Press Releases


January 31, 2011


Milwaukee, WI -- (January 31, 2011) MPTV announces films to be previewed during the next four Community Cinemas. The monthly film previews are free, open to the public, feature an expert panel, and are followed by an open discussion. Films are broadcast on MPTV later in the season. The upcoming topics include:

* a doomed teen facing life-sentencing
* a reconnected family member separated by genocide
* the first female leader of an Islamic nation
* the racial turbulence of the 1960s recalled by local voices.

This is the fourth year that MPTV has hosted the previews in the Innovation Theatre, conveniently located at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, just north of Summerfest. Parking is available underground for $1 or street parking may be available. The programs begin at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 to 110 minutes. The upcoming schedule follows.

February 3, 2011
This one-hour Independent Lens production is the story of troubled 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown whose series of bad decisions ended with her killing a man. She is sentenced to life in a Tennessee prison and will serve a minimum of 51 years. The film challenges our assumptions about violence, explores how biology and family history can doom some young people, and asserts that we all have choice and are responsible for our actions. The questions asked by this film are not easily answered. The guest expert is Judge Karen E. Christenson from Milwaukee County Children's Court. The broadcast date is March 1, 9 p.m. on MPTV 10.1.

March 3, 2011
Genocidal violence challenges the moral fortitude and grace of one woman's mission for peace in this one-hour Independent Lens film. When civil war came to Rose's Congolese village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter. Rose managed to escape with nine of her 10 children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. More than a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the U.S. where they must come to terms with the past and build a new future. The broadcast date is March 29, 9 p.m. on MPTV 10.1.

April 7, 2011
This Independent Lens production focuses on one of the most fascinating and important world leaders of our time. Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead an Islamic nation. Her story unfolds like a Shakespearean tale. The broadcast date is not yet scheduled.

May 5, 2011
This MPTV production, by Everett Marshburn, shares the experiences of local citizens who participated in the turbulent 196os that changed the United States. Their inspirational stories enhance the sneak peek of the American Experience Freedom Riders. A group of civil rights leaders took a desperate step to gain the attention of President Kennedy to force the protection of their constitutional rights. The broadcast date is not yet scheduled.

For more information, contact Darlyne Haertlein, MPTV Supervisor/Outreach Services at 414-297-7518 or

MPTV is a community-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained, and inspired. Today, MPTV offers viewers a family of 10 digital channels - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MPTV Viewer services can be reached at 414-297-7520,, Twitter and Facebook.

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10.3 MPTV V-me (Spanish language)
36.1 MPTV (HD as of 2/7)
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10.4 MPTV Weather
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