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MPTV Community Cinema Previews "Strong!"

April 19, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Wis., April 19, 2012 - Milwaukee Public Television will hold a free preview of an Independent Lens production, STRONG!, on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. STRONG! will air in Summer 2012 on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2.

STRONG! chronicles the journey and challenges an unusual elite athlete faces. Cheryl Haworth is a young woman with a big dream: to be the strongest woman in the world. In 2000, Haworth, age 17, won a bronze medal at the Sydney Summer Olympics, becoming the first American woman to medal in weightlifting and the youngest women's weightlifting participant in the history of the sport. Four years later, at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, Haworth finished sixth after injuring her elbows on her first lift. But this time around, Haworth is healthy and ready to win another medal in Beijing, and she takes viewers behind-the-scenes as she prepares for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. With humor and candidness, she shares what weightlifting means to her and challenges popular notions of power, strength, health and beauty.

The free screening of STRONG! will be followed by an open discussion, with special guest Ken Weber, owner of Milwaukee's Brickyard Gym, who has taught physical education and has competed both in weightlifting and bodybuilding. He received a degree in Physical Education and Recreation with a double minor in Adaptive Physical Education and Health from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At one point while recovering from a shoulder injury, he began a strategic and intensive workout plan which led him to the world of weight-training.

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
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