For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253
WXXI AND THE LITTLE THEATRE HOST A FREE SCEENING OF CLINTON, AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FILM, FOLLOWED BY A TALKBACK WITH DR. TIMOTHY KNEELAND
February 13 at 6 p.m. at the Little
Rochester, New York (January 30, 2012) – WXXI and the Little Theatre are proud to present their first joint presentation for the Rochester community—a free screening of the American Experience film Clinton on Monday, February 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The film on the 42nd American president will screen in Theatre 5 of the Little, 240 East Avenue, and will be followed by a talkback with guest speaker Dr. Timothy Kneeland, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Nazareth College. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but seats are limited, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit: WXXI.org/events or call (585) 258-0200.
Clinton explores the history of an American president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history. The program recounts a presidency that would define the crucial and transformative period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11, as well as considering how Clinton’s conflicted character made history, even as it enraged his enemies and confounded his friends. Clinton also features unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders, as well as interviews with foreign leaders, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton’s years as governor of Arkansas, biographers and journalists.
There will be a talkback with Dr. Kneeland, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Nazareth College following the screening. Dr. Kneeland’s teaching incorporates civic engagement and public history, and he is currently working on a long-term project with community partners to reconstruct and retell the history of African Americans in the Rochester area. He often serves as a political analyst for local media, and his interest in American politics and cultural history is evident in his publications, which include Push Button Psychiatry: A Cultural History of Electroshock (2008 revised) and “Presidents and Radio,” a chapter in American Presidency in Popular Culture.
Clinton makes its TV premiere on WXXI-TV/HD Monday, February 20 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
In December 2011 WXXI Public Broadcasting Council and the Little Theatre announced a formal, long-term affiliation. The affiliation enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities. Together WXXI and the Little promise to enhance the cultural life of the community, and help to strengthen two of Rochester’s most vital cultural institutions.
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