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News Release
July 1, 2013

For Immediate Release

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Earns Best Documentary Video Honors at Eureka Springs’ Five Minute Film Festival

Award-winning video highlights Arkansas’ favorite wildlife attraction

(Eureka Springs, AR) – July 1, 2013 – A video about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) earned the Best Documentary Video Award during the Five Minute Film Festival inaugural event, presented by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network on Friday, June 28 in Eureka Springs.

The Five Minute Film Festival featured fifteen films selected from numerous local resident entries for final airing and consideration in six award categories. “About Us – The Story of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge,” a historical story profiling the largest exotic cat sanctuary in the US, was awarded “Best Documentary” during the festival.

“About Us” was produced by Charles Ragsdell and co-written with fellow Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge board member, Eric Studer. Narration was provided by Mike Maloney, and the soundtrack featured “Sunrise” from “Walden, The Ballad of Thoreau,” composed and performed by Michael Johnathon.

“All of us at the refuge are very proud of this wonderful award since the video tells our story so well,” said Tanya Smith, president and co-founder of TCWR.

Other video award winners included:
Best Animation: “This Is Not The End,” by Rachael Moyer & AnnaMarie Prevatte.
Best Art Film: “SWEPNO,” by Edward Robison.
Best Documentary: “About Us – The Story of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge,” by Charles Ragsdell.
Best Drama: “Where’s Your Other Wheel,” by Edward Robison.
Best Movie: “A Fistful of Noodles,” by Melody Purdy.
Best Music Video: “Heart Attack,” by Ambur Rockell.

For more Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge information, lodging reservations and special event details, visit or call (479) 253-5841.


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Background

Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat sanctuaries in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge, located 7 mile south of Eureka Springs, is home to more than 130 big cats and other endangered wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge is voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Destinations and rated the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs by

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Press Contacts
Eric Studer – (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith – (479) 253-3715

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