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The Fire Next Time

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PBS Premiere: July 12, 2005


The people of the Flathead Valley in Montana were stunned when a domestic terror cell's plot to kill local leaders was uncovered. Ex-cop Brenda Kitterman and environmentalist Mike Raiman wanted to do something to address the local tensions, but the community was torn. Many residents were losing their jobs in timber and mining, and blamed environmentalists. Adding fuel to the fire was a radio talk show host who declared environmentalists "an enemy... to be annihilated." Over a stormy two-year period, The Fire Next Time follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in a web of conflicts intensified by rapid growth and the power of talk radio. A co-presentation with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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TAGS: activism, conflicts, environment, resolution

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The Fire Next Time (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 12, 2005

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Filmmaker: Patrice O'Neill Bio | Interview | Statement

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Patrice O'Neill
Patrice O'Neill

I made this film for the people on the sidelines who may know their town is in trouble but don't know what to do about it...”

— Patrice O'Neill, Filmmaker


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