New Nine Network Documentary Gentlemen of Vision Premieres September 12

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New Nine Network Documentary Gentlemen of Vision Premieres September 12

Young Men Changing the Course of Their Lives through Competitive Stepping

St. Louis, MO — August 31, 2016 A nationally acclaimed, high school step team from St. Louis’s North County suburbs is the subject of a new Nine Network documentary. The film depicts the tremendous journey of members of the Gentlemen of Vision (GOV) competitive step team during the 2015-2016 season.

This engrossing documentary follows the team as they strive to win their national competitions, graduate from high school, and position themselves to achieve success in life. The film celebrates their resilience, their brotherhood, and the enduring bond with their coach and champion, Marlon Wharton.

Gentlemen of Vision premieres Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS and nationally on the World Channel (Nine World) on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. ET), and will play throughout the fall on Nine PBS and across the community. As part of the release of the film, the community is hosting watch parties, sharing step moves on social media using #ShowMeStep, and learning more about GOV through the Nine Network’s short, digital segments on social media. A private screening is also being held with the Gentlemen of Vision team and their family and friends to celebrate their story. The St. Louis International Film Festival, which runs November 3-13, will host multiple screenings of a director’s cut of the film. This version will also be entered into national film festival competitions.

GOV cofounder Marlon Wharton, a school counselor at Riverview Gardens High School, demands team members’ time, discipline, good grades, and a clear plan for the future after graduation. He asks them to think beyond the competition and remember that they have choices—and failure is not one of them. With a 100% high school graduation rate, he builds the team’s winning tradition by acting as both step coach and life coach.

The story of the Gentlemen of Vision emerged from the Nine Network’s work on the American Graduate initiative. The Nine Network leads this national and local initiative to help young people succeed in school and in life, with the goal of increasing the graduation rate nationwide to 90% by the year 2020.

Gentlemen of Vision is a production of the Nine Network in association with independent filmmaker Frank Popper. The documentary is part of the American Graduate initiative and made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and regional support from the JSM Charitable Trust, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, the Missouri Humanities Council (in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities), Express Scripts, and Emerson.

About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.

About American Graduate
American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help keep youth on the track to a high school diploma and beyond. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 128 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and one territory. National partners include Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation. With engagement of the community and content that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations are important resources in helping young people succeed in communities across the country.


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