ValleyPBS needs some financial help to make the documentary “Silent Sacrifice: The Story of Japanese American Internment and Beyond in California’s San Joaquin Valley.” It would be one of the biggest productions in the local public television affiliate’s history.
The Fresno station has received a $373,000 grant from the National Park Service to create and air a documentary chronicling life before, during and after the incarceration of Japanese Americans from the San Joaquin Valley. It’s a 2-to-1 matching grant, says Elizabeth Laval, vice president of operations for ValleyPBS and executive and supervising producer of the documentary. That means the local station must find enough support to raise the remaining $186,500 by the end of 2016.
“The story of Japanese internment irrevocably touched many Sun-Maid growers and their families during a difficult chapter in American history,” says Barry Kriebel, president of Sun-Maid. “We are proud to support this project and encourage other businesses to help ValleyPBS reach its grant match target.”
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Every dollar raised will go directly to making the documentary.
KVPT is aiming to be part of 15 projects in five states funded by National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grants to tell the story of the more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens, who were imprisoned by the U.S. government following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the camps where Japanese Americans were held until the end of the war. The local production would be unique as the majority of the other grants are going to the digital archiving of materials.
Phil Meyer, ValleyPBS president and CEO, says the station staff knows how powerful stories like these are, based on the station’s previous local history films, such as “Valley of Hope” about Armenian emigres in the Valley.
“ValleyPBS is committed to telling this intensely personal story in the inspiring, educational and emotional manner that it deserves,” Meyer says.
The local documentary would focus on the assembly centers – temporary housing until the Japanese Americans could be shipped to internment camps – in Fresno, Tulare, Merced and Pinedale. The stories would be told through accounts of the camps either through direct interviews or letters.
“Imagine what it would be like for a grandparent to tell their grandchildren for the first time – because of the shame they feel – about what happened,” Laval says.
Pre-production on the documentary has already started. Along with the documentary, ValleyPBS will produce eight video and printed lesson plans for grades 7-12 available to teachers across the nation through the PBS LearningMedia website.
Anyone who has materials that could be used in the film, knows someone who would like to share their story or would be willing to help fund the project may call Laval at 559-266-1800 ext. 350.
Best cook: Hallmark Channel’s daytime series “Home & Family” is looking for the best home cook in America. One winner will be selected to spend a week preparing his or her favorite dishes from the show’s set at Universal Studios Hollywood. The week’s worth of shows will be produced sometime between Sept. 5 and Nov. 11 with hosts Mark Steines and Debbie Matenopoulos.
You must be at least 21 and legally able to work in the United States.
Video applications will be accepted until Sept. 4. For more information, go to dreamjobbing.com/dreamjobs/homeandfamily.
Water works: “Killing the Colorado,” a film that will debut at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, on the Discovery cable channel, has a local connection.
Filmmakers Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman, Barbara Kopple, Alan and Susan Raymond and Jesse Moss find the multiple reasons behind the water problems in the West and the search for solutions. Parts of the film take place in the Valley.
Viewing the Olympics: NBCUniversal will present 1,000 hours of live programming airing across nine broadcast and cable networks, 650 hours of on-demand programming and 4,500 hours of NBC Sports app streaming content. You can find it all if you are a Comcast subscriber by going to Front Row to Rio on the main menu or Xfinity On Demand sections of the guide, under “TV” and “Sports.”
X1 customers can find live Olympics (Aug. 5-21) programming by clicking the “Guide” button twice and selecting “Rio 2016” for live listings.
Olympics programming will be on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Universo, Telemundo and USA Network.