La Jolla residents Wally Schlotter and Jared Davis took home the Emmy Award in the category of Best Entertainment Program for their short film “Residue” at the June 26 Emmy presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Schlotter executive produced the film, while Davis served as director, writer, producer and actor.
“Residue” was inspired by factual events. In 1970, the CIA secretly trained a group of 12 Cambodian soldiers to assassinate communist Vietnamese insurgents inside Cambodia, paving the way for a new pro-American government. But once the coup was successfully executed, each member of this secret army team began to turn up dead.
Fast forward six years later. A young man who has escaped the horrors of the Khmer Rouge sets out on a personal war against the ones he feels are responsible for what is happening in his country.
“Residue” received a total of four Emmy nominations. The film’s composer, Larry Groupe, also took home an Emmy in the category of Musical Composition/Arrangement.
Schlotter has received some 30 Emmy nominations and multiple Telly and Aurora awards throughout his producing career for his work on films, television programs and commercials.
He served on the board of governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, co-founded its Student Scholarship Fund, and was the youngest member inducted into the Academy’s Silver Circle for veterans with more than 25 years in the profession.
As San Diego Film Commissioner for almost 20 years, Schlotter helped bring $170 million to the city’s economy. He is Chairman Emeritus of the San Diego Film Festival, founding chairman of the San Diego County Board of Education’s iVIE Awards and Film Festival, and co-founder of the Anaheim International Film Festival. He also serves as vice president, special projects, for UltraStar Cinemas.
This is the first Emmy win for filmmaker Davis, who hails from Mobile, Ala. “Residue” is his second independent film.