (Non-Broadcast) Category for its film highlighting the impacts of climate change, extreme weather, and historical bias on marginalized communities along the Gulf Coast. “MUTED” also received a Silver Telly Award in the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Category and a SILVER Telly Award in the Documentary-Long Form (Non-Broadcast) Category from the record-breaking 45th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies. This year’s other winners include Adobe, Calvin Klein, ESPN, LinkedIn, Mother Jones, MTV Entertainment Studios, NASA, the LA Clippers (NBA), PlayStation Studios, Sawhorse Productions, TelevisaUnivison, and more.

“MUTED” takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through the Deep South, where generations of local knowledge, history, and culture are threatened by climate change. This thought-provoking documentary explores the untold truths, hidden pain, and unshakeable fear that haunts rural, underserved people in communities across America. The film highlights the challenges and resilience of Indigenous groups and communities of color recovering from recent disasters and systemic and poor infrastructure issues.

“Receiving these prestigious awards for ‘MUTED’ is not only a great honor but also a significant recognition of the stories and struggles of marginalized communities affected by climate change. This film brings to light the critical issues faced by these communities and underscores our commitment to advocating for climate justice and equity,” said Chauncia Willis,” CEO and Founder of I-DIEM. “We are incredibly proud of the impact ‘MUTED’ has made and are grateful for the opportunity to share these powerful narratives with a wider audience.”

“The caliber of the work this season truly has reflected the theme of going beyond the frame. Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” shares Telly Awards Managing Director Amanda Needham. “The Telly Awards is uniquely positioned to meet the industry where it’s actually making work, be that on television or TikTok.”

This was a record-breaking year with nearly 13,000 entries from across the globe and top video and television content producers. Winners were chosen by The Telly Awards Judging Council which includes Nathalie Van Sasse Van Ysselt, VP of Design and Creative Services, MSG Sphere Studios; Barry Christie, Global Creative Lead, Meta Creative Shop; Farihah Zaman, Director, member of Brown Girl Doc Mafia; Aiden Darné, VP, Global Studio Lead Shutterstock; Malinda Wink, Executive Director Minderoo Pictures. The full list of the 45th Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at More information on MUTED can be found in the MUTED Media Kit.

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About The Telly Awards The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include the Gotham Institute, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, LAPPG, Production Hub, Green the Bid, Video Consortium, and Series Fest. New Partners include FWD-Doc, AI Film Festival, Reel Abilities Film Festival, and Film Fatales.

More information can be found at the Telly Awards Press Center:

About the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management is a 501(c)3, global non-profit organization established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity, and our vision supports empowering marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle. For more information about I-DIEM and its initiatives, visit



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