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MPTV Community Cinema Previews "Hell and Back Again"

March 22, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 22, 2012 - Milwaukee Public Television will hold a free preview of an Independent Lens production, HELL AND BACK AGAIN, on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. HELL AND BACK AGAIN will air on May 28th at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

Embedded during a U.S. assault on a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis captures the frontline action with visceral immediacy. When 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris returns home to North Carolina after a life-threatening injury in battle, the film evolves from stunning war reportage to the story of one man's personal apocalypse. With the love and support of his wife, Harris struggles to overcome the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life. The two realities seamlessly intertwine to communicate both the extraordinary drama of war and, for a generation of soldiers, the no-less-difficult experience of returning home. An unprecedented exploration of the moving image and a film of uncommon intimacy, HELL AND BACK AGAIN comes full circle as it lays bare the true cost of war.

HELL AND BACK AGAIN was a 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Cinematography Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

The free screening of HELL AND BACK AGAIN will be followed by an open discussion, with special guest panelists from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Andy Hendrickson, RN, served in Afghanistan with the Army Reserves with a Combat Support Hospital unit and is team leader for the VA Medical Center's extensive outreach and collaboration with the military. He also provides classes and programs on readjustment/transition issues for returning combat veterans. Jennifer Kiefer, MSW, is the Center's polytrauma team social worker and works with veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in conjunction with other wounds of war.

MPTV Community Cinema will be held at Discovery World's Innovation Theater, located at 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two traditional television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The station is watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit


Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
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Darlyne Haertlein, Manager-Community Relations
P: (414) 297-7518