Argentine filmmaker Jorge Preloran, a pioneer in ethno biographic film making, and Richard Hawkins earned an Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Short category for directing Luther Metke at 94, a film that presents a portrait of Luther Metke, a veteran of the Spanish-American war. Even in his advanced age, Metke continues his work of building log cabins by hand in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. The film documents many aspects of log cabin building as Metke works on a hexagonal cabin and teaches his methods to a young couple. Additional footage shows Metke's daily life, accompanied by a voice over of his recollections, commentary on log cabin construction, and musings on life.
Best Documentary Short, Luther Metke at 94, 53rd Academy Awards, Nominated