PopWork USA is proud to bestow its 2011 Workers Voice Awards to an impressive array of artists and entertainers and their products whose efforts show work vividly. Based on a survey of people in the arts, entertainment, union, and working family advocates, these awards are an attempt to shine a light on works that reflect the voices of workers today. Survey facilitated by Wyatt Closs.
Criteria for Awards: Evokes voices of workers or issues of working families; Released or were in public sphere between August 1, 2010 – July 31, 2011; commercially available or easily accessible.
Best Film (Feature)
A Better Life. Director: Chris Weitz (Summit/Green Orchard)
Best Film (Documentary)
Triangle: Remembering the Fire. Director: Marc Levin, Daphne Pinkerson (Blowback Productions/HBO Films)
Best Television Show (Drama)
Friday Night Lights. Producer: Peter Berg, Brian Grazer, David Nevins (NBC/DirecTV)
Best Television Show (Comedy)
Parks and Recreation. Producer: Greg Daniels, Michael Schur (NBC)
Best Television Show (Reality)
Dirty Jobs. Producer: Craig Piligian (Pilgrim Films/Discovery Channel)
Best Art Exhibit or Display
Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait. @The Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI)
Best Online Video Short
“We Are Wisconsin”. Producer: Finn Ryan, David Navala (on vimeo)
Best Book (Fiction)
A Moment in the Sun – John Sayles (McSweeney’s)
Best Book (Non-Fiction)
Griftopia – Matt Taibbi (Spiegel & Grau)
Best Song (for Listening)
“I Need A Dollar” – Aloe Blacc (Stone’s Throw)
Best Song (for Rallying)
“Union Song” – Tom Morello (New West)
For a full list of all works in every category that were under consideration, just click here. And go check them all out!
They are worthy of your attention and sharing with others. The voices of working people in popular culture are simply still not loud enough! Make a film, write a song, finance either. Get inspired and tell their stories the best way you know how.