Cody Sheehy, son of Dennis and Marcie Sheehy of Wallowa, has won a regional Emmy for his documentary film “Beyond the Mirage.” A producer and videographer, Sheehy is a graduate of Wallowa High School and Oregon State University and Portland State University.
Sheehy, along with his wife, Jatta Sheehy, and their team, were awarded Best Topical Documentary at the Rocky Mountain Emmys in October. The Rocky Mountain Emmys are a division of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences partnered with Arizona Public Media to take a deep dive into water issues facing the southwest in the documentary. Sheehy, who has a masters degree in Rangeland Resources and works for the University of Arizona, was producer and team leader on the film.
The documentary took two years to complete and explores new technologies and challenges old ideas through interwoven stories that connect the Colorado snowpack to the lights of Las Vegas.
“We knew we had made a great film and an important film,” said Sheehy. “But when we watched the other entries in our category, we realized how stiff the competition was going to be. It was pins and needles until the big moment and then pretty surreal to be up onstage accepting an Emmy.”
Sheehy worked from a list of more than 60 water experts for the film. Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center helped fund the documentary by securing a $100,000 New Arizona Prize, Water Consciousness Challenge grant for the team and assisted in developing the storyline.