Ken Burns Documentary Premieres in Luverne, MN

August 27, 2007

Highlights of The War, a new documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will have a special screening in Luverne, Minnesota, one of four American towns featured in the production.

The seven-part, 15-hour long PBS series is schedule to begin airing on public television stations on Sunday, September 23.

According to PBS publicity materials, the series uses the personal stories of citizens from four American towns to weave a dramatic portrait of the impact of World War II on the U.S. The towns, Sacramento, CA; Waterbury, CT; Mobile AL; and Luverne, MN, will all have local screenings of highlights of the series. Ken Burns is schedule to attend the screenings and lead a question and answer sessions.

The Luverne screening is scheduled at the Palace Theater at 8 p.m. on September 6. Followed by screenings in Mobile (9/8), Waterbury (9/10) and Sacramento (9/13).

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Added 8/29/07: Burns will also appear at Northrup Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis on September 5. See the Minnesota Film and TV Board’s news site for details. The event is sponsored the U and Twin Cities Public Television.

Added 9/7/07: An extended preview of “The War” is now available via YouTube. And when they say extended, they’re not kidding. It runs 26 minutes.


Minneapolis Filmmakers Among Heinz Finalists

August 27, 2007

Minneapolis filmmakers Jim Davis and Dan Raleigh are among the finalist in the Heinz “Top this TV Challenge” contest. Their spot, which is called “Heinz Group Therapy,” was one of the top 15 entries in the YouTube-hosted contest.

You can support them by voting at www.topthistv.com. The rules allow you to vote once per day through September 10.