New Series ‘Local, USA’ Showcases Best Documentariess from Local Public TV/Independent Producers
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LOCAL, USA PREMIERE
New 13-part series showcases documentaries from local public television and independent producers
Watch on World Channel -Monday, October 21, 2013 (Check Local Listings)
BOSTON-October 18, 2013 – WORLD Channel and WTTW, Chicago Public Television, are premiering a new series, Local, USA, highlighting the best works of local public television and independent producers Monday, October 21, 2013. Clean, organic and simple, Local, USA is a story-driven half hour series of evergreen topics, hosted by Evan Allen-Gessesse and Niccole Thurman, two vibrant personalities who introduce people and places in different parts of the country, and the stories that make them unique.
The focus in Local, USA is on story, character, and place. Through 13 weekly half-hour episodes, each program consists of up to 4 stories centered around a theme explored from interrelated points of view. The stories build on one another to provide not only a better understanding of the topic, but also of what unites the U.S. in all its diversity — and what makes places distinctive. Episodes offer a broad spectrum of perspectives including unique characters, cherished town traditions, returning veterans, home-made art, and farm foreclosures. “Local, USA brings together the best local stories from within the public television system and beyond,” says WORLD Executive Producer Chris Hastings. “Through each of these episodes, we’re giving a voice to every corner of America.”
“It’s such a treat to see the quality and depth of work from PBS stations all across the country as well as the work of independent producers,” said co-producer Jamie Ceaser.” It’s really exciting,” she added. “We’re really trying to create a true sense of community with this show,” agreed co-producer Ed Griffin.” Even though you might live in the Midwest, we want you to feel connected to a story that comes from the Pacific Northwest or the Southeastern corner of Florida,” he said.
Tune in to the series premiere of Local, USA Monday, October 21, 2013 on WORLD Channel. Learn more at http://worldchannel.org/programs/local-usa/
EPISODES FROM SEASON 1 LOCAL,USA
Through the Past * Monday October 21, 2013
Wherever we go, the past is never far behind. From Chicago, Illinois to Lincoln, Nebraska and Weston, Florida to Toledo, Ohio, Local, USA explores four stories connecting us to times gone by.
Sense of Place * Monday October 28, 2013
Finding a sense of place…and purpose in four stories through a young girl from Memphis, a family of native descent in Lincoln, Nebraska, a whimsical San Franciscan artist, a silent film star in Seattle, and a lifelong Chicagoan.
Finding One’s Voice * Monday November 04, 2013
Searching for an artistic voice and a way of expressing oneself. An autistic artist in New Jersey finds the best tools to communicate his wonderful works of art — despite barely uttering a word — and a young Chicago prodigy connects with her inner performer and discovers her electrifying voice.
Soldier Head Trauma * Monday November 11, 2013
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, has received increasing attention especially among athletes and soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. We examine the links between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the damage they can do, through the story of retired Army sergeant Andrew Reeves of Colchester, Vermont.
Native American Culture * Monday November 18, 2013
Three stories about modern Native American culture: the effects and solution of climate change in the Pacific Northwest; a Lincoln, Nebraska sculptor, linking the past to the present; and the fight to revive a language in Oklahoma.
Defying Disabilities * Monday November 25, 2013
Three stories question the limits of any disability: the loving marriage of two intellectually-challenged individuals in New York City; a volunteer program that introduces unlikely candidates to surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii; and a blind North Carolina hiker sets out to climb the Appalachian Trail.
Beehive Spirits * Monday December 02, 2013
Utah is not exactly the first place you think of when talking about alcohol & liquor. But since the early days of prohibition, “The Beehive State” has a unique foray into distilling spirits. We retrace Utah’s fight for and against alcohol with a look at the characters keeping it alive today.
See more episode descriptions at http://worldchannel.org/programs/local-usa/
Call for Entries
Local, USA is accepting submissions for content from public media organizations nationwide as well as independent media makers and journalist.. If you have produced a compelling short film, local program, or snapshot feature of a great story, a place, or an individual, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for completed segments or half hour specials produced locally that can be cleared for national distribution. We are primarily seeking second window content but would be open to originally produced content for the web as well.To submit to the show, visit http://worldchannel.org/submit-local-usa/
Local, USA is a co-production of WTTW/Chicago and WORLD Channel, and is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Producers are Jamie Ceaser and Eddie Griffin. Associate Producer is Maggie Ness. Camera: Tom Siegel and Tim Boyd. Lighting Director: Tom Godar. Field Supervisor: Dave Moyer. Editor: Tim Jackson. Post Production Supervisor: Don De Martini. Art Director: Linda Fox. Graphic Designer: Reed Marvine. WTTW Executives in Charge: VJ McAleer and Dan Soles. For WORLD Channel: Coordinating Producer: Melissa Miller. Project Manager: Sharon Wong. Executive Producer: Christopher Hastings. General Manager: Liz Cheng.
About WORLD Channel
WORLD is a 24/7, full service multicast channel featuring public television’s signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. Launched in August 2007, WORLD is produced and distributed by WGBH/Boston, American Public Television (APT) and WNET/New York in association with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). WORLD is distributed by APT and is broadcast with coverage reaching nearly two-thirds of the United States.
WTTW is the Midwest’s premier public media organization, committed to creating and presenting unique television and digital media content. WTTW is dedicated to bringing Chicago and the world together to explore the arts, sciences, humanities, and public affairs across four distinct television channels – WTTW11, WTTW Prime, the Spanish-language channel WTTW V-me, and WTTW Create/WTTW WORLD, and onwttw.com, where visitors can connect with others in the community and access a full library of local and national video content for kids and adults, interactive features, event and membership opportunities, and robust microsites and blogs dedicated to WTTW series and specials. Each week, WTTW reaches an audience of 1.8 million over a four-state area, making it one of the most-watched public television stations in America.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.