By Indiewire | Indiewire April 11, 2002 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: New PBS Doc Series; "Star Wars" at Tribeca
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Thirteen/WNET New York to Produce Issues Doc Series for Public Television
(indieWIRE/04.11.02) -- Thirteen/WNET New York, a major program provider for
public television, announced it will produce a new original program, "Wide
Angle," a weekly series of one-hour documentaries focusing on issues of
Topics ranging from environmental politics, migration, race, economics,
women's rights, corruption, and global media will receive in-depth coverage.
Each episode of "Wide Angle" will begin with a short segment that places
the week's documentary in context of relevant current events. The film
itself will then take the television audience to a region of the world
for a character-driven narrative that is of global significance although
it may not be making headlines on major networks.
James P. Rubin, former Assistant Secretary of State, and popular British
network ITN anchor Daljit Dhaliwal will host the program on
alternating weeks. After airing each documentary, the evening's host will
present a discussion with a high-profile guest to address the issues
presented in the film. Each documentary will be a U.S. television premiere
acquired from established documentarians worldwide as well as original
productions and international co-productions. "A Very Modern Dictator: A
Profile of Slobodan Milosevic" by filmmaker Leslie Woodhead ("Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave") will screen in the series' first season.
"After September 11 there is nothing more urgent than helping Americans
appreciate the complexities and dangers posed by events around the world,"
said Rubin in a written statement. "'Wide Angle' will provide an
unprecedented public service. I am truly excited to participate in this
unique and long-overdue new program."
Support for "Wide Angle" is provided by the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting, PBS, the Hewlett Foundation, the Jacob Burns Foundation, the Schumann Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. "Nature," "American Masters," "Charlie Rose," and "Stage on Screen" are among the many other programs provided by Thirteen/WNET New York for public television. [Brian Brooks]
>> "Star Wars" Coming to Tribeca Film Festival
(indieWIRE/04.10.02) -- The New York premiere of "Star Wars: Episode II
Attack of the Clones" will take place at the first Tribeca Film Festival,
organizers announced yesterday. The showing on the afternoon of May 12
will be a benefit event for the Children's Aid Society, and two additional
screenings of the movie will be held for children and families affected by
September 11, as well as Children's Aid Society kids.
"As a father and filmmaker, it's my pleasure to offer the film in support of
the children of New York City," commented George Lucas in a prepared
statement. "Following the devastating events of September 11, it's
inspiring to see two great organizations like The Children's Aid Society and
the Tribeca Film Festival join forces to help kids and restore confidence in
the vitality of lower Manhattan."
The Children's Aid Society will be honored by the festival at the "Star
Wars" event as part of its mission to, in the words of organizers, "further
revitalize a region of the city that has struggled to overcome the
devastating effects of the attack." [Eugene Hernandez]