contact local PBS about new Appalshop series

Steve Fesenmaier (mystery12@charter.net)
Sun, 23 Feb 2003 09:16:59 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friends,

We need your help to get Appalshop's latest Headwaters television
series
on
your local PBS Station. "Headwaters: Real Stories from Rural
America"
presents nine hour-long episodes celebrating the cultures and
exploring
the
concerns of citizens of rural America.

The recent controversy over CBS plans for a Beverly Hillbillies
reality
TV
series, and a Kellogg Foundation survey showing more than 75
percent of
rural TV news coverage focusing on crime, are dramatic illustrations
of
why
the viewing public needs programs presenting a rounded picture of
rural
realities.

Headwaters will be offered to PBS stations by NETA beginning Feb.
28,
2003.
Please contact the Program Director at your local PBS station,
preferably
before 2/28. Encourage him/her to download the series and
schedule it
for
broadcast.

You can find contact information at http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/
or

write us at headwaters@appalshop.org for assistance. (KET:The
Kentucky
Network and WV Public Television supported production of many of
these
programs and are planning to air the series)

For more information on the Headwaters series visit us at
www.appalshop.org/headwaters

Here is the Headwaters line up ?

--- A Place in the Country: Hosted by Ray Suarez from The
NewsHour with
Jim
Lehrer, the program focuses on the challenges facing rural America
and
the
efforts of community development groups in California, South
Dakota,
Texas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Maine. Grassroots folks
demonstrate how they build on local assets and initiative to help
small
towns and rural residents improve their economies and quality of
life.
(A
co-production with the Center for Rural Strategies and Rural LISC).

--- Ralph Stanley?s Story: A portrait of this Grammy award?winning
bluegrass
great and current star of the ?O Brother, Where Art Thou??
soundtrack,
the
program explores Stanley?s musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of
Virginia.

--- Shelter: The story of five rural women, victims of domestic
violence,
who try to find freedom, justice and safety for themselves and their
children.

--- His Eye is On the Sparrow: A portrait of Ethel Caffie Austin, a
powerful
African American singer known as West Virginia?s ?First Lady of
Gospel.?

Girls Hoops: Profiles several recent teams while exploring the
history
of
girls? high school basketball in Kentucky starting in the 1920s.

--- Rough Side of the Mountain: Documents the ?steel ceiling?
encountered by
many poor rural communities as they struggle to develop new
economies in

hard hit areas.

--- To Save the Land and People: A history of the early grassroots
efforts
to stop strip mining in eastern Kentucky, the program makes a
powerful
statement about the land and how we use it, and how its misuse
conflicts

with local culture and values.

--- Hazel Dickens: It?s Hard to Tell the Singer From the Song: From
the
coalfields of West Virginia to the factories of Baltimore, this National

Heritage Fellow has lived the songs she sings, fashioning from her
experiences a gritty country music that speaks of hard work, hard
times
and
hardy souls.

--- Coal Bucket Outlaw: Built around a day in the life of a Kentucky
coal
truck driver, the program gives Americans a direct look at where our
energy
comes from, and reveals the human and environmental price we
pay for our

national addiction to fossil fuels. Applewise: Third generation family
farmers struggle to make a living from a small orchard in an era of a
global
economy.

--- Stranger with a Camera: An encore presentation of this award-
winning

exploration of the relationship between media makers and the
communities

they portray in their work.

Please let us know how we can help you and what response you get
from
programmers. Thanks !!!

Mimi Pickering & Anne Lewis