New Nine Network Documentary a Tribute to Missouri’s State Parks
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St. Louis, MO — May 5, 2017 — On May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Public Media Commons, The Nine Network will screen its new documentary tribute to 100 years of Missouri state parks. In Wish You Were Here—A Century of Missouri State Parks, the Nine Network takes you on a trip to some of its most beautiful parks in the state and features interviews with historians, park officials and public policy representatives.
The half-hour documentary, produced by Patrick Murphy and edited by Brian Holder, dives into the history behind the creation of a system that is today comprised of 91 designated state parks, as well as the importance of outdoor recreation for city dwellers across the state over the course of the last century. Part urban, part rural, with flavors of the north and south, the film captures the true breadth of one of the most ecologic diverse states in America.
Viewers will discover the landscapes, terrains, rivers, lakes and historic sites of Missouri state parks including Arrow Rock State Historic Site, Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and Historic Site, Roaring River, Bennett Spring, Prairie, Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Lake of the Ozarks, Katy Trail, the Scott Joplin House, and Echo Bluff.
“At Nine, the engagement process with the community always comes first. When we’re able to convene community partners to help tell an amazing story, we believe we show our unique value to the community,” said Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “And who better to tell this story than the Nine Network?”
A panel discussion made up of those close to the film and Missouri Parks will follow the screening. The event is free but registration is required (sold out). Wish You Were Here—A Century of Missouri State Parks will also air during the Nine Network’s pledge drive on June 8 at 8 p.m., followed by a broadcast premiere on June 19 at 8 p.m.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating 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 Network 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 PBS KIDS), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. 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.