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PHILADELPHIA – Westminster College recent graduate Troy Jackson ’18 has earned an Emmy nomination for his student-produced “Ghost Witch – Mary Black,” a documentary investigating the facts and fiction behind a Western Pennsylvania ghost story.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nominated Jackson’s documentary in the College/University Student Production – Short Form category for his piece produced for the Westminster Cable Network (WCN).

Troy Jackson goes ghost hunting with his documentary, “Ghost WItch.”

“It feels great to be nominated,” said Jackson.  “Even if it doesn’t win, I’m still proud.  It’s an immaculate feeling to know people enjoyed my film.”

Bradley Weaver, a lecturer of broadcast communication at Westminster College, also received a nomination for his role as faculty adviser to the project.
“Ghost Witch – Mary Black” examines the local folklore of Mary Black, an alleged Lawrence County witch who died in 1888. According to legend, Black’s ghost continues to haunt a wooded area outside of New Castle.
This documentary was Jackson’s senior capstone project. With this nomination, Jackson has set himself up for bright future ahead of him. “Next year I’m hoping to create an award-winning music video—either VMA’s or CMA’s,” Jackson said. “It’s an ongoing goal of mine to create videos, no matter the format, that make people feel, reflect, and connect with.”
Jackson, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in May, served as the producer, director, researcher and cinematographer of the documentary.  He currently lives in Nashville where he works as a freelance videographer.  He’s currently working on the production of a new music video for Grammy-winning country artist Gretchen Wilson.

Nominees for 2018 Mid-Atlantic Emmys will gather in Philadelphia for a gala on Oct. 13.  However, Jackson tells us he won’t be able to attend.  He’s working that weekend.

You can watch Jackson’s  22-minute documentary below or share it social media.

Ghost Witch– The Story of Mary Black from on Vimeo.



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