The PBS series, American Experience, will premiere my new film, TRIANGLE FIRE, this coming Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:00pm (check your local listings). On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers died in a fire at the Triangle Waist Company. It was one of the largest workplace accidents in the nation’s history and few could deny that in the catastrophe lay a harsh truth: private industry had manufactured an industrial nightmare. From the ashes of the Triangle Waist Company arose the most sweeping and aggressive workplace reform laws in the nation and a powerful new conception of American government as an institution with a duty to guard the safety and dignity of its citizens.
I hope you can tune-in!
I know we're all looking forward to Stanley Nelson's FREEDOM RIDERS on American Experience next month, especially those of you who met Stanley at Workshop or just admire his work. Here's another connection, too: One of the students taking part in the 2011 Student Freedm Ride, Marshall Houston of Alabama, credits his Documenting Justice professor, Andrew Grace, for pointing out the opportunity. Tx, Andy!
A note from Yoruba Richen to share:
From Laurens Grant
OPRAH SPOTLIGHTS FREEDOM RIDERS!!! TODAY!!! WED. MAY 4!!!
Oprah invites Director Stanley Nelson and nearly 200 surviving freedom riders as guests on her show - 50 years after they first got on the bus to change America forever. Producer Laurens Grant in attendance!
Freedom Riders premiers Mon. May 16 on PBS' acclaimed history series American Experience. Check your local listings for show times. Help spread the word!
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News from Robin Hessman --
Dear Friends of My Perestroika,
We hope you are having a great June!
We are really proud to announce that My Perestroika has been selected for the Economist Film Project which means that the film is going to be featured on the PBS NewsHour on Thursday, June 23rd! Last week, we recorded English voice-overs for our NewsHour segment. (Since they simultaneously broadcast on the radio, the subtitles wouldn't do.) Robin was a frighteningly convincing Pioneer leader.
In other news, we will be opening at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago on June 17th and later at The Wilmette Theatre on June 24th. Please help up spread the word to all your Chicago friends!
Don't forget that right now My Perestroika is still playing in San Francisco, West Newton, MA, Boca Raton, FL, Concord, NH, San Jose, CA, and Portland, OR.
Soon we will have screenings in Utica, NY, Ogden and Salt Lake City, UT (with Skype Q & A with Robin) and The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH on June 19 & June 21st. Internationally we have upcoming screenings in Barcelona and Slovakia.
Again, all info is on the screenings page of our website. http://myperestroika.com/screenings/
It makes a big difference every time each of you tells a friend about My Perestroika. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you so much!
Great review for My Perestroika in the WSJ:
It's on POV this week, congrats!
A note from Loren Mendell, one of those (few) delinquent Workshop grads without a page on our site. OK, Loren, I'll put this up this time, but get on board!!
I've been directing the A&E show INTERVENTION this year and my first episode premieres Monday night at 10pm (check local listings b/c at my house it airs at 7pm and 11pm). The episode characters are Sarah and Mikeal and here's a quick preview: http://www.aetv.com/intervention/index.jsp
Thanks for your support and hope you "enjoy" it. Loren
ANOTHER WORKSHOPPER FILM on PBS!! 'The Learning' Airs Tuesday at 10 PM
POV's 24th season continues tomorrow at 10 PM with the U.S. broadcast premiere of The Learning, a surprising tale of immigration, globalization and America's shifting position in the 21st century told through the experiences of four Filipina women who leave their families and schools in the Philippines to teach in Baltimore. Check your local listings.
Join POV for a live chat Wednesday, September 21 at 4:30 PM ET with filmmaker Ramona Diaz (Workshop '02) and the teachers featured in the film. Then visit the website to view deleted scenes from the original cut. The Learning will also be available online beginning Wednesday, September 21.
Keep up with the films at POV, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.