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Ken Burn's HD National Parks Kicks Off Free Community Cinema Season

August 31, 2009

Ken Burn's HD National Parks Kicks Off Free Community Cinema Season

Milwaukee, WI -- MPTV reaches beyond the small screen to the big screen at Discovery World Innovation Theatre (DWIT) to connect interesting topics to the community through video previews and panel discussions. The third season of MPTV COMMUNITY CINEMA will be held the first Thursdays of the month at 6:30 p.m., September 3, 2009 through May 6, 2010, at the DWIT, 500 North Harbor Drive. Previews and discussions of upcoming PBS series, INDPENDENT LENS documentaries, and local MPTV specials last approximately 90 minutes. Admission is free and open to the public. Groups of friends, neighbors, co-workers, clubs, senior citizens, and other affiliations are encouraged to come together.

Thursday, Sept 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The first preview features highlights from the Ken Burns PBS series premiering on public television this fall. This is followed by a preview of the HD co-production of MPTV and WPT hosted by Dan Small and Patty Loew. Featured Wisconsin areas are The St. Croix National Scenic River, the North Country National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age Trail, and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
Discussion guests: Dan Small, MPTV's OUTDOOR WISCONSIN host and Michael Stafford, president of the Heritage Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.
Host: Raul Galvan, MPTV Production Manager

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

In March 1933, within weeks of his inauguration, President Franklin Roosevelt sent legislation to Congress aimed at providing relief for the one out of every four American workers who were unemployed. He proposed the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide jobs in natural resource conservation. Over the next decade, the CCC put more than three million young men to work in the nation's forests and parks, planting trees, building flood barriers, fighting fires, and maintaining roads and trails. Corps workers lived in camps under quasi-military discipline and received a wage of $30 per month, $25 of which they were required to send home to their families. This film tells the story of one of the boldest and most popular New Deal experiments, positioning it as a pivotal moment in the emergence of modern environmentalism and federal unemployment relief.
Discussion guest: Mark Samels, executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The program is a profile of three principals whose style and leadership are making their schools successful. The principals profiled are: Dr. Cynthia Elwood, Hartford University School; Pascual Rodriguez, Bruce Guadalupe Middle School; and Dr. Floyd E. Williams, Jr., George Washington Carver Academy of Math and Science.
Discussion guests: TBA

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
With a show only weeks away, a senior citizens' choir called Young@Heart must learn a slate of new songs ranging from James Brown to Coldplay. The chorus director leads them through tough rehearsals, proving that rock `n roll can be hard work. This inspiring and very touching story celebrates the unbreakable bonds of friendship and the life-affirming power of music.
Discussion guests: TBA

The remainder of the schedule will be distributed before the winter session starts. For more information, contact Darlyne Haertlein, MPTV Community Relations at (414) 297-7518 or

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