September 2017– TV Programming Highlights
Sept. 1 @ 8pm – Richard Linklater: American Masters
Take an unconventional look at the fiercely independent filmmaking style that emerged in the late 1980s-90s, sparked by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker of Boyhood, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. Features never-before-seen footage and interviews.
Sept 5 @ 7pm – Walt Disney: American Experience (two week series)
Explore the complex life and enduring legacy of the creative genius as he made films such as Cinderella and Mary Poppins and realized his dream project, Disneyland.
Sept. 7 @ 8pm – Beyond La Bamba
Through the compelling story of a young musician who leaves home to follow his dreams, Mexico’s 300-year-old son jarocho tradition comes vividly to life in Beyond La Bamba. From the rural roots of Veracruz to the urban rhythms of the Midwest, a family of iconic musicians forges a new life but remains true to their music.
Sept. 7 @ 8:30pm – The Head of Joaquin Murrieta
For over a decade filmmaker John J. Valadez searched for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who blazed a trail of revenge and rebellion following the theft of his land, and the rape and murder of his wife. In the summer of 1853 he was killed by bounty hunters who put his head in a jar and displayed it. One hundred and sixty-two years later, Valadez is convinced he finally has the head. This is an irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Sept. 8 @ 7:30pm – Third Rail with OZY (series)
Emmy Award-winner Carlos Watson moderates an electrifying debate on a provocative topic each week with experts and celebrities. Digital and studio audiences contribute to each debate, accompanied by ongoing social media conversations.
Sept. 12 @ 7pm – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
In the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this documentary examines the life of Martin Luther and the profound impact his ideas had on the course of Western history. Narrated by Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville.
Sept. 12 @ 9pm – Frontline Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Hear the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted after the financial crisis. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) chronicles the Chinese immigrant Sung family’s fight to clear their names.
Sept. 13 @ 9pm – The Farthest – Voyager in Space
Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.
Sept. 14 @ 8pm – Second to None
Most high schools have a band, but few can compare to the Liberty High School Grenadiers (Bethlehem, PA). Three hundred members strong, this locally-revered, world-renowned musical institution wears red coats, brass buttons, and bearskins. They perform for Presidents and Queens. In their arms, they carry sousaphones and bagpipes. In their hearts, they carry tradition.
Sept. 15 @ 8pm – Ballet Hispanico
Enjoy two iconic works from the country’s premier Latino dance company: CARMEN.maquia, a modern take on Bizet’s passionate opera, and Club Havana, a virtuosic reimagining of a sizzling nightclub by Cuban-born choreographer Pedro Ruiz.
Sept 17 to 21 and Sept. 24 to 28 – The Vietnam War
In this series, directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War. The film features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Six years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. It includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations and more than 100 iconic musical recordings by many of the greatest artists of the era.
Sept. 18 @ 8:30pm – Saigon Stories
Like many other Americans of her generation, news reporter Lily Jang’s family immigrated to the US at the end of the Vietnam War. Join Lily as she journeys back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to check out the vibrant youth culture of the city where she was born and discovers surprising US/Vietnamese cultural connections in fashion, food and more. This program is supported by a 5-part video blog called “Lily in Vietnam” that was produced while Lily and crew were shooting the program in Vietnam earlier this year.
Sept. 21 @ 8:30pm – Peace Meals
The concept is simple: bring together a Vietnam Vet and a Vietnamese refugee who immigrated to the US after the war for a simple meal, and see where the conversation leads. Then do the same with young people who are a generation removed from the war. The program helps build bridges between veterans and immigrant communities – who have sometimes had trouble connecting – and to shed light on the nature of citizenship, assimilation, and what it means to be an American.
Sept. 24 @ 8:30pm – Getting Here: Journeys from Vietnam
In the early 1970’s there were fewer than 100 ethnic Vietnamese in Houston. Today, the region is home to more Vietnamese Americans than any other place in America outside of California. This program highlights the fascinating and often harrowing stories of several Vietnamese families as they escaped Vietnam and came to call Houston home.