Museum of American Armor video wins “Telly Awards” competition

Creators Michael Mancusi and S. L. Kelley cited for their creative approach


Gary Lewi 212 843-8010


Following a national competition among outstanding regional television and cable commercials and programs two Long Island videographers have been presented with a “Telly Award” for their mini-documentary on the Museum of American Armor on Long Island.

convoyMichael Mancusi and S. L. Kelley were presented with a coveted Telly for their production of, “Museum of American Armor, A Museum on the Move.”   It features the museum’s operational collection of fully-restored World War II vehicles which evoke the heroism and nostalgia of an earlier era to bring history to life for new generations.  This video can be viewed at:

“We are deeply honored to be presented with this award but we were equally honored to be allowed to work with these armored vehicles, priceless icons of an era when our nation’s very survival was on the line. We know of the courage and valor required to field these weapons of war– my father drove a Sherman tank in Patton’s Army—so we found it a welcome challenge to convey that the lessons of WWII are still relevant today,” stated Ms. Kelley.

“In addition to the judges who deliberated over our work we also want to thank the Museum of American Armor, and its president and founder, Lawrence Kadish, who inspired us to create this video and made it possible by restoring WWII era armor,” offered Mancusi.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.   The Telly Awards showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.

Michael Mancusi and S. L. Kelley are a New York/Florida-based creative team of video artists who have been honored for their work in numerous competitions such as the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards and the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, among others.  They have garnered numerous Telly Awards since 1992, winning the Telly’s top honors for their video productions created for clients such as broadcast industry giants, Ikegami Electronics USA and Sennheiser USA.

The team, which writes, shoots, produces and edits custom communications videos, has traveled the world producing promotional videos for tourism boards, embassies of countries and Fortune 500 companies, as well as documentaries, educational programs, and television commercial campaigns.

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