Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It took almost a million dollars...

...to clear the rights and get ALL 14 hours of the landmark civil rights series Eyes on the Prize back to air -- if your local PBS station isn't carrying the rebroadcast of Eyes II (airing on four consecutive Sundays, Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24), call and ask them to do so.

Eyes II begins in 1965, picking up where Eyes I left off. "Eyes on the Prize II covers a divisive period in American history that is highly relevant to what is happening in the political landscape today," said Judi Hampton, sister of the series' late creator, Henry Hampton, in PBS press materials.

Sam Pollard and I produced, directed and wrote two films for Eyes II, "Two Societies" and "Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More." The latter film won Emmys for both writing and editing (they were edited by Betty Ciccarelli), and the series won the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. It's worth tuning in!

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