Plattsburgh, NY – 9/30/11 – In 2009 Mountain Lake PBS produced a fully-animated documentary on French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s explorations in North America. The station has now translated the entire program, now Champlain en Amérique and its interactive educational website into French. It received assistance from a 2010 Champlain Quadricentennial Legacy Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the Centre Francophone des Ameriques, the Price Family and The City of Quebec to create this unique bilingual, cross-border project.
Champlain en Amérique explores new territory, drawing on current American and Canadian academic research and scholarship, and collaborating with cutting-edge animators, filmmakers and historians on both sides of the border to create the first historically accurate, completely animated documentary on Champlain in both English and French. Champlain en Amérique will be distributed to schools and universities throughout Quebec and Canada.
“The timing was right for a production that celebrates the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s journeys,” stated Mountain Lake PBS CEO and President Alice Recore, “but with interactive lesson plans and a website to accompany this documentary, it becomes a learning experience beyond entertainment. I’m very proud that we are now providing the entire film, website and education resources in French.” The website address is www.champlaininamerica.org/fr
Mountain Lake PBS Director of Production Colin Powers saw an opportunity with animation to “engage many audiences, young and old, in telling the story of this legendary northern explorer. Animation gave us the tools to accurately depict 17th century North America with historical credibility.”
For more information about the documentary and other premiere dates, contact Mountain Lake PBS at 1-800-836-5700 or 1-518-563-9770.
ABOUT MOUNTAIN LAKE PBS—Mountain Lake PBS reaches over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario, and produces award-winning local programs and documentaries. Mountain Lake devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children from preschool through school age.