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Wellsville artists win big at NY International Film Awards


Congrats to choreographer Kate Martelle and digital artist Nick Davis

By Andrew Harris

Two local artists, business owners, and busy members of the Wellsville community have seen years of hard work come full circle. The awards stem from a short film called, “And Still We Rise,” which was choreographed by Martelle and captured on video by Davis.

Kate Martelle, who also owns the Martelle Dance Academy on Main Street in Wellsville, won the “Best Dance Choreography” title. Davis, the owner of Genesee Valley Media, also on Main Street Wellsville, was awarded “Best Drone Video.”

Martelle was ecstatic and announced the news yesterday on social media:

“I am truly honored to share that “And Still We Rise” was recently chosen as a finalist at the New York International Film Awards in multiple categories. They announced the winners today and we WON!! I’m still a bit in shock! But we won Best Dance Choreography and Best Drone Video! I truly could not have done it without Nick and my amazing cast! Thank you thank you all so much!! 🎉*side note – We were previously nominated at the Niagara Falls Festival but did not win. We are also currently a Semi-Finalist at another festival as well! Our little 1:30 film is really making an impact! ❤️

We asked Nick Davis, the guy behind the Wellsville digital media empire, Genesee Valley Media, for his reaction to the win. It turns out that this isn’t the only award Davis has racked up.

“Its awesome! I’m glad the video is doing so well. I was nominated for an award for a Tourism Show I work on with the NY Sherpa.”

Davis explained that the video shoot itself was about six hours, starting at dawn. The digital editing piece of the artwork demanded about ten hours from Davis, clearly well worth the effort!

If you see Kate or Nick on the streets be sure to thank them for the hard work and for putting Wellsville on the map!!!

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