Do you love great documentary films? Would you like to see them on your local public television station? A recent Center for Social Media report showed strong public support for public-purpose programming and popular anger that many public television stations decide to repeatedly air programs like Antiques Roadshow during prime viewing hours, while relegating meaningful documentary films few slots, frequently in the middle of the night. In addition, many public television station choose not to air many meaningful documentaries at all.
Please help make sure that your local public television affiliate knows what you value. POV and Independent Lens both fund and distribute some of the best new docs on public television stations throughout the United States. They publicize these films and release schedules for when they are going to air. However, if you have ever tried to watch a documentary on your local public television station, you have likely found that the show that you want to watch is not airing on the date or time that was advertised. Local affiliates have discretion over which shows to air and when to schedule them. Here in the Washington DC area, we are lucky to have three public television stations, WHUT, WETA, MPT. Unfortunately, WHUT, WETA and MPT frequently air ITVS’ Independent Lens, and POV and other great documentaries not on the dates and times advertised for national distribution, but mostly if they choose to air them at all, they air them days or weeks later, in the wee hours of the night.
Nationally, Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”) has decided to promote documentaries into a more desirable time frame. This fall, PBS will program POV documentaries to air on Monday early evening time slot. The purpose of this blog post is to encourage documentary lovers and all lovers of great films to encourage your local PBS affiliate to follow PBS’ lead and air Independent Lens and POV documentaries on Monday evenings, at the times and days that they air nationally. To the uninitiated, this seems like a relatively minor issue. However, for documentary filmmakers, the issue is quite important for building audiences and promoting their films. Obviously, it is not desirable to have your film air at one in the morning, but having it air on a different date in every major city is also a tremendous impediment to viewers like you and me. Please contact your local public television affiliate and encourage it air these great films during the same days and times are they are intend to be seen nationally.
Click here to send an email WETA: http://www.weta.org/contact
WETA, 3939 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206
Or contact Maryland Public Television here: email@example.com
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Boulevard
Owings Mills, MD 21117-1499
Or contact WHUT here: http://www.whut.org/whut/?page_id=28
Howard University Television
2222 Fourth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
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Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies is a moving tale of discovery. Two siblings travel halfway across the world to piece together the troubled history that their mother almost took with her to her grave. Jeanne and Simon are young adults living in Canada, oblivious to their mother’s turbulent past. The siblings are set in motion after their mother goes into a catatonic state. Jeanne seeks to carry out her mother’s wishes and her brother seeks to distance himself from what he sees as the final manifestation of his mother’s incomprehensibility.
Visiting Lebanon for the first time, Jeanne discovers the horrors her mother spent her whole life trying to protect her from. Flashbacks to her mother’s youth during Lebanon’s civil war are effectively used to make Jeanne’s journey vivid and revealing. She walks through the same dusty streets and country lanes as her mother had decades earlier. Many are almost unchanged. The scenery is stark and beautiful. A language barrier is the least of her difficulties. She is fluent in two languages, but cannot decipher her mother’s history without significant assistance and determination. The hostility Jeanne encounters from the women of her mother’s native village, is striking for it ferocity. After all those many years, hatreds have not subsided. After discovering part of the riddle, she convinces her brother to join her to locate their missing family members. Although the story they piece together is brutal, it is also filled with love and sacrifice that is not easily forgotten.
Set in the South in the early 1960s, the relationship of a young white society woman, Skeeter, and a friend’s maid, Abileen, provide an important window into the world of discrimination that was at the time, not only condoned, but by some, even encouraged. It was a way of life that was enforced by law. What starts as a relationship of necessity, becomes a friendship built upon mutual respect. Having been waited on all her life by her family’s maid, Skeeter needs Abileen to provide her the how-to for her newspaper’s household advice column. As an aspiring writer, Skeeter longs to tell a far more important story, from the perspective of the maids in her town. As Skeeter becomes more intimate with the struggles of the black women who raised generations of white children, she, together with the audience, begin to lose respect for many of her white childhood friends as they attempt to perpetuate the repressive social structure. The maids, who at their time were seen more like posessions than people, are seen through the eyes of Skeeter to be resilient, loving, and beautiful characters. The richness of these characters and the white women surrounding them make this powerful story one that will bring you to laughter and tears. You can’t help but root for Skeeter and Abileen as they traverse the dangerous terrain that must be passed through to arrive at the truth.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
It’s now possible to visit about a dozen art museums around the world without ever leaving the comfort of your home.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
“Redemption Stone-The Life and Times of Tom Lewis” will have its U.S. Television premiere Monday May 24th on the Documentary Channel at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Redemption Stone introduces Tom Lewis, a storyteller of quiet power, who recounts the social upheaval and rebirth that shape his unique American journey. A spiritual vision inspires Tom to open an after-school safe haven called The Fishing School and to turn hardship into hope for the children in his community.
I made this cool interactive, collaborative map on Google today. It includes all of the art galleries and some (of the many) “hot spots” on H St.
See below or click here for the full-featured map: http://tiny.cc/Hstreet
Studio H Gallery and Workshop, 408a H street NE
Dissident Display, 416 H Street NE
City Gallery, 804 H Street NE upstairs
Gallery O/ H, 1354 H Street NE
Conner Contemporary Art, 1358 Florida Av NE
G Fine Art, 1350 Florida Av NE
Industry, 1350 Florida Av NE (upstairs)
Evolve Urban Arts Project, 1375 Maryland Av NE
These films and post-screening discussions look interesting:
June 16 at 5:15 p.m.
Post-screening discussion with Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (PARADISE LOST, BROTHER’S KEEPER, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER)
June 16 at 7 p.m.
Post-screening discussion moderated by longtime USA Today sports writer David DuPree featuring filmmaker Pete McCormack and producer Derik Murray.
MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN
June 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Post-screening panel discussion featuring filmmaker Lucy Bailey, moderated by Peter Godwin, former BBC foreign correspondent and author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa.
NO IMPACT MAN
June 18 at 4:45 p.m.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Award-winning NPR national correspondent Daniel Zwerdling featuring filmmakers Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein and film subject BusinessWeek senior writer Michelle Conlin.
June 18 at 7 p.m.
Post-screening discussion featuring members of the filmmaking team, Leah Daughtry, CEO 2008 Democratic National Convention, Katherine Archuleta, DNC Lead City Planner, Chantal Unfug, Denver liaison to the DNC, Curtis Hubbard, Denver Post political editor, and Denver Post reporter Allison Sherry.
FRED WESLEY QUARTET
June 19 at 7-8 p.m.
Fred Wesley Quartet in performance at the Downtown Silver Spring Plaza Stage on Ellsworth Drive between Georgia and Fenton. The legendary Fred Wesley, featured in the film SOUL POWER, delivers a little of his own.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE
June 19 at 7:15 p.m.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer Robin Givhan and filmmaker R.J. Cutler.
June 19 at 9:45 p.m.
Post-screening discussion and performance featuring filmmaker Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and legendary funk/jazz trombonist Fred Wesley.
EPISODE 3 – ENJOY POVERTY
June 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Post-screening discussion featuring filmmaker Renzo Martens moderated by WAMU-88.5 FM host Kojo Nnamdi.
Closing Night: THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY
June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Post-screening discussion moderated by Emmy Award-winning NPR news analyst Juan Williams, featuring Civil Rights activist Lawrence Guyot, Dorothy Brizill, Executive Director DC Watch, and NBC4 News reporter Tom Sherwood.
The annual Artomatic festival runs May 29 to July 5 above the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line – exit closest to National’s Stadium). There will be four bars inside, exhibits by hundreds of local artists, and two stages for live music & dance performances. Harry’s exhibit is on the second floor near the stage. It is on the north side of the building, with windows overlooking the Capitol.
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My friends (Roger & Elaine)
were captued on tape visting the Noyes Gallery, where we had gone to see an exhibit on recycled art featuring a friend’s (Randall Clever’s) creations.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )