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Documentary about Mississippi artist Walter Anderson won 2 Emmy Awards

Note: An award was incorrectly included in an earlier version of this story.

From color to shape, style and character, Mississippi artist Walter Inglis Anderson stands out among his peers.

Anderson may have died in 1965, but his work continues to amaze, fascinate and engage viewers around the world.

It was the colorful personality and prolific artwork of the Ocean Springs artist that inspired Anthony Thaxton and Robert St. John to produce the documentary “Walter Anderson: The Extraordinary Life and Art of The Islander,” which premiered in November 2021 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Seven months later, the documentary received two Emmy Awards out of four nominations.

“I went there and thought we were going to win two of the four, one for Best Direction and Best Original Score,” said St. John. “I never thought we would win Best Documentary, I thought it was cool to be nominated, but with the competition we have, there’s no way.”

Anthony Thaxton, left, and Robert St. John show the Best Historical Documentary Emmy Award for which they won "Walter Anderson: The Islander's Extraordinary Life and Art."

The 2022 Southeast Emmy Awards were presented on June 18 in Atlanta.

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Thaxton and St. John received an Emmy for Best Historical Documentary and Thaxton’s son, Bryant Thaxton, won an Emmy for Best Musical Composition / Arrangement.

Bryant Thaxton, now 22, wrote and recorded the music when he was 19. Some of the musicians were teenagers when the documentary was produced.

“It was a real Father’s Day gift,” said Anthony Thaxton.

Anthony Thaxton was also nominated in the categories of best long-running director and editor.

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