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Capturing nature brings Emmy to New Windsor man


Charles Bokor of New Windsor keeps his Emmy in an unpretentious spot.

"It's sitting on top of a speaker," the free-lance director and producer said.

Mr. Bokor specializes in directing, producing and editing nature programs.

He won the Capital Region Emmy for a 1992 show he did for Maryland Public Television on the Olympic white-water slalom team.

"Most of the team was made up of people from Maryland," he said. "It was a story about the history of the sport."

Mr. Bokor is from Hastings-on-Hudson, outside New York City. He attended City College of New York and received a degree in English.

He moved to Baltimore in 1975 and then to New Windsor in 1983.

"I moved to Maryland because I found New York too crowded," he said. "I always wanted to find a little house in the woods and I did.

"The real reason is the television market in this area," he said.

"There isn't that much drama in this area, and to do that I'd have to go to New York or California.

"I like it here," Mr. Bokor added.

He said he became interested in video work in the late 1970s and early '80s.

"Portable video equipment was first being developed and that's what interested me," Mr. Bokor said. "Portable equipment were considered toys in television."

He started at Maryland Public Television in 1977 as a production assistant.

He said he worked his way up through the ranks and was able to learn television there.

Although he is no longer an employee, he still does free-lance studio and technical direction for MPT.

He also has produced seven segments for MPT's "Outdoors Maryland."

The two most recent segments, "Winter Harvest" and "Great Falls," will air on MPT at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

"Winter Harvest" is about regulated shooting areas in Dorchester County where mallard ducks are raised specifically to be hunted.

"There's been a lot of flak about it this year," said Mr. Bokor. "It was strange shooting that because I hadn't been exposed to much hunting before."

He said the project is so interesting because of the friction between animal rights activists and hunters, many of them lawyers and lobbyists, who say the areas allow them to hunt and take pressure off the wildlife population.

He was more familiar with the material for "Great Falls" -- the unsanctioned, down-river races on the Potomac. Mr. Bokor has been a kayaker for 12 years.

Mr. Bokor researches most of the information for his productions. He writes scripts and sometimes does the editing.

This summer, he edited "Pride: Legacy of the Baltimore Clipper" for SOBO Video Productions. The piece is a history of the Pride of Baltimore narrated by actor James Earl Jones.

He is working on a project about people who build wooden boats.

"With documentaries, it's happening in front of you," said Mr. Bokor. "You don't make it happen."

He will continue to seek out interesting projects.

The name of his company, IZZAT Videos, is a Hindi word meaning "the power to command admiration."

"The idea of getting to meet people and finding out how they build their lives is intriguing," he said. "The challenge is trying to translate that into a small amount of time.

"It's more than writing a book."

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