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Hawley man's documentary up for Emmy

"Walking Into The Unknown," a documentary film that traces the personal journey of a middle-aged American Indian male through the health care system, has earned an Emmy nomination in the Cultural Documentary category by the Midwest Emmy Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The film was directed/edited by Hawley native Nate Maydole and features Dr. Arne Vainio, a physician who works on the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Reservation. The film was produced by Ivy Vainio and funded by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa with partial support from the IHS Special Diabetes Program.

"Receiving the Emmy Nomination is truly an honor and is something that everybody associated with the film can be extremely proud of," Maydole said.

"Walking Into the Unknown" is the first feature film that Maydole has completed which makes the nomination that much greater.

It follows the personal journey of Dr. Arne Vainio, an Ojibwe family practice physician. Frustrated by middle-aged American Indian men not getting health screenings, he came to the realization that he, too, was avoiding the necessary screenings.

In the film, he takes viewers with him every step of the way on an intimate and fascinating walk into the unknown, as a doctor reverses roles and becomes the patient. The result is a poignant story of vulnerability and personal revelation that inspires and educates viewers.

More information about "Walking Into The Unknown," including links to health information, a list of screenings, and film excerpts, is available at