FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leopold Film to air on PBS Nationwide for Earth Day
CONTACT: Jeannine Richards, Aldo Leopold Foundation 608-355-0279, ext. 25, or firstname.lastname@example.org
BARABOO, WIS.—April 9, 2013 (Baraboo, Wis.) —Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time will make its national public television debut on stations all over the country for Earth Day 2013. Major cities showing the film include Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., New Orleans, and Houston. Currently the film is scheduled to air on stations in over 40 states (including Wisconsin), with more being added daily. In 2012, Wisconsin Public Television began broadcasting the one-hour program statewide. A slightly longer version has screened in theaters and at over 2,000 community venues since the film's premiere in February of 2011.
Green Fire is the first feature-length documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). He is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture. The film was honored with an Emmy® award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 2012.
The film’s on screen guide is conservation biologist and Leopold biographer Curt Meine. The film uses Meine to help explore Leopold’s continuing influence. Meine highlights a multitude ofmodern conservation efforts that connect people and land at the local level. The groups inspired by Leopold range from from environmental educators working in the inner city of Chicago to connect children to where food comes from, to ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico working on cooperative conservation efforts, to wildlife biologists working on bringing back threatened and endangered species. The Green Fire film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future, on Earth Day and every day.
“Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world,” said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker. “What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined.”
Green Fire was produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature. The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Headquartered at the Leopold Center just down the road from the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, the foundation works to connect people and the natural world through Aldo Leopold’s legacy. Learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and get a full list of public television airtimes and stations for the Green Fire movie at www.aldoleopold.org.
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Visit www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/publictv.shtml for a current list of upcoming PBS air times and stations.
Community screenings have already taken place at hundreds of small venues across the country and more are scheduled around Earth Day 2013— find or host a screening near you.
The following people are available for interviews about Green Fire. Contact Jeannine Richards to set up an interview appointment.
1. Buddy Huffaker, Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director and the film's executive producer
2. Curt Meine, Leopold scholar, conservation biologist, and the film’s narrator
3. Susan Flader, Leopold scholar, environmental historian, featured in the film
4. Steve & Ann Dunsky, US Forest Service filmmakers, directed and edited Green Fire. Also worked on the acclaimed film about the US Forest Service, The Greatest Good.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The foundation’s mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Leopold regarded a land ethic as a product of social evolution. “Nothing so important as an ethic is ever ‘written,’” he explained. “It evolves ‘in the minds of a thinking community.’” Learn more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Green Fire movie at www.aldoleopold.org.
The Center for Humans and Nature explores and promotes human responsibilities in relation to the whole community of life. Connect with the center’s ideas through the free e-journal Minding Nature, and find out more about their work by visiting the Programs & Projects webpage at www.humansandnature.org.
Established in 1905, the U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages 193 million acres, conducts forest research, assists forest landowners and helps formulate international forest policy. Learn more about the Forest Service at www.fs.fed.us.
Other 2013 Press Releases:
For community screeners:
Albuquerque-specific press release with more information on the venue, and Leopold's connection to the Southwest.
Wisconsin-specific press release with more information on Wisconsin venues, and Leopold's connections to Wisconsin.
Press Release Template for Community Screenings (full length)
Press Release Template for Community Screenings (short version)