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MPTV Offers New Cinema Series

August 16, 2007


New Cinema Series
Previews TV Documentaries

MPTV Community Cinema, a series of free documentary previews, will open with the first screening of Stories from the Homefront: The War in Wisconsin at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

The new monthly series, sponsored by Milwaukee Public Television, will provide the opportunity to see and discuss new documentaries that address significant social issues. It is free and open to the public. The featured productions will be broadcast on MPTV-10 later in the month.

The first presentation will include a question-and-answer session with the program's producer, MPTV's Everett L. Marshburn, and other guests. The evening also will include excerpts from Ken Burns' The War.

Stories from the Homefront reveals the challenges and opportunities that World War II presented to state residents. The 30-minute documentary gathers insights and recollections from area historians, surviving WWII vets, and former German POWs, as well as women and African Americans who found employment in Milwaukee's factories.

Three more Community Cinema screenings are scheduled. All programs begin at 7 p.m. at Discovery World, and will be followed by a discussion with special guests:

Miss Navajo, Thursday, Oct. 11. The Miss Navajo Nation beauty pageant gives contestants opportunities to showcase not only their beauty but also their skills in dance, music and sheep slaughtering. It is a celebration of womanhood.

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, Thursday, Nov. 8. Dr. Jack Kessler, a prominent neurologist, shifts his diabetes research to stem cell research when his daughter is paralyzed from the waist down.

An Unreasonable Man, Thursday, Dec. 6. This program takes an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of recent times.

Miss Navajo, Mapping Stem Cell Research and An Unreasonable Man will also be shown in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Union Theater at 7:30 p.m. the night before their MPTV Community Cinema screenings. Those presentations are part of a UWM class in documentary filmmaking, but will also be free and open to the general public.

MPTV Community Cinema is one of a number of new services, special events and local programs commemorating Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary. Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, viewers enjoy a broad choice of quality programs on MPTV-10, MPTV-36, MPTV-HD and an array of digital services.
MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.