New Nine Network special production to tell story of the Central West End
St. Louis, MO — May 26, 2017 — The Nine Network is presenting a special production covering the rise, near fatal fall and resurgence of one of St. Louis’ liveliest neighborhoods. The special production includes a documentary, book and an online oral history collection consisting of hundreds of interview segments. The documentary, A Place Worth Saving: The Story of the Central West End will premiere at a free public screening on June 1 at 7 p.m. in the Missouri History Museum’s Lee Auditorium.
By the 1970s the entire Central West End neighborhood had come to be associated with blight and was only saved through the efforts of a handful of visionary individuals and institutions. As only the Nine Network can, this new documentary blends first-hand accounts with oral histories, rare archival photographs and never-before-seen aerial drone footage. The production includes interviews with preservationists, developers, politicians and neighborhood residents who tell the story of the nearly condemned neighborhood’s transformation into a St. Louis gem.
“We have not done anything like this before,” said Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “The story of the Central West End parallels our commitment to inspire positive changes and outcomes in our community. The story is instructive to the region and an affirmation that we can, indeed, overcome nearly impossible challenges.”
A beautifully illustrated book from St. Louis-based author and editor Candice O’Connor will be released in conjunction with the documentary. This hardcover book is 320 pages of historical photographs and beautifully told history. It will be available along with a DVD copy of the program during a pledge premiere on June 5 at 8 p.m. on Nine PBS.
As a further companion resource, an online archive of hundreds of interviews with figures integral to the neighborhood’s resurgence, conducted during the making of the film, will be published online and made available to the public. Together with the film and book, these assets make up the most complete and meticulously researched history of the Central West End available.
The screening is free but registration is required. It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by the film’s producer, Patrick Murphy. For those unable to attend the advanced screening, A Place Worth Saving: The Story of the Central West End will premier as an uninterrupted broadcast on June 26 at 8 p.m. on Nine PBS.
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.