Reston Director Wins Peabody Award

Rebekah Wingert-Jabi also hard at work on "The Reston Story."

Reston filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi is a 2013 Peabody Award winner for her work on My Neighbourhood, the story of a Palestinian teenager forced to share a section of his house with Israeli settlers. 

The Peabody Awards, which recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters, producing organizations, and individuals, were announced last week.

Click here to watch the 30-minute film for free.

Wingert-Jabi co-directed the film with Julia Bacha. Wingert-Jabi's mother, Vicky Wingert, a board member of Reston Community Center and the Reston Historic Trust, was a co-producer.

Wingert-Jabi is also hard at work on another project - a film about Reston's first 50 years. The movie is slated to be a centerpiece of the celebration in Spring 2014 that will honor Reston founder Robert E. Simon's 100th birthday and Reston's 50th anniversary.

Wingert-Jabi moved to Reston in 1973, when she was a few days old. After earning degrees in Asian Studies and film and living in Asia, she returned to Reston four years ago with her husband. She is now raising her own family in what once was the "New Town."

"The further away I got from Reston, the more I realized how much I loved it and what makes it unique," said Wingert-Jabi.

Wingert-Jabi is working with researcher/writer/producer Susie Jones - as well as with young interns and South Lakes High School students - to go through hundreds of pieces of Reston home movie footage, memorabilia and photos that might be suitable for the movie.

They still welcome contributions for the archives that will tell Reston's story.

"Anyone who has anything visual - magazines, photos," said Wingert-Jabi. "That's how we keep the past alive."

The team is also looking for sponsors. The project is expected to cost about $350,000. Even with grants from the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Association and Reston Community Center, they still need additional individual and community support.

Wingert-Jabi and Jones say as of now, the film - tentatively titled The Reston Story - will look at the history of Reston, as well as current issues at the 50-year mark. Among them: The potential redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course and Lake Anne and Metro's Silver Line, which will open in late 2013.

"Right now, it is a story about a very unique place," says Wingert-Jabi. "Reston made a mark on urban development when it emerged in the 1960s. "Now at 50, it is facing some growing pains.

At Founder's Day on April 13, the team will be taping the celebration, as well as interviewing Restonians. They will also soon be launching the film's website, www.therestonfilm.com.

Have something the moviemakers should use in the film? Contact them at Restonfilmrwj@gmail.com.


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John Lovaas April 02, 2013 at 02:12 PM
What an amazing achievement! Congratulations on your award for excellence in telling such an important story and then taking on the challenge of tye story that has been waiting so long to be told, Reston's. Bet there are a couple of super proud parents at Lake Anne!
Mike Jewell April 02, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Hope there is a component on youth sports, especially the Reston Youth Basketball and later local High School (mostly South Lakes) era when Carlos Yates, Michael Jackson, Kerri Gilmore, Christy Winters, Jerome Scott, Grant Hill, Brian and Troy Allen, Quinn Harwood, Steve Beecy, Joey Beard and many others excelled
Connie Hartke April 02, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Congratulations! My husband has video of Lake Audubon from the early 1980's when almost every boat was a sailboat. Will look for it.
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi April 03, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Great! I look forward to seeing it. Rebekah
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi April 03, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Thank you, John.
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi April 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
This is definitely an important part of the Reston story. Thanks for the info!
John Pinkman April 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Congratulations to one of Reston's oldest families who always have a passion for their work. And to think you gave up a career as a professional softball player!
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi April 03, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Thank you, John. I think my mother would be much happier if this was a sports award.


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