LANDMARK DIGITAL VIDEO AND BROADCAST INITIATIVE REVEALS A NATION TRANSFORMED BY WOMEN
PLATTSBURGH, NY – 02/03/2013 – MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA chronicles unforgettable moments in history through a broadcast documentary and builds on the unprecedented multi-platform video experience from PBS and AOL presented by Simple Skincare, MAKERS.com, which launched in February 2012. Through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Mountain Lake PBS will highlight local women as part of this initiative.
Mountain Lake PBS will complement the national online and broadcast initiative with local components. A special edition of Borderless North featuring local MAKERS will air on Thursday, February 14th, at 8:30. Online, Mountain Lake PBS has created a repository for local MAKERS stories. Featured women will include author Sarah J. Henry, Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward, Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, CEO of NCPR Ellen Rocco, and Bloomingdale teacher Janeen Streeeter. These stories will be housed online at http://borderlessnorth.org/arts-culture/mountain-lake-pbs-makers.
Leveraging the combined reach of television and the internet, the project shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live. To expand the local online initiative, Mountain Lake PBS has formed partnerships with the North Country Girl Scouts and SUNY Plattsburgh, inviting young women to submit the stories of women who have inspired them.
“It’s so important for women, especially young women, to have positive models to look to, and we’re proud to be the home for these local stories,” said Jane Owens, Director of Education and Outreach.
“By spotlighting some of the most remarkable women in our nation’s modern history, MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA will tell the comprehensive story of how women have advanced in our country during the last half century. We know the documentary will educate and enlighten, but we hope it will also inspire viewers to make positive changes in their own communities,” said Paula A. Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “PBS and our member stations are proud to support this celebration and dialogue about the role of women in our society.”
The documentary, MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA, will air on Mountain Lake PBS on February 26th at 8 pm. The film tells the story of how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years through one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history, in pursuit of their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy.
The project is founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee. Executive Producers are Dyllan McGee, Betsy West and Peter Kunhardt, who worked in consultation with a team of advisors to select the groundbreaking MAKERS featured, and Dalton Delan, Executive Producer for WETA. The documentary is produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions, Storyville Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. Foundation funding is provided by The Charles H. Revson Foundation, NoVo Foundation, Ford Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Rice Family Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation and others.