Yoopera! We have exciting news!



The Telly Awards has named Big Doing Productions as a multiple Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece titled Yoopera! With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

The documentary Yoopera! tells the story of how the legacy of family stories and local history inspired both the commissioning and production of a major opera and a widespread community celebration of heritage in the beautiful, remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan (the U.P).

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

For its 35th season, The Telly Awards once again joined forces with YouTube to give the public the power to view and rate videos submitted as part of the People’s Telly Awards. In addition to recognition from the Silver Telly Council, the judging panel that selects the Telly Awards winners, the Internet community helps decide the People’s Telly Awards winners.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Big Doing Productions” accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

“Yoopera! showcases the creative spirit of the people of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We are proud to show a new stereotype of creative artists and talented people from the area and feature the stamina and resilience of a small Midwestern town left behind after an industry moved out,” says the film’s director Suzanne Jurva.

To find out more about the Telly Awards visit our website at www.tellyawards.com.

To find out more about Yoopera! please visit our website at www.yooperadoc.com

For more information about the film, please contact:

Suzanne Jurva

Big Doing Productions



For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Tana Torrano

Market Vision



Yoopera! announces Market Vision as marketing company!

Market Vision is a marketing company with over 20 years experience in marketing and advertising. Market Vision will be seeking corporate sponsorship opportunites for Yoopera's PBS broadcast. For more information, please contact Tana Torranno at osbollc@gmail.com

Tana Torrano 256-829-2208

Suzanne Jurva, director

Suzanne Jurva has been involved in all forms of storytelling, from Tom Hanks’ large screen IMAX film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon to producing and developing for the smallest media, the mobile phone, as co-founder of Starcut, content media aggregator for Nokia Mobile Phone. She has won many film and television awards for producing/directing/writing and has been a part of over 50 film festivals. She, with Erin Smith, was Finlandia Foundation National Lecturer of the Year 2014 screening Yoopera! to organizations around the US. Suzanne worked as a feature film development executive for DreamWorks-SKG creating and heading the research department while working on: Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Minority Report, AI, The Lost World, Gladiator, Prince of Egypt, The Peacemaker, Deep Impact, Men in Black, The Lookout and Lincoln. She is currently working on Prospectors (The Weather Channel), Buzz Heard ‘Round the World: How the Inventor of Operation Got His Funny Bone Back (feature documentary film), and in development on several feature film projects.

She has been part of TEDX Atlanta and her films The Fabulous Ice Age (documentary feature) and Changing Keys: Billy McLaughlin & the Mysteries of Dystonia (documentary feature) won many awards touring the festival circuit. Her work has been seen on NBC News, PBS, MTV, FOX, BBC, Showtime and at The Library of Congress. One of 50 civilians chosen from leadership positions through the US, Suzanne was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 61. She was elected as one of the Outstanding Young Alumni and inducted in the Academy of Arts and Sciences at Michigan Technological University.